Stories Showing the Strength of GIS
3D-GIS: a Technology Waiting to Be Explored and Used
3D-GIS tools are very powerful. They add a third dimension to the already very strong and useful 2D-GIS functionalities, allowing complex sets of information to be combined with maps, plans and any other visual representations of spatial areas. Moreover, 3D-GIS opens up a very new form of geoanalysis.
Mobile GIS Proven to Transform Land Administration
In 2015, a rigorous test of GIS proved that Esri technology can greatly assist in building a sustainable land administration system that is incredibly easy to implement and put into use. By combining technologies and leveraging standards, geospatial mobile apps can be rapidly deployed, eliminating the obstacles that typically impede land administration progress in developing economies.
The Need to Integrate BIM and Geoinformation
The construction industry appreciates the benefits of BIM uses but seems to underestimate the value of BIM information integrated with geoinformation. To respond to all stakeholders’ demands, BIM is expanding towards integrating information from the surroundings stored in a GIS, as has been carried out in a large study conducted in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
GIS Coalition to Aid Removal of Land Mines
Esri and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), strengthening a partnership to eliminate land mines and explosive remnants of war through the power of geography. The MOU furthers Esri’s support in modernising GICHD’s Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA). Built with Esri’s world-leading GIS technology, the software system serves a critical purpose in the mine action process: understanding exactly where mines are located prior to conducting clearance.
Urban Planning, Management and Decision-making in the Cloud
There is still an enormous gap between the GIS and BIM industries nowadays, and great ideas are often lost in today’s interdisciplinary design process. That starts with the lack of tools to communicate thoughts and concepts. Just visualising the actual situation of a city is a time-consuming process, and the situation tends to worsen when data is exchanged (and unfortunately also lost) frequently between the project partners involved. Furthermore, during a design session it is typically difficult to include relevant key metrics such as the direct assessment of urban design scenarios with regard to costs, floor area and energy demands.
Geomatics Helps Relief to Reach More Refugees
Medair uses the power of geo-ICT to help communities of refugees more efficiently. Since 2009 it has been Medair’s policy to employ GIS-trained staff assigned to specific projects. The number of such employees fluctuates, but there are usually around five or six at any given time – a small group, but with significant effect. Good examples of their work include their role in getting relief to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and to the homeless in the Philippines.
Originally posted on GIM INTERNATIONAL