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Spatial Analysis: The Only Tool You Need When Pricing by Location

Posted by Caitlin McDougall on 01-Mar-2016 11:23:50

How do you define urban, rural and remote?

Here’s a predicament you may know well: you deliver services right across New Zealand and charge for the privilege. The service delivery, that’s fine. But when it comes to the pricing of said delivery, that’s where things start getting a little murky. 

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Topics: Spatial, Spatial Analysis, NationalMap, Location Intelligence

Gut Feel and Spatial Modelling: A Match Made in Retail Site Selection Heaven

Posted by Anne Harper on 16-Dec-2015 11:16:19

Is Gut feel enough?

I trust my gut – if I’m feeling uneasy or super excited about something, the feeling hits me there first. Using that gut feel or intuition (which I believe is based on our values and experience, our perception of the world) brings all the senses into one moment of decision making.

Many business decisions have been made on gut feel: choosing a retail site, fitting out a store, hiring staff. Expert experience, combined with trial and error to see what works, has informed much of our current built environment. 

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Topics: Spatial Analysis, Retail Location Analysis, Retail Network Planning, Spatial Modelling

What you need to know about MapInfo Pro Licensing and Serial Numbers

Posted by Jacob Pescini on 08-Dec-2015 14:57:55

Upgrading to a newer version of MapInfo? Whether you’re a seasoned MapInfo Pro user or just starting out, knowing a little about MapInfo Pro licensing and serial numbers will make your upgrade as simple as a few clicks. In this post we will cover-off some of the most common questions we get around license (serial numbers) and activation codes for MapInfo Pro.

 

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Topics: MapInfo Pro, MapInfo Pro Advanced

Where to find New Zealand Grid data for use in MapInfo Pro Advanced

Posted by Jacob Pescini on 12-Nov-2015 10:00:00

MapInfo Pro Advanced v16 is here and it brings super-fast visualisation and analysis of large and highly detailed grid-based spatial data. While the advanced version of MapInfo Pro v16 allows users to convert and create their own grid/raster datasets using the highly performant interpolation algorithms, users of MapInfo Pro v16 can still take advantage of the new MRR data format by converting existing grids into MRR.

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Topics: NZ Geospatial, Raster GIS, MapInfo Pro Advanced, MRR

5 key benefits of the MapInfo MRR file format

Posted by Jacob Pescini on 10-Nov-2015 16:05:31

The size and number of raster datasets available to the GIS professional is growing rapidly. For example, the resolution and coverage of remote sensing platforms increases with every new generation of hardware. The physical number of satellites and other sensing platforms in operation is increasing year on year. Storing, managing, visualising and processing this data has become increasingly challenging for data providers and consumers.

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Topics: GIS, Raster GIS, MapInfo Pro Advanced, MRR

What value does the private sector add to road centreline GIS data in New Zealand?

Posted by Andrew Smith on 05-Oct-2015 14:35:47

New Zealand Local and Central Government agencies are doing a great job at providing free public access to the data they collect and create. For example, The Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) Data Service (LDS) https://data.linz.govt.nz/ has over 1800 datasets available for free download in various geospatial formats. Yet mapping companies are still producing datasets and selling them for money. Are these companies just duplicating the efforts of these agencies or, worse still are they just freeloading and re-packaging freely available government data for profit without adding any value?

This blog explores what value private sector mapping companies add to public data and why they do it. Specifically I would like to explore road centrelines and answer the question: “Why would I want to pay for road centrelines when I can download them free from the LDS?”

 

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Topics: Data, GIS

Creating Beautiful Maps Quickly with MapInfo Pro Advanced

Posted by Jacob Pescini on 03-Sep-2015 13:26:37



Previously we wrote about MapInfo Pro Advanced and specifically focused on the performance of the .MRR file format and the 64bit platform. As always, we’ve been busy experimenting with importing and manipulating data using the various tools and we’ve been surprised at how easy and quick it is to create really good looking maps.

The ease comes essentially from the ability to instantly preview and apply colour, sun-shading and highlighting effects to the grid files we’ve been working with. As the rendering is instantaneous it is really easy to apply the little tweaks that can take maps from the so-so to the wow.

In this post we’re going to run through the process that we undertook to build the map that provides the backdrop to the image at the top of this post.

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Topics: MapInfo Pro, Raster GIS, MapInfo Pro Advanced

All you need to know about MapInfo Pro Smart Indexing

Posted by Jacob Pescini on 23-Jul-2015 13:43:43

 

Hands up if you like watching progress bars slowly make their way from start to finish in any application you use?

Thought so.

Previously, if you had been working with large tables in MapInfo Pro and the columns in those tables had been indexed, then it would be highly likely that you’ve seen a good amount of these progress bars. They might be good for giving you time to think about what to have for lunch but not so good for your productivity (or stress levels if working to a deadline).

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Topics: MapInfo Pro

How to access the LINZ Data Service basemaps in MapInfo Pro and Spectrum Spatial Analyst

Posted by Jacob Pescini on 09-Jun-2015 11:09:44

In a previous blog I wrote about how to access the latest aerial imagery for New Zealand in MapInfo Pro through the basemap service provided by the LINZ Data Service (LDS).

Since then the LDS has released a number of basemap services and this blog will outline how to access and use these basemaps in the latest versions of MapInfo Pro and Spectrum Spatial Analyst.

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Topics: LDS, LINZ, Stratus, MapInfo Pro

Raster GIS: the trade-off is over with MapInfo Pro Advanced and MRR

Posted by Jacob Pescini on 06-May-2015 12:38:00

Spatial analysis is about releasing insights from data and visualising it in a way that can be easily communicated. Before you get to the maps, it’s all about the data.

There are two principle forms which the data used in a Geographic Information System (GIS) can take, vector based and raster based.

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Topics: MapInfo Pro, GIS, Raster GIS

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