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GIS Data Conversion Tools

by Andrew on May 30, 2014

It's 2014; and I’m still waiting on the raster to vector conversion tool that works. We put a man on the moon (I think) and I’ve been promised this magic tool that when given a paper map will produce a line drawing I can manipulate for years now. It’s getting closer, but it’s still not there.
 
GIS data conversion has evolved over the years. We have seen many advancements that improve the speed of conversion; however, the human has not been replaced as our “go to” map conversion tool. When dealing with documents that are over 100 years old, there are a number of situations where the person has to make a decision based on what is not shown or relayed on the document. With this in mind, I’m still impressed with how difficult many of the industries conversion software tools have become and impressed on how well Schneider Geospatial’s Geogear™ tools like COGO and Navigator have stood the test of time. I guess when tools are designed by a professional team that has to do a repetitive process thousands of times over and over, they streamline the process and will squeeze out every opportunity for improvement that they can find.
 
Geogear™-Editor has a robust set of aliquot parts and COGO creation tools designed specifically for parcel data creation and maintenance. The module builds upon the sketch editing environment in ArcGIS by providing a user-friendly, powerful coordinate geometry editing capability. The extension works in all panels of ArcGIS and will allow you to create or edit cadastral data-like parcels and subdivisions, or any other polygon or line feature with ease. Simply choose the point of beginning and COGO will allow you to follow the legal description exactly using one or more of its extensive editing features.
 
Geogear™-Navigator allows the user to easily navigate around the ArcGIS™ environment. It interfaces with tabular data to allow for easy searches and querying. Within local government, this module will allow the user to easily join to real estate, appraisal, utility databases, and many others, and then query for specific attributes like owner, address, and manhole. It also includes other analysis tools to help users in many arenas. Features include access to HTML reports, show area, show angles, overview window, and customizable query forms. This module includes an automated printing feature that allows you to easily print a series of maps to assemble map books or atlases. These tools automatically allow you to easily print areas at different scales based on an index theme. One common use is to print at a larger scale in rural areas than in the urban areas.
 
I haven’t heard many requests for new Geogear™ enhancements lately. What would you like to see in the next release of Geogear™?