Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer based system used to view and manage information about geographic places, analyze spatial relationships and model spatial processes.

GIS provides a framework for gathering and organizing spatial data and related information so it can be displayed, analyzed and used in the decision making process.  Simply put, GIS combines layers of information in order to provide a high understanding of the location.

GIS-created Map. Click to enlarge map.

The layers of information that are combined depends on the purpose – finding the best location for a new project, analyzing environmental impacts, conducting market studies and so on.  A variety of layers, such as topography, parcels, general plan, zoning and aerial photography, can be mapped and analyzed at one time by using GIS computer software.  Analysis may include conducting queries to identify advantageous project sites, completing studies that assess specified criteria and/or calculating spatial characteristics of a geographic feature/location.  Each layer may be symbolized with colors or descriptions in order to obtain a suitable visual representation for use by decision makers.

EnviroMINE can provide GIS services to fully illustrate a variety of technical and geographic features. These features may include the analysis of local market influences, habitat constraints, transportation corridors, site selection analysis and other issues of importance.  EnviroMINE also uses GPS technology to aid with site specific data collection. EnviroMINE incorporates GIS to complement its commitment to providing excellent customer service.  The majority of the EnviroMINE staff is GIS/GPS capable and can respond quickly to all client needs. Maps created with GIS software can be printed and used to support written documents or provide visuals for project meetings.