Friday, December 12, 2008

GIS in India

Though not as popular in India as in the western countries, the term GIS and its applications started gaining importance in India. GIS can be categorized into three groups from the business point of view:

1. GIS Survey Professionals
2. GIS Service Providers/ Data Processing Providers
3. GIS System Automation Providers

Some companies engaged in the above three services mostly specialize in one particular industry segment or on one particular area. But, as an exception, there are a few GIS companies that provide complete GIS services.

This article might sound a bit unfamiliar if it is being read without some knowledge of GIS.

A Geographic Information System is “a distinctive form of database of the world — it is a geographic system with database (geodatabase)” which describes the world in geographic terms.

GIS enables us to observe, understand, interrogate, interpret, and visualize geospatial data in many ways that exposes relations, patterns and trends in the form of maps, globes, charts and reports. GIS answers questions and solve problems by analyzing the data we have and the information is quickly interpreted and shared.

GIS plays a significant role in almost every decision we make. From selecting sites to targeting market segments, from planning distribution networks to responding to emergencies or redrawing country boundaries—all these issues engage questions of geography.

If you are an active geographer or researcher and would like to get in touch with a GIS companies in India, do check the link given below for your reference.

The extent of GIS Services is unimaginably wide, and can be applied to each and every phase of human existence or to put it better " it perfects the existence of living beings".

If you are a GIS research fellow or a Geologist, you will find this list of GIS companies in India quite useful. They provide the best cost advantages possible and reliable quality. If you find it tedious to get your work done in-house, the modern era suggests finding help from external agency or business partnership/outsourcing.

Digitization and Mapping

You might be interested to know what this article is about and the reason behind writing it.

Yesterday, one of my friends told me that because of the never-ending inflow of information posted on the web, it is more complicated and chaotic to browse and find specific contents. She searched the net for information about digitization & mapping and ended up with almost nothing!

We usually don’t get the exact information from search engines and catalog. It depends on how you search Google or Yahoo or MSN.

If you want to know about digitization and mapping – you can try ‘digitization’ or ‘mapping’. Wikipedia is always there to give you effective details.

To know about the service providers, start searching for ‘digitizing maps or digitization service providers or services’.

At this juncture, I thought of writing on digitization & mapping thinking that it would be really helpful if we understood the mechanics of things that already play a major role in our life.

My goal is to help you say yes to the eternal hypothetical question of, "Do you want to know what’s Digitization and Mapping?".

Well, I will try to explain it as simple as possible.

In the realm of geographical operations, an image or map has to be converted to digital or vector form for better comprehension. This process can be termed as digitization.

As you all know, digitized maps are visual forms of data which are easily comprehensible. More over, maps are extremely efficient for the storage, representation and communication of geographic information. As the saying goes, “A map is worth a million words.”

There are many things hidden underground, behind walls, or beneath the sea. From childhood we have come to believe that our favourite super heroes find them using extraordinary powers. But it’s not just a fantasy now. As radiologists use various imaging devices to detect internal diseases or problems, in earth science, geologists use devices to see deep into the earth, behind walls, and below the sea.

With Utility Mapping, we can immediately locate and spot subsurface service utilities like gas, electric and sewer lines. This system can also easily detect depth and location of objects like water mains, underground storage tanks, terra cotta pipes, tree roots and voids. The GIS specialists, using state of the art technology, can infiltrate manmade or natural surfaces, returning data with unsurpassed quality.

Sometimes utility pipes or cables are relocated during repairs or renovations, but maps might not be updated. The result of digging or drilling in the presence of unknown, unmarked, unmapped, or incorrectly located utilities can cause wastage of excavation time, irreversible damage, more money, and worst of all - personal injury or even death. Accurate utility mapping comes to our help here. The use of utility mapping ranges from small gas stations, through industrial plants and military installations, including utilities beneath buildings or other structures.

Another form of mapping is the toposheet mapping. A toposheet is a shortened name for 'Topographic sheet', which essentially contains information about areas like roads, railways, settlements, canals, rivers, electric poles, post offices etc.

Toposheet mapping can be used to map the contours and elevations of a specific place. According to their usage, they may be available at different scales, for example 1:25000, 1: 50000 etc. They are made on a suitable projection for that area which contains latitude-longitude information at the corners. Thus any point on it can be identified easily with its corresponding latitude-longitude, depending upon the scale (i.e. if the scale is large, more accurate lat-long). You get accurate information about a specific area with this mapping.

With Cartographic mapping, we map the land parcels and define the boundaries of the land under verification/study. This surely will settle land disputes as we can accurately define the external land boundaries between neighbours, though there is no such device discovered to define the internal boundaries of friendship between people!

SBL Geomatics is an emerging company that has developed unwavering acclaim for effectively carrying out difficult or unusual subsurface detection and mapping with its expertise, experience, and flair for creative problem-solving.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Geomatics Services for Retail Industry -Business Geo intelligence

By understanding geography and people's relationship to location, we can make informed decisions about the way we live on our planet. Successful businesses use Business Geointelligence. Organizations can go beyond standard data analysis by using GIS tools to integrate, view, and analyze data using geography.

How do you choose a successful retails site?

Location is the often repeated mantra that empowers retail site selection success. Gis accelerates this success by identifying a site of high demand potential and visual exposure through our business geo-intelligence methods.

Geomatics has tailored solutions for specific business needs which include advanced geospatial modeling, statistical analysis, and cross-referencing of customer,
public and private data.

All these are designed to help companies identify, analyze, and prioritize the fresh and upcoming business prospects and optimize existing sales and marketing programs to enhance their profit potentials.

GIS help you make decisions on

1.Real Estate Management.
2.Planning New Locations.
3.Optimization/ Selection.
4.Planning Business Planning.
5.Territory Planning.

Input for the process

2.Expenditure potential.
3.Consumer segmentation.
4.Shopping center locations.
5.Your corporate or proprietary database.

Applications of Geomatics Services in Retail Sector

1.Evaluate current market position and identify under and over invaded submarkets.
2.Estimate the number of locations a market can support.
3.Understand the effects of competitive market moves.
4.Identify or finding the optimal expansion opportunities in a market.
5.Evaluate existing stores to spot over & under performers.
6.Measure the impact of new store openings, relocations,remodels, closures, and competitive acquisitions.
7.Identification of a series of existing locations that resemble the proposed location.
8.A compilation of maps and reports that highlight the crucial information about a potential site in a consistent and comparable manner.
9.Score potential locations based on the quality and composition of the expected trade area.
10.Assess the size and shape of a proposed store’s trade area based on urbanicity and competitive intensity.Store networks and prioritize capital investments based on predictive, multi-factor trade areas.
11.Optimize store networks; and localize marketing and merchandising.
12.Prioritize markets to enter, expand or exit.

GIS Benefits

1.Increase revenue potential by realizing market share.
2.Understand spheres of influence and gain knowledge of your trading areas.
3.Estimate sales and quantify market cannibalization.
4.Enhance performance of existing stores.
5.Prioritize retail expansion and optimize retail network strategies.
6.Improve returns on direct marketing and promotional campaigns with better.
7.Stimulate development strategies for improved results.
8.Reduce risk on long-term real estate decisions.

We hope you found it useful. For more information about the applications of GIS Services in various sectors Please visit the following link.

Thanks and Regards,
SBL- Geomatics
GIS Service provider

Advantages of Using GIS Services in Oil & Gas | Petroleum industry

The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is gathering momentum in Oil and petroleum industry as a powerful tool for analyzing and displaying data.

Geomatics services can be applied in various stages during the development of projects, including: Petroleum Exploration, Production, Managing Facilities & Pipeline Management

Petroleum Exploration:
Gis facilitates the analysis and integration of a lot of different types of data such as satellite imagery, seismic surveys, digital aerial photo mosaics, surface geology studies, subsurface and cross section interpretations and images, well locations, and existing infrastructure information.Combined Image Processing can reveal underground Geological Information.The remote sensing detection of petroleum is based on the characteristic analogy and analysis of remote sensing information from known oil fields. The thinking way is as follows: micro-seeping of hydrocarbon- ground effect- remote sensing detection is certainly gainful. Exploration software and GIS are essential for geologists searching for petroleum and mineral deposits.

One specific exploration application involves the creation of reconnaissance maps. Uses of GIS in exploitation projects are perhaps more varied because exploitation evaluation typically deals with more extensive data sets than those typically used in exploration settings. Exploitation approaches are generally applied to mature producing areas where well control is dense, whereas exploration projects may not involve any wells at all. GIS is a particularly effective technology that enables exploration and exploitation teams to share information, analyze data in new ways, and integrate the evaluation process.

Innovative GIS technology is ideally suited for the overlay analysis of geographic, infrastructure, business conditions, and environmental factors and which can be integrated with other business risk or economic business planning engines to provide a focused business solution tool set.

Managing Facilities:
A large integrated oil company must keep track of every minute detail from drilling platforms to pipeline networks and to refineries for their advancement in this highly competitive business area. Geospatial information can be aptly used to map the gathering and transmission of products to a facility.

Pipeline Management :
Geomatics programs can be utilized to monitor the condition and flow of pipelines and determine the best pipeline locations to transport oil off the fields and to the refineries. Pipeline Management is a process by which you continually evaluate your active opportunities (from prospects to booked customer) for their balance of QUANTITY and QUALITY.

Some of the GIS solutions currently offered by SBL In Oil and Petroleum Industry:

1. 3D Modeling
2. Photogrammetry
3. Lidar Data Processing
4. GPS Navigation
5. Corporate GIS data management
6. Map production and presentation
7. Digital Elevation Modeling and Hydrological Modeling
8. Environmental sensitivity analysis and modeling
9. Network analysis
10.Pipeline route optimization and pipeline leakage risk
11.Internet mapping and image web server solutions
12.Work flow analysis
13.Conversion of data to GIS format
14.Linkage of oil spill model to GIS.
15.Retail market analysis.
16.Distribution analysis.
17.Market pattern analysis by demographics.
19.CAD Drafting and Designing
20.CAD to GIS conversion
Retail outlet supply routing and many more…

We hope you found it useful. For more information about the applications of GIS Services in various sectors Please visit the following link.

Gis Service Provider

Monday, October 6, 2008


GIS@SBL is the GIS division of SBL.

The power of GIS can not be underestimated and easily understood such that every sector has come to embrace it. The GIS is our future,hence it is necessary to study by students and analyze information and data.

GIS is an information system used in the making of maps; it is information on the geography of the earth;and it is using established resources and expounding with additional information, also used in several fields of research.

GIS is serving our world, i hope every man kind, countries, governments and companies realize that…

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