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WHAT IS A GIS MAP?

If you’ve ever wondered, “what is a GIS map?”, you’re in the right place. 

FuseGIS is a GIS tool made specifically for those working in the real estate industry in Houston and Austin. On our blog, we cover the basics of GIS platforms and the specifics of how they can benefit those in real estate and other professions.

Here, we dive into a big question: what is a GIS map, anyway?

WHAT IS A GIS MAP?

In a previous blog, we broke down the definition of GIS into the three components of the acronym itself: Geographic Information System.

GIS are a tool used in industries that require knowledge related to geography. The data they provide is based on physical location and spacing. They compile and analyze information related to geography. This is all done by the GIS, which is a system.

What is a GIS map, then? The GIS map is a visual representation of the work that the GIS does. It makes the information more accessible and contextualized for users.

Often, these maps are interactive. They allow users to layer different data sets over the same area or compare maps side by side. This allows the user to look for specifics, such as a piece of property in a specific school district with strong cell phone service and low crime rates.

Usually, the creation of a GIS map involves changing the scale or projection of different data sets. This is because data is saved in different forms and looks different based on how the creators take into account the curvature of the earth.

Without the GIS maps themselves, the system would provide data sets that aren’t as intuitive for users. This would make GIS less valuable, since one of the benefits of the systems is their ease of use.

What kind of information can be included on a GIS map?

As long as information is based in geography, it can be displayed on a GIS map. Some examples of data that can be included data on GIS maps include:

  • Home values

  • Crime rates

  • Positive tests for illnesses

  • Orders from a specific restaurant

  • Origins of 911 calls

  • Locations of rivers, streams, and other water sources

  • Sources of pollution

  • Floodplains

  • Vegetation patterns

  • Street data

  • Travel time to the nearest hospital

  • Customer sentiment by location

  • Locations of known arson attempts

  • Average income

  • Cell service

  • Elevation

  • School districts

  • Crop yields

  • Land use and zoning ordinances

  • Tax zones

  • Book sales

  • Voting patterns

Who can use GIS maps?

With such a wide range of data available to GIS users, individuals in many careers can make use of GIS maps. FuseGIS is created with those in the real estate industry in mind: brokers, appraisers, realtors and real estate agents. However, individuals in the following industries can also benefit from using a GIS:

  • Law enforcement

  • Emergency services

  • Ecology

  • Urban planning

  • Cartography

  • Climate science

  • Advertising

  • Civil engineering

  • Healthcare

  • Mining

  • Supply chain management

  • Insurance

  • Forestry and timber

  • Banking

GIS Maps and Real Estate

FuseGIS is made specifically for those working in the real estate industry in the Houston and Austin areas. That means the system is full of the information that real estate professionals need, and not made more complicated by excess data or unrelated options.

The specializations of FuseGIS can save users time and money and keep them at the top of their game.

See for Yourself

Still wondering what a GIS map is like in practice or how to use a GIS map? Request a demo with FuseGIS today to learn more.

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