Try and imagine how life was for government architects, engineers and those in the field of landscaping, etc. in the 50’s and 60’s.They would move around with a map in hand and then mark places of particular importance to them on the same manually. For instance, if they have to construct a railroad between two locations, they would tour that mark places like sewage gutters, high-tension electricity poles, etc. on the map and carry it back to their drawing boards so that they can finalise the path. A lot of mistakes crept in due to this manual method resulting in cost escalations.
Geographic Information Systems or GIS replaced this kind of standard methodology in the late 80’s.
‘In 1986, Mapping Display and Analysis System (MIDAS), the first desktop GIS product emerged for the DOS operating system. This was renamed in 1990 to MapInfo for Windows when it was ported to the Microsoft Windows platform. This began the process of moving Geographic Information Systems from the research department of the business environment.’
Essentially, what do you mean by GIS?
‘A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data.’
Put in simple, layman terms; it is a framework to map different coordinates or to mark various important parameters on a Geospatial level in the environment. This is required to finalise the manner in which the field engineering projects will be executed. For instance, a telecom operator wishes to erect transmission towers in a radius of 100km in a particular geography. It first needs to identify the potential locations based on the topography of the area. So, the field engineers do a survey of the entire geography with a map in hand and mark the points manually on the map, which are then fed into a computer system which translates the same into recognisable points and precisely measures the coordinates regarding distance and time.
If you are a GIS software provider, you may add value to your service by having a team of members who can key in the various coordinate points marked on the maps into your proprietary software.
Print2eforms has the technically strong workforce that can, with a little bit of training make life easier for your clients. Partner with us to give better value-added services to your customers. Do not remain only GIS software suppliers; take your business to the next level by adding data keying into your service offerings. Contact us today to find out how we can help you to move from a software entity to a complete solutions provider for Geographic Information Systems.