The Growing Role of GIS for Renewable Energy

How GIS is Used to Map Renewable Energy Resources

Imagine taking a road trip and as you’re driving, you come across wind turbine after wind turbine. There’s dozens of them on either side of you as you’re driving past fields and farm land. Why are they there? And how was it decided that wind turbines should be placed there? Chances are GIS technology helped project planners make this decision.

With a global focus on climate change, there is a significant need for renewable energy sources like solar, wind, water, and thermal energy. As great as renewable energy is, it can’t be used everywhere.

The question is, why not?

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The Power of GIS Technology During Natural Disasters

We’ve all seen, heard about, and even felt the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria. Millions of people have lost their homes, don’t have access to electricity and water, and are in desperate need of relief efforts and emergency aid. For businesses, these natural disasters have impacted supply chain processes, transportation of goods, and the ability to restock products swiftly to keep up with demand.

Despite these challenges though, GIS technology is making it easier for companies to prepare for impending storms. For example, Home Depot’s supply chain and merchandising teams worked around-the-clock to restock stores and transport goods in preparation of Hurricane Irma. GIS technology allowed brands like Home Depot to monitor stores, ramp up and activate the best distribution centers, and determine the best routes to get supplies in and out.

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Mapline’s Made Major Changes to User Experience

Software Update: The Mapping Experience Made Even Easier

Faster, Intuitive User Face

For successful mapping, users need an intuitive interface that makes data visualization fast and easy. Mapline’s latest software update gives a complete face lift to the user experience, cleaning up the platform and making it easier for users to create maps and analyze their data. A live chat feature has also been added if users have questions or need help.

New and Improved Mobile Friendly Experience

Now users can create and analyze your maps all from your mobile device. Mapline’s latest update makes it fast and easy to work within the platform anywhere, anytime, so users don’t have to be tied down to their desktops.

Add Map Elements from One Drop Down

With a single “Add” dropdown button, users can incorporate datasets, territories or boundaries, custom shapes, and miscellaneous pins into their maps. This makes it faster for users to visualize their data and customize what they include in their maps.

Draw Custom Shapes Faster

When users wanted to create multiple custom shapes, they’d have to select a shape, create it, then repeat. Mapline’s update to its custom shapes feature cuts that time in half, letting users draw multiple shapes at once. Users can now also edit their shapes after drawing and add labels and names for custom organization.

Filter When and How You Want

Mapline’s Filter feature is more powerful than ever before. Users can now create filters based on multiple columns within their datasets so they can customize their views and get more specific with their data analysis.

Additional Upgrades

Mapline’s latest software update includes other upgraded features for users, including:

  • An easier territory styling that will be responsive when coloring boundaries based on pin data.
  • An adjusted dropdown menu where the “Marker” label has been changed to “Styling”. This section allows users to edit their pins, make them a specific dot density, and upload custom images for the pins – all from a single menu.
  • Reformatted styling within the platform to have the same look and feel as the Mapline website.
  • Moving the “Tools” button from the left sidebar to the main header bar.

Have questions about Mapline’s software update? Contact us today for assistance!

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Mapline’s V5 Update

The biggest changes are here, and they’re taking the mapping experience to a whole new level! Since it’s Mapline’s goal to exceed the expectations of our users, here are the changes that we designed and developed over the past few months to bring you the best mapping experience in the most time-efficient ways.

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