An Overview of GIS Mapping & Mining

GIS has one purpose: To quickly and easily answer questions about your data related to location. A geographic information system (GIS) is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data. It analyzes spatial location and organizes layers of information into visual content. With this unique capability, GIS mapping reveals deeper insights into data, helping users make smarter decisions. This data can analyze a subject to determine the location, amount, density, and change. Now that you know the basics let’s dive in a little deeper. 

Mapping Location and Quantities 

With GIS mapping, you can map the spatial location of real-world features and visualize the spatial relationships among them. This will allow you to see visual patterns in the data by determining the specific type of geology. GIS mapping can also be used to map quantities, such as where the most and least are, find places that meet their criteria or see the relationships between different places.  

Mapping Densities and What’s Inside 

Sometimes it is more important to map concentrations, or a quantity normalized by area or total number. This narrows down the data to one area in particular. We can use GIS to determine what is happening or what features are located inside a specific area/region. We can determine the characteristics of “inside” by creating specific criteria to define an area of interest.  

Mapping What is Nearby and General Change 

One can find out what is happening within a set distance of a feature or event by mapping what is nearby using geoprocessing tools. This can help determine the distance that a project can span in terms of location. We can also map the change in a specific geographic area to anticipate future conditions, decide on a course of action, or evaluate the results of an action or policy. 

GIS is more than just software. People and methods are combined with geospatial software to enable spatial analysis, manage large datasets, and display information in a map/graphical form. In need of these services? Burgex Inc. provides GIS mapping services for the mineral exploration and mining industries. Our geologists are well versed in GIS application for mineral exploration and have experience using the industry-leading Esri ArcGIS platform. Put our GIS mapping services to work for you and contact us today for a free estimate

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