GIS Mapping Software Development

Caliper provides comprehensive GIS application development services based on TransCAD for the Web and Maptitude for the Web. We specialize in designing, implementing, and integrating GIS applications. We develop:

  • Enterprise desktop applications
  • Enterprise web services and mashups
  • Web applications
  • Geographic databases

Enterprise desktop applications

Caliper provides enterprise add-ins and extensions to our core desktop GIS applications, TransCAD, Maptitude, and TransModeler. These desktop applications can include custom thematic mapping, redistricting, and geographic editing following complex business rules, market analysis, transportation planning and modeling, political mapping, and custom geographic reports. Examples of custom applications developed by Caliper include:

  • 2010 MAF/TIGER Partnership Software (MTPS) developed for the U.S. Census Bureau. This software was used by over 40,000 state, local, and tribal governments to enhance the Census Bureau’s Master Address File (MAF) and TIGER geospatial database of roads, legal and administrative boundaries, and geographical area reporting units for the 2010 Census and survey data.
  • Community 2020 developed for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This software is designed to enable all people in a community to have a better understanding of how and where HUD resources are being, or plan to be, spent in their community and how the resource allocation relates to conditions in the community.

Enterprise web services and mashups

If you are developing a web site or a new online service and you would like to integrate geographic information, we can provide a custom web service that you can easily integrate, or mash-up into your site. When we develop a custom web service, we design it using unobtrusive Javascript and Ajax. You don't need to be an expert in GIS to program our web services.

Our GIS web services can provide many different geographic functions including custom thematic map creation, selection of database records by location, geocoding, reverse geocoding, geo-tagging, and reporting Census demographic or legislative district information by location.

We support creating APIs in a variety of formats, including REST, SOAP, JSON, RSS, or your own custom XML. We can provide application development services in a variety of server-side languages including Python, PHP and ASP.NET (VB.NET and C#).

On the client-side, we integrate our Javascript library with jQuery, Dojo, and the Google map API.

We can host the web service for you or deliver a web service platform that you can host on your own servers.

Web applications

Caliper provides turnkey geographic web application development services, including map user interface design, client-side programming using unobtrusive Javascript and server-side programming in PHP, Python, or ASP.NET (VB.NET and C#).

We can either host your application on our servers or provide you with an application that you can host on your own.

Geographic database design and development

Caliper provides consulting services for the design of data used in geographic applications. We support many database formats, including Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle, and the most popular geographic file formats.

We support data conversion, geocoding, and geographic editing of very large databases (millions of records). We support tagging database records with longitude, latitude, postal code (ZIP Code), legislative districts, and Census FIPS codes.


Supported Programming Environments:

Web Servers: Apache and Microsoft/IIS
Databases: Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL
Server-side languages: Python, PHP, ASP.NET (C#, VB.NET)
Client-side languages: HTML, Javascript (Ajax, jQuery, Dojo)

Contact Us to Learn More

For more information or to get a quote, please contact us at +1 617-527-4700 or email


GIS application development services: HEPGIS developed for FHA

The Federal Highway Administration HEPGIS web site shows many demographic, highway, MPO, and freight flow maps.

MassTrack web site developed by Caliper for MHTC

The Massachusetts High Technology Council MassTrack web site shows how communities rank in terms of factors of interest to high-tech industries.

OCVote web application developed by Caliper

The Orange County OCVote web site displays election and voter information.