A GIS, or geographic information system, is a computer system that is used to capture, store, check and display data that is related to positions on the surface of the Earth. With GIS, it is possible to show many types of data on just one map—including buildings, streets, and even vegetation—making it easier for people to visualize, analyze, and understand various patterns and relationships.
GIS is useful in a number of fields because it enables someone to compare locations of various elements on a map to learn how they relate to each other. For example, using GIS, a single map can be created to show places that produce pollution, such as factories, and areas that would be sensitive to pollution, such as residential areas and nature preserves.
Common Field Uses of GIS
Many industries can benefit from GIS mapping. One industry in which GIS mapping is crucial is utilities. These companies require precise mapping to know exactly where everything is located. From responding quickly to outages; managing equipment repair and maintenance; and mapping gas lines, water pipelines, and electric distribution grids, accurate mapping is critical.
With professional and accurate GIS maps, it is possible to plan more efficient repair and maintenance programs. It’s also possible to make better decisions based on what assets are located where, make updating faster and simpler, and work with GIS data from local municipal, county, or state agencies to view how the entire infrastructure works.
Oil and Gas
Accurate mapping is also important for those in the oil and gas industry. With GIS, it is possible to map not only well site locations and pipelines, but also well pad assets, utility corridors, and other features that are of interest to those working in this field.
Without an accurate map, your company could be losing thousands—or even millions—of dollars by having to address problems such as:
- Drilling or terminating on someone else’s property
- Well site or pad locations being off by 100-500 feet
- Drilling a new well less than 1,000 feet from a neighboring well
- Sending crews to drill at previously plugged sites
- Wasting hours trying to reconcile maps from multiple vendors without ever truly knowing what is accurate and what is not
With a GIS base map, your construction can be much more efficient in a number of areas including:
- Development review and approval
- Site analysis
- Watershed modeling
- Automated mapping as the job progresses
- Utility corridors
- Water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, telecom, and transmission lines
A GIS base map allows construction companies to improve their project planning as well as architecture and construction progress. GIS also makes it possible to analyze a number of other important factors, including environmental impact, budgeting, and site safety.
GIS Field Services from CompassData
At CompassData, we are proud to provide professional and accurate GPS and GIS field data collection. Our highly-trained staff and global network is more than happy to do your field data collection for you. We provide accurate feature surveys and unbeatable quality through standardized deliverables that make it possible for you to immediately use the data we provide for your GIS needs.
To learn more about GPS and GIS field services from CompassData, please call (303) 627-4058.