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Introducing New Zealand's first nationally-standardised Emergency Management Basemap.

Posted by Steve Critchlow on 05-Apr-2018 14:14:29

As a part of the NZGIS4EM community, lately my attention has been on how our organisation can make a difference to emergency managers and services in New Zealand by utilising geospatial data.

It soon became clear to me that the data these teams and organisations needed was something that we already had and have been supplying to our customers for many years.

So, we did some research on what datasets were of the highest priority to emergency managers and teams throughout NZ and, using one of the NationalMap basemaps, created the EM Basemap.

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Topics: NZ Geospatial, Spatial, NationalMap, Data, Location Intelligence, GIS, Incident Management, Emergency Management

The Four Biggest Benefits of Improving Your Organisation's Address Data Quality.

Posted by Caitlin McDougall on 03-Jul-2017 09:38:59

Bad address data: ever the invisible dilemma for many organisations. Why? It's something that is essentially intangible but, at the same time, something that can wreak havoc on a company's time, revenue, and reputation. It's one heck of a hidden cost - in every sense of the word.

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Topics: Data, Address Data, Data Quality

Here's What's New in the Latest NationalMap Release.

Posted by Caitlin McDougall on 27-Apr-2017 09:00:00

The latest six monthly release of NationalMap™ is being rolled out as we speak and, while it boasts a number of reviews and updates to contextual and POI data; motorway junctions; and retail and shopping areas, the biggest and most notable additions are evident in the roads.

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Topics: NZ Geospatial, NationalMap, Data, Location Intelligence, GIS

8 New Features and Changes in the Latest NationalMap Release.

Posted by Caitlin McDougall on 25-Oct-2016 07:00:00

The latest release of NationalMap has now been rolled out and, as always, we're confident in saying that it's a good one!

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Topics: Critchlow, NationalMap, Data, Aerial imagery

We're giving New Zealand roads a (digital) makeover.

Posted by Caitlin McDougall on 09-Aug-2016 08:53:43

Here at Critchlow, we’re always hard at work. One thing that we’ve been working particularly hard on lately in the geospatial data and solutions side of our business is route optimisation. More specifically, we’re reviewing and improving the alignment of New Zealand roads. Every single one.

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Topics: NZ Geospatial, Data, Location Intelligence, GIS, Routing, Transport

5 Key NationalMap Updates That Add Even More Detail and Value.

Posted by Caitlin McDougall on 21-Apr-2016 12:13:43

The most recent release of NationalMap is currently being rolled out and we can confidently say that it’s a good one. Over the past six months, our data team have worked tirelessly to push out a number of changes and improvements that continue to make NationalMap a comprehensive, detailed, and invaluable solution for all your mapping and location-based needs.

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Topics: Critchlow, NationalMap, Data, Aerial imagery

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

THE POWER OF CENSUS

Posted by Jacob Pescini on 16-Jun-2014 15:27:28

Census is here. Are you ready to harness its power?

Though the primary purpose of the Census is to provide a population count and planning resource for government, in recent times the information collected has been used increasingly by market-focused organisations to enhance their marketing, customer insight and operations functions.

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Topics: Marketing, Critchlow, Data, Census

NZ Transport Agency aerial imagery

Posted by Jacob Pescini on 25-Sep-2012 22:10:20

The NZ Transport Agency has made its aerial imagery datasets available at http://koordinates.com/#/maps/nzta/. Anyone can now easily discover, access and download this imagery in standard formats at little or no cost. This imagery has been released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence.

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Topics: NZ Geospatial, Data, Aerial imagery, NZTA, Pitney Bowes Software

MapCAD for MapInfo Pro

Posted by Jacob Pescini on 18-Jul-2012 04:43:00

One of the most underused but powerful tool sets in MapInfo Professional are the MapCAD tools. MapCAD is a powerful set of “CAD like” drawing tools that extend the standard MapInfo Professional drawing functionalities to make working with graphical objects even easier.

Since version 9.5 of MapInfo Pro, uses have had access to 40+ for designing and manipulating map objects. With the move to the ribbon interface in v12.5 The MapCAD tools were revised and integrated into the default ribbon tabs when the tool is run. 

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Topics: Tools, Data, Drawing, Pitney Bowes Software, MapInfo Pro

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