What is GIS?
A GIS (Geographic Information System) is used to display, manipulate, and analyse geographic information.
GIS can be used to visualise data from databases, allowing easier interpretation of that data.
How does GIS work?
A GIS combines layers of information about a location to give you a better understanding of that location.
GIS represents features of the real world as geographic layers.
GIS can be used to solve real-world problems including:
- verifying location,
- creating planning models,
- monitoring environmental conditions.
- routing and tracking vehicles,
- and much more!
Tools for map display, query, geometric processing, or analysis are built into GIS software packages which can be tailored for specific needs.
GIS data most commonly exists in one of two formats: vector or raster.
- Vector data consists of discrete features such as points (manholes), lines (roads), or polygons (parcel boundaries).
- Raster data consists of continuous data made up of pixels (Aerial Photography).
How does Central Hawke's Bay District Council use GIS?
The Regulatory Department uses GIS to create, manage and analyse planning and regulatory information (Building Consents, Resource Consents, Subdivisions, Hazard Information, Dogs, etc).
The Technical Services Department uses GIS to create, manage and analyse. Utilites information (Sewer, Stormwater and Water infrastructure). It is a key tool for Utilities Asset Management.