A GIS is a computer system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced information; that is, data identified according to location.
Current technological trends in data collection gave us the ability to utilize handheld GPS devices with the ability to capture and edit live data using satellite connections. Our Land Surveyors have been able to provide a high level of positional accuracy utilizing the GPS-derived positions. This eliminates the need to post process, import, and update the data in the office after fieldwork has been collected. This saves cost, time and increased accuracy, and efficiency.
GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. It gives us the ability to relate different sets of data in a spatial context and to reach a conclusion about this relationship.
We use Arc GIS to assist us in analysing large amounts of data that inform the planning process.
Capturing of Knysna Municipality Zoning Data Date: 2002