As mentioned in an earlier post, the purpose of this blog is to help people understand geospatial and its potential. In this post we'll briefly look at another benefit of the technology:
The ability to manage geographically
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a visualisation tool and its ability to visualise locational information is perhaps it’s most powerful feature. By being able to locate our information on either a map or a device we have a unique advantage over other information systems - the ability to see and analyse spatial patterns and relationships.
Appropriately enough, GIS data is represented using geometric shapes. Roads and rivers may use lines, cities and location features may use points, while administrative and natural boundaries may consist of enclosed shapes known as polygons. After all geometric shapes are used frequently in the modern workplace.
Professionals with an understanding of these tools can make better informed and more sustainable decisions. This could include logistics businesses which need to know where their customers are and how they can be accessed. It could also include engineers who need to locate infrastructure assets or policy makers who need to assess the potential effect of budget changes on local communities.
Being able to manage geographically means knowing what currently exists and where it exists and this approach is a fundamental requirement in todays age.