What is GIS and What Does It Have to Do with You, the CAD User?


If you ever use your GPS to find the nearest Starbucks or the best route to a friend’s house, you are a GIS user. Your GPS device relies heavily on GIS to show you where to go. Probably, the most widely known use of GIS, as a service, includes mapping applications such as Google Maps, for example.

GIS stands for “Geographic Information System.” It’s an organized collection of computer hardware, software and geographic data designed to efficiently capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze and display all forms of geographically referenced information. It’s a combination of these elements that bring about data that exists in the form of maps, tables, 3D virtual models, lists or a combination thereof.

The incomparable Diana Ross once asked, “Do you know where you’re going to?” Even if you don’t, with GIS-based GPS, you’ll get there.

Knowing the “lay of the land” can expedite your CAD designs exponentially.

GIS-based GPS means rescuers can locate those in need, virtually anywhere on Earth.

You don’t need a crystal ball exactly, as GIS can be your fortune-teller.

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