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Maptitude

Maptitude thematic map of population densityA World of Data on Your Desktop

Unlike many other mapping and GIS software packages that require users to purchase data separately, Maptitude includes extensive geographic and demographic data so that you can get started as soon as you open the box.

Maptitude along with the United Kingdom data package provide extensive geographic data for the United Kingdom, and abundant geographic data from around the world so that you can get started as soon as you open the box.

Map Your Own Data

Maptitude lets you create maps using your own data. Whether you store your data in Excel worksheets, Access tables, dBASE files, or any ODBC compliant data source such as Oracle, or SQL Server, Maptitude can work with your data. You can use the powerful database capabilities of Maptitude to join your data to an existing map layer. You can then use your data to create themes, add labels, or analyze geographically. You can also display tables that show data from the map layer side-by-side with your own data. You can even create formulas that combine data from the two different sources.

Maptitude supports over 50 file types and more than 100 GIS and CAD formats. You can map Esri Shapefiles, MapInfo TAB files, and Oracle Spatial tables directly, or use the built-in translators to import geographic data from a variety of other software packages and public sources. This extensive library of importers and exporters is one of the largest in the industry and comes at no additional charge. This makes Maptitude the perfect choice for a new GIS purchase because you can work with your existing installation or easily migrate your data from your current GIS software products.

You can also use raster images such as satellite or aerial photographs directly in your maps. Maptitude includes toolboxes for quickly accessing on-line images from Google Earth. These images can be used as a means of reference or in conjunction with the map editing tools to create or edit geographic files. A built-in interface to Global Positioning System (GPS) devices lets you track and record your location, and build geographic databases as you work. With a GPS and a laptop, users in the field can create accurate geographic files of public utilities, corporate facilities, geographic features, and more. /p>

Geocoding: You can link your data to map features or locate data on a map using post codes, or by simply pointing to the correct location. In a few easy steps, you can use your own data to color code postal geographies by sales or display the locations of customers.

GPS: A built-in interface to Global Positioning System (GPS) devices lets you track and record your location, and build geographic databases as you work. With a GPS and a laptop, users in the field can create accurate geographic files of public utilities, corporate facilities, geographic features, and more.

Geographic Analysis Tools

One of the best reasons to use a GIS is to unearth and analyze the geographic components of your data. You can create bands (buffers) around map features, create districts, define areas of influence, find shortest paths, perform surface analysis, and create density grids. Maptitude also makes it easy to overlay and aggregate data and calculate statistics.

Ask and Answer Geographic Questions:
Where are areas with the highest population density? How many people live within one, two, and three miles of this site? How many comparable properties are located in this neighborhood? What is the shortest route between delivery points? Maptitude answers these and many other types of questions. Maptitude lets you understand trends, evaluate sites, and define optimal routes. You can integrate census statistics with your own data to identify geographic characteristics that impact you and your operations. You will be amazed at how quickly you can enhance your decision making using this easy-to-use GIS tool.

Geographic Analysis MapsBands:
You can automatically create bands around any number of map features and then analyze the characteristics of those areas. Find out how many customers live within a certain distance of a store, compute the demographic characteristics around potential store sites, analyze the neighborhoods most affected by noise pollution from a highway, or determine accessibility to facilities.

Districts:
Maptitude lets you join smaller areas into districts and compute the attributes for each one. For example, you can group ZIP Codes or counties together to create sales territories, land parcels to create zoning districts, or city blocks to create school districts.

Areas of Influence:
You can determine the areas closest to each of your facilities by building areas of influence, then estimate the attributes within each area to determine areas that are under- or over-served.

Density Grids:
Maptitude lets you visualize point data by transforming the points into a regular grid. This makes it easy to identify customer concentrations, crime hot spots, or disease outbreaks. In addition, the grid can be weighted based on a value you choose. For example, you could analyze the pattern of clients around a store and weight them by the cost of their purchases, or find all employers and weight them by the number of jobs.

Surface Analysis:
With Maptitude, you can analyze and display surfaces on a two-dimensional map or as a 3D map. You can create contour maps of elevations and then determine the viewshed for any location, either at ground level or at a particular height. For example, you can find areas of weak service from a transmission tower. You can also create surfaces that represent data values, such as measures of air pollution or levels of radon gas, over a geographic region.

Routes:
Maptitude identifies routes between points and generates driving directions. When a trip involves several stops, Maptitude can even help you decide the best order in which to visit them. Most importantly, Maptitude lets you decide what type of route you want the shortest, fastest, or a route that satisfies certain restrictions you need to consider, based on the available data.

Network Bands:
In addition to the circular bands described above, you can create bands that are based on an impedance attribute along streets or other lines. Network bands are useful, for example, for identifying the area around one or more origins that can be covered within a certain amount of time or is within a particular walking/driving distance. For example, you could create bands based on driving distance to your stores to identify areas that are not well served.

Network Partitioning:
You can partition streets or other line networks into zones or districts, so that each link is assigned to the closest or least cost service location based on an impedance attribute such as time or distance. For example, you can divide the streets in a city so that each is assigned to the fire station that can provide the fastest response time, or determine which streets are within the maximum walk distances around elementary schools.

Adjacency Tools:
With Maptitude you can identify the neighbors of an area of interest and create bands of adjacent neighbors. Use these tools for topological querying, exploring market expansion, planning evacuations, or tracking disease outbreaks.

Desire Lines:
You can illustrate the flow of people or goods from point to point based on values in a dataview. For example, if you had a table with the number of customers in each ZIP Code who shop at your retail stores, you can show the number of customers traveling to each store with desire lines.

Trade Areas and Site Location:
You can determine a circular service area that encompasses a set of points. You can also choose whether to weight the center location by a field in your point layer. For example, if you are considering relocating a store, you can create a trade area around your customers and weight the center by their sales volume to determine a new candidate location.

In addition, you can:

  • Measure areas and distances
  • Aggregate and disaggregate attribute data
  • Create areas from line features or lines from area features
  • Select features by pointing, radius, polygon, condition, value, or location
  • GGenerate statistics (count, sum, mean, minimum, maximum, & standard deviation)

Maptitude User Services

Caliper provides a comprehensive program of technical support, training, and consulting services to ensure the success of your Maptitude pplications.Maptitude includes comprehensive documentation with background information, step-by-step instructions, and a series of hands-on tutorials that let you try out features. On-line help with tooltips and other on-screen visual cues also make Maptitude easy to learn and use.

Caliper offers a full range of GIS implementation services. Our GIS professionals will assist you in assessing data requirements, database strategy and design, database development, and analytical modeling. Caliper also provides custom application and turnkey system development services, including web site creation.