GIS in Agriculture – Two important uses

GIS in Agriculture: Introduction Farming is more sophisticated now-days than it ever was. Good farmers do lots of planning and analysis. Information like soil type, soil characteristics, water sources and climate are important for strategic planning, while soil fertility and historic crop yield are important for precision farming purposes.  By using GIS farms can be…

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Vector GIS

Introduction GIS refers to the Geographical Information System. It is a computerized system for data administration and serves the intention of capturing, saving, organizing, retrieving, analyzing and displaying spatial information. Spatial data refers to any data that is unswervingly connected to a specific location or geographical area. Fig. 1: Vector and Raster GIS GIS uses…

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Using GIS Technology for Power Utility Asset Management

In the event of a power outage, you want to know that your utility company is working hard to restore power. Depending on the cause for the outage, it may last for a few minutes, a few hours, or even a few days. What does the power company do when a power outage happens? Many…

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Improvements in GIS Software

GIS software can be custom built too

GIS Software Improvements: Summary Mappable information such as customer addresses and vehicle locations used to be considered relatively unimportant information. These days, the perfect storm of GIS map availability, GIS software functionality, computer power, and the internet cloud have led to GIS uses never before imagined. GISs range from general-purpose to custom-built. Introduction Years ago,…

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Site Selection Process for Green Energy

Site Selection Process for Green Energy: Introduction One of the most important things affecting the world today is conservation. Although environmental conservation is very important, so too is energy conservation. Managing energy conservation is not just about using less energy, it’s also about encouraging renewable energy. This is an essential task made easier with the…

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Natural Resource Management and GIS

GIS technology is a useful tool for natural resource management. Geographic information system (GIS) technology can be used to gather, maintain, analyze and store geographic data. GIS technology can be used to gather analyse geographical natural resource data on the local, city, state, and national level for a variety of purposes related to natural resource…

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Raster Database vs. Vector Database

Read both sides of this long going argument and decide for yourself which database is better! Raster databases are visually more attractive because they are simple and organized. They are faster in performing operations such as overlaying or creating buffers. They employ the use of pixel processing. All these benefits come at a heavy price…

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The History and Development of GIS

Are you interested in Geographic information systems? If so, you’ll be surprised to know they are considered among the most fascinating technological developments of modern times. What Is GIS? The term GIS refers to both devices and software that help people carry out searches and analysis based on geographical locations and distances. This is usually…

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GIS and Socio-Economic Data

Introduction Socio economic data deals with humans, their activities, the room and formation required to carry out those activities. Socio economic data or census data enables mapping in GIS. Fig 1 below shows the types of socio economic data: Fig. 1: Socio Economic Data   Socio economic data comprises of the following: Vital Data (Demographics):…

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Sampling Data with GIS

Introduction In today’s era of computers and technology, almost everything in this world needs to go through a digital conversion process to work smoothly. The sounds and voices around us act as signals that are analog in nature. These analog signals are then converted to digital form in order to be processed in computers. The…

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