What is a GIS?
A GIS (geographic information system) is a “framework to organize, communicate, and understand the science of our world”. It can be used to gather, manage, and analyze data, specifically spatial locations. By organizing the data into maps and 3D models, it can help the user to more deeply understand patterns and insights in data that can be used to inform decisions on a site.
With that in mind, why should you utilize a GIS for your business?
1) Effective Interpretation of Data
Geoscience often requires a visualisation that offers spatial context to be able to effectively interpret the data. In tree planting, for instance, it’s a good idea to be aware of the entire site; to gain a better idea of how many trees can be planted, how far apart they should be, and get an idea of how it will look when the project is completed.
Recording data without being able to effectively interpret it is useless; and wastes time when it could be better used by your business when data is inputted into a QGIS, such as our product Mapscape, you’ll gain a better understanding over the data that’s being recorded in order to inform future business decisions and the logistics of the tree planting you’re looking to undertake on a given site.
2) Streamlined Process
Recording data manually and by hand is something that a lot of urban forestry businesses and contractors continue to do – and it’s causing a lot of time to be wasted in the industry. Utilizing a QGIS streamlines the entire process so that while the software analyzes and interprets the data, your time can be better spent on business procedures that cannot be automated in this way.
By streamlining the process like this; your business will move faster. The hours that would previously have been spent recording data and scoping out the intended tree planting site can instead be spent on customer outreach, preparing tools and workers ready for the current site being worked on, and preparing the site for tree planting. And if your competitors are utilizing GIS software; you can be assured they’re leaving you behind and saving time. With that in mind; it’s beneficial to your business to jump on the bandwagon and also utilize a GIS, so as not to fall behind.
3) Customer Relations
There are different levels of customers in business; some customers require information on the tree planting procedure; either out of their own interest or to take down details for their own records. Manually interpreting and analyzing data can be difficult to explain to somebody else, since we all have our own method of working and manual recordings of data lack that geospatial context that will help explain to a layman.
By utilizing a GIS which DOES offer the geospatial context, and visualizes the data in a very simple way; customers can easily understand when shown the data on the software. This can help improve customer relations if they feel like your business have been helpful in explaining the processes to them and giving them a better understanding; which can of course lead to repeated work which benefits everybody.
4) Perform Forecasting
Forecasting is very useful for future geographic situations that a business may run into. While you can manually record data, and use your experience to make an educated guess about any future geographical changes that may happen to a site – you can’t guarantee it. GIS software can.
GIS software can be used to forecast any future geographical changes that the business needs to be aware of and avoid any unhappiness later if the land you’ve been tree planting on suddenly undergoes changes that affect the quality of the tree roots.
5) Information Keeping
Geographic accounting refers to keeping authoritative records on geographical changes. GIS software is commonly supported by dozens of specialized tools that can help to manage and track these changes. Cultural geography such as zoning, population census, land ownership, and administrative boundaries, as well as physical geography elements such as forest inventories, biological inventories, water flows, and environmental measurements.
As the industry develops and the need for more comprehensive records increases, the geographic accounting that Mapscape offers has never been more useful!
In short; there are many reasons why using a GIS for your business is beneficial, and the importance of utilizing one is growing. Here at Mapscape we understand that change can be scary; which is why we’ve put together training videos of the software to help you with understanding. As well as that, you can register for a free trial!
We’re always here to help with any questions you have; please don’t hesitate to get in touch.