In the previous article, we saw some concrete examples of projects carried out through the use of GIS technologies. Let’s go further to see other applications!

Environment GIS Applications

  • Environmental Impact Assessment – Measuring anticipated effects on the environment of a proposed development project

Forestry GIS Applications

  • Forest Inventory – Prioritizing timber harvesting units by referring to age class and forest type to better measure timber acreage and average estimates.

Gaming GIS Applications

  • Oculus Rift – Building realistic 3D environments with Esri CityEngine because virtual reality is all about location and a sense of place.

Geology GIS Applications

  • Geomorphology Features – Studying the nature and origin of landforms, including relationships to underlying structures and processes of formation.

History GIS Applications

  • Smoke Signals – Using viewsheds to put yourself in Native Americans shoes when smoke signals were used.

Healthy Mapping Applications

  • Centre for Disease Control (CDC) – Serving county-level maps of heart disease and stroke by race/ethnicity, gender, and age group, along with maps of social and economic factors and health services for the entire United States or for a chosen state or territory.

Mail Services GIS Applications

  • Amazon Mail Delivery Drone – Shipping parcels in style using drone technology.

Media GIS Applications

  • Movie Maps – Creating ultra-realistic 3D cities for big box office movies. 

Municipality/Urban GIS Applications

  • Smart Cities – Integrating urban development visions with GIS such as smart urban planning, smart utilities, smart transportation, smart public works and citizen engagement.

Ocean / Marine GIS Applications

  • Underwater Street View – Submarining as if you’re underwater in Google Earth’s underwater street view.


See you in the next and last article about GIS applications!