GIS Analysis and Mapping for Informed Decisions
GIS analysis means interpreting geographical data. GIS software is often paired with collected drone data to allow users to map and visualize it better. Another common use for GIS is in the trail planning and design process, an industry Planet Zero Gravity specializes in.
How Planet Zero Gravity Uses GIS Software
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1) Data Visualization – Depending on the data collected and processed from drones, it often is geotagged. Examples include produced contour maps and crop surveys. GIS software is the perfect companion for such data to better visualize it. Drone data can be overlaid on top of other GIS layers like soil data, wetlands, and forest cover to name a few.
2) Asset Logging – GIS software can also be used to show assets that were logged either from the air or from the ground. These could include points of interest, buildings, historical sites, etc.
3) Trail Mapping and Corridor Analysis – We can create GIS maps for brochures, trail guides, or planning meetings. Are your maps outdated? Do you need an elevation map with contour lines? Often new trails get added to a system, or a trail is rerouted, and maps need to be updated.
Before any trail construction ever begins, a feasibility study should be undertaken to uncover any potential problems early on. With GIS we can perform a trail grade analysis to make sure it is not too steep (creating future maintenance problems), stays within agreed property boundaries, has no problems with environmentally sensitive areas, and there are no surprises with soil type. Any designers or builders conceptualizing a new trail should use GIS to make informed decisions. GIS is also great when planning maintenance from storm damage and erosion.