Diane Hammonds, the Branch Manager for Sain’s Louisiana [...]
Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on the Earth’s surface. This system utilizes a combination of computerized drafting technology (for drawing point, line, and polygon features that represent real world objects) and relational database technology (for storing detailed information about those objects).
GIS is a technology that can be beneficial to any organization that has a need to manage and/or maintain assets that have a location aspect to their characteristics; which is nearly everything. Traditionally, GIS would be associated with local government or utility organizations managing roads and addresses, parcel information, voting districts, and water or gas systems. In reality, the power of GIS can be employed in areas like Real Estate for tracking available properties, Healthcare for evaluating infectious disease impacts, Banking for managing ATM locations, Transportation for optimizing delivery routes, and Education for evaluating the distribution of student population in school districts.
Within the overall GIS industry, there are no all-inclusive regulations or standards that govern the general development or implementation of GIS. Regulations regarding GIS mapping tend to be developed for specific organizations relevant to their particular culture, needs, and processes. There are numerous data models and symbol sets that could be called standards for GIS mapping, but again, these tend to be used as starting points for development and become subject to modifications that address the specific needs of each individual organization.
My role at Sain is to manage all GIS operations for the company. This includes providing direct GIS services and support to new and existing Sain clients. I also provide support to all of the other Engineering teams with GIS data development, analysis and report mapping functions. I have been developing and implementing GIS solutions for 29 years and am proud to be a part of Sain’s commitment to integrating GIS technology into their Engineering culture and providing professional GIS services to their clients.