Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a software tool that combines and presents site specific information in a graphic manner allowing the user to create hard copy or electronic maps and reports. A Geographic Information System integrates hardware, software, and existing data sets for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. This information System can be applied to resource management, land stewardship, land use planning and infrastructure inventorying to name a few applications. GIS might be used to identify parcels of land suitable for commercial development or allow volunteer firefighters to formulate a fire containment strategy for a stubborn wildland fire.
Rather than you working hard to understand your data, GIS puts your data to work for you. GIS can provide you with powerful information—not just how things are now, but how they will be in the future based on changes you apply. The GIS allows for users to create interactive queries (user created searches), analyze spatial information, edit data, maps, and present the results of all these operations.
A link that you may find useful is www.ESRI.com.
Since 2002, Brooks & Brooks has been working in the development and use of GIS for the private sector. Our involvement has included conversion of hard copy data to digital data, GPS collection of infrastructure attributes, database development, base and final mapping, publishing, and maintenance of the GIS. In addition we have helped clients through the needs assessment and cost benefit analysis. We are willing to listen and spend time working with you to solve problems, build solutions, and make you successful.