The major areas of GIS application

  • Local Government
    • Public works/infrastructure management (roads, water, sewer)
    • Planning and environmental management
    • property records and appraisal
  • Real Estate and Marketing
    • Retail site selection, site evaluation
  • Public safety and defense
    • Crime analysis, fire prevention, emergency management, military/defense
  • Natural resource exploration/extraction
    • Petroleum, minerals, quarrying
  • Transportation
    • Airline route planning, transportation planning/modeling
  • Health Management (Health Systems, Health Centers, Management Beds)
  • Public health and epidemiology
  • The Geospatial Industry
    • Data development, application development, programming

Examples of Applied GIS

  • Urban Planning, Management & Policy
    • Zoning, subdivision planning
    • Land acquisition
    • Economic development
    • Code enforcement
    • Housing renovation programs
    • Emergency response
    • Crime analysis
    • Tax assessment

Find detailed, cartographically rich basemaps with worldwide coverage.

  • Environmental Sciences
    • Monitoring environmental risk
    • Modeling stormwater runoff
    • Management of watersheds, floodplains, wetlands, forests, aquifers
    • Environmental Impact Analysis
    • Hazardous or toxic facility siting
    • Groundwater modeling and contamination tracking
  • Political Science
    • Redistricting
    • Analysis of election results
    • Predictive modeling
  • Civil Engineering/Utility
    • Locating underground facilities
    • Designing alignment for freeways, transit
    • Coordination of infrastructure maintenance
  • Business
    • Demographic Analysis
    • Market Penetration/ Share Analysis
    • Site Selection

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  • Education Administration
    • Attendance Area Maintenance
    • Enrollment Projections
    • School Bus Routing
  • Real Estate
    • Neighborhood land prices
    • Traffic Impact Analysis
    • Determination of Highest and Best Use
  • Health Care
    • Epidemiology
    • Needs Analysis
    • Service Inventory

GIS in Education

  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Meteorology
  • Oceanography
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Health
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Urban/Regional Planning


  • Farm management
  • Pest/Disease tracking
  • Crop monitoring
  • Yield prediction
  • Soil analysis

Natural Resource Management

  • Forestry
  • Ecology
  • Mining
  • Petroleum
  • Water Resources

Use online maps with a variety of client applications

Planning and Economic Development

  • Land Use/Zoning
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Population Forecast
  • Market Analysis
  • Property Tax Assessment
  • Transportation

Geographic Information Technologies

  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
    • a system of earth-orbiting satellites which can provide precise (100 meter to sub-cm.) location on the earth’s surface (in lat/long coordinates or equiv.)
  • Remote Sensing (RS)
    • use of satellites or aircraft to capture information about the earth’s surface
    • Digital ortho images a key product (map accurate digital photos)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GISy)
    • Software systems with capability for input, storage, manipulation/analysis and output/display of geographic (spatial) information

GPS and RS are sources of input data for a GIS.

A GIS provides for storing and manipulating GPS and RS data.

How Does GIS Provide Benefit?

  • GIS improves efficiency
  • GIS identifies opportunities
  • GIS improves decisions by providing needed tools and data


  • improves/enhances the effects of physical/environmental growth
  • better management of resources
  • adding new value-added services
  • perform analysis on spatial and non spatial components
  • fast recall of data
  • ability for complex analysis
  • recalling of non spatial data through object location
  • display of information in a different light/view
  • multiple scenario in planning can be performed easily

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Program of the Conference

15 - 16 October 2020