A Picture is Worth a Thousand…Maps?

Wouldn’t it be helpful to have a map book that contains data about each feature as well as a photo to further corroborate the story?  What about the ability to bring the field indoors and make maintenance decisions from the comfort of your office? Photos of structures, signs, trees, etc. collected and attached to feature…

GIS Solutions for a Growing Issue

As our cities continue to grow at a seemingly endless rate our need to understand, monitor, build and replace infrastructure is becoming a main issue at every level of government throughout the country. Having a well maintained utility system ensures a quality of life for the community. Connecting policy makers and the public with quality…

Better Map Labels

One of the biggest challenges in making data dense print maps is the labeling process. Well placed labels make maps immediately more understandable. Fortunately, there are a few time saving techniques outside the default that might just change the way you label, without having to resort to annotation.   The Labeling Toolbar We all know that we can design with the…

How to Save the World in 2015 with GIS

As the year come to a close, I like to reflect on how the next year can be even better. And one thing I always think of is how I can serve humanity to make the world a better place. Did you know that there is a tangible, remote way to help in a humanitarian…

A Cartographic Christmas

  Last year I enjoyed writing a post on fun ways to engage kids in thinking spatially around the holidays. You can revisit that post and learn how you can track Santa and see if you’ll have a white Christmas here. This year I decided to focus on finding a perfect location based gift for that…

AE2S GIS Helps City of Williston Map for the Future

AE2S recently created conceptual capital improvement plan maps for the City of Williston, North Dakota in the midst of extreme expected population growth.   The Williston Herald really brought the issue of financing this growth into the local news limelight, in the article “City looking at $1 billion in added costs” on July 29th, 2014:   “Unprecedented growth is…

So Much to Learn at the MN GIS/LIS 2014 Conference

There’s something wonderful about being surrounded by other GIS people. I got that experience most recently at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Annual conference in Rochester, Minnesota. The of whirlwind of people, sessions, and conversations, gave me a few takeaways: Do you ever wish you could show someone what you are doing on your iPhone easily? Well…

No One Wants to Look at Your Ugly Map

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending at the WI Land Information Association Annual Conference. One of the topics that has interested me for a long time is how we as map makers communicate. And sometimes we say things we don’t mean to. Or we don’t know how to say the things we want…

NDSPLS 2013 Map Award Winner

Last week, the North Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors held its annual convention in Grand Forks.  During the awards banquet AE2S’s own Casey Berg was a selected as the 2013 Map Award Winner.  He submitted a drawing of a plat that contained lake lots at Sump Lake (Located Southeast of Devils Lake, ND). Congratulations…