Visualising data to improve communication and understand business

This article will explore some workflows for answering pertinent business questions using data and best practice visualisation principles, focusing on a last-mile, home-delivery logistics business case. While Tableau software is used, the general principles can apply to any software used. As mapping technologies have advanced and high-powered functionality is incorporated more and more into end-user […]

Staying ahead of Hurricane Dorian with geo-information

As Hurricane Dorian moves north in the Atlantic Ocean, brushing the United States’ Southeast coast with strong waves, winds, and rain, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) is providing comprehensive scientific capabilities and information that decision makers, emergency responders and communities can use to help them prepare, cope and recover from the storm. The USGS’s […]

Mapping the global human footprint

The number of people flocking to cities in search of employment and better prospects is growing at an unprecedented rate. By 2050, the global population is estimated to reach nine billion, 70% of which will be living in urban areas. The World Settlement Footprint 2015 (WSF-2015) is the first map, using mass collections of radar […]

Artificial intelligence benefits for geospatial-focused drone businesses

Geospatial insights are in high demand and automating the feature extraction process is key to scaling up your aerial mapping services. Along with the hardware and software sectors, the drone services market is the largest segment in the commercial drone industry with the strongest expansion. According to the market research report “Global Drone Service Market […]

Lessons from a map of southern Africa’s rivers that went viral

Can you name the river closest to where you live? Have you ever seen that river, or others near you, on a map unlike others you have seen before? We have spent a lot of time considering these questions and others related particularly to maps since a map of southern Africa’s rivers that one of […]

Online tool to simplify environmental sensitivity screening

The National Web based Environmental Screening Tool developed by the Department of Environmental Affairs aims is to provide users with readily available spatial datasets to fast track the environmental assessment process by providing timeous reports with less frustration. In November 2015 the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) embarked on the development of a “National Web […]

A crash course in AI-driven object detection

Almost every day we hear we can use the superpowers of artificial intelligence (AI) to make work easier, to automate routine tasks, to speed up workflows, increase accuracy and make more money. But what if you are not a machine learning expert? This quick guide outlines the basics of how AI-driven object detection works, and […]

GIS and BIM integration will transform construction

An unfortunate fact of the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry is that, between every stage of the process, from planning and design to construction and operations, critical data is lost. GIS and BIM integration is about to change that. The reality is, when you move data between phases of, say, the usable lifecycle of […]