The Power of GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

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Designed to capture, store, manipulate and present geographic data, a GIS (geographic information system) lets us analyse and assess data through the use of maps, reports and charts to more easily understand relationships, patterns and trends. 

Easily shareable over a network, on the web or printed, GIS provides businesses with tremendous strategic insights and economic value, often facilitating solutions to problems before they arise.

 

6 benefits of GIS:

1.    Spatial Mapping

While GIS has a number of benefits, the power of mapping cannot be ignored. Mapping spatial events and then overlaying the information to see where overlap occurs allows the user to analyse and understand the pattern of spatial phenomena as well as provide clues to correlation with other events or features. Essentially it allows the user to understand what is happening and what will happen in a geographic space, which then enables them to take action.

 

2.    Real time information

Once implemented, GIS can provide a wide variety of information, one example being network planning. GIS can plot an entire network and provide the spatial coordinates to every element of the network, which then enables real time identification of faults and more accurate response and restoration.

 

3.    Informed Decisions

We’ve all heard the old adage about “location, location, location” but when it comes to making the right choice, location really is critical to the success of an organisation and its ventures. From site selection to route choices, evacuation planning and more, GIS enables more informed decisions. In Mumbai, India, for instance, which is prone to flooding and water logging, GIS helped the users identify their assets and facilities in the low lying areas and proactively implement logistical solutions.

 

4.    Improved Efficiency

Many utilities are searching for good maintenance management methodologies in order to reduce costs while improving equipment reliability and plant availability. Often characterised by a wide physical spread of assets, work sites and offices, it can make the life cycle management of utility businesses challenging, which is where GIS comes in. Used to optimise maintenance schedules and fleet movements, GIS can result in a savings of 10 to 30 percent in operational expenses through reduction in fuel use, staff time and more efficient scheduling.

 

5.    Better Communication

Visual maps and charts reduce the likelihood of misunderstanding and improve communication and collaboration between different teams, departments, organisations and even the public.

 

6.    Better Records

When it comes to things like cadastral maps, GIS provides a strong framework for managing and maintaining records about the status and change of geography with full transaction support and reporting tools. AssetFinda’s superior mapping interface is accurate and instant. It gives you real-time visibility of your entire asset network with no need to switch between systems. It integrates seamlessly and securely with all major GIS, finance, accounting, document management and CRM systems and allows you to easily overlay historical and real-time data to instantly see vital trends, patterns and correlations between different assets and asset classes. Whereas other systems rely on spreadsheets, time-consuming manual exporting, all asset data is live and in-sync for all users and from all applications, so you can make informed decisions that will save you time and money.

 

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