GIS Mapping

GIS mapping can be used for many different aspects of trail design. GIS can be used to analyze a trail grade, look at soil data, see how wetlands could potentially affect trail routing, and to locate points of interest within a certain radius. These are just a few of the many uses. 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. See below how Planet Zero Gravity uses GIS.

GIS mapping and analysis

Trail Mapping

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 Are your maps outdated?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. Do you have a problem with unauthorized trails within your area? We can survey the area and map those as well, giving you better information when engaging the local user groups that created
them.

Corridor Analysis

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 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.

Data Visualization

Often times data will be collected on trail usage, like from trail counters. There may also be in-person counting of different types of users that access the trail. Perhaps an organization has records of past trail maintenance and where it took place. Planet Zero Gravity can use GIS mapping to present these different types of data in a more meaningful way.