March 31, 2015

The Walking Dead + GIS: A Match In (Geek) Heaven

Explore the world of AMC's The Walking Dead in our shooting location based Esri Story Map! See the first four seasons shooting locations and story locations (if different from the shooting locations) mapped out with accompanying storyline, scenes and behind the scene shooting location information.

As always, it all started with putting points on the map. After several trial, error and quality control steps, we reached the current map story. This is one of our favorite story maps project so far. A lot of LOGIC team members have contributed in this app conceptualization. Our Team LOGIC member, Garima Vyas (@garimavyas) built The Walking Dead Story map using Esri’s Story Maps Tour template, creating the data from the scratch and modifying the Esri’s Story Map template to zombify the app.

The points are arranged by story line, this also means that the flash-backs happen on the map when they happen in the TV-series. Also, you’ll notice there are three colored points on the map: green, blue and purple. Green points represent the story location and blue points represent the shooting locations. If the shooting locations match the story location, the symbols are in purple color. If you are planning on a tour of walking dead shooting locations, follow blue and purple points for travel planning purposes and use the corresponding green point for the episode reference. We would like to thank AMC, The Walking Dead Locations and The Walking Dead Wiki for the information and the screengrabs.


We think it's really cool and hope you enjoy it! We are working on bringing the shooting locations of Season 5, please stay tuned. Let us know of any other interesting pop culture ideas to make Story maps around, post ideas in the comments. 

Zero Touch GIS

Enterprise GIS

Most organizations utilize spatial data and systems and may not realize that they are using a type of Geographic Information System (“GIS”). Other organizations might have a robust GIS servicing the entire enterprise in various capacities from robust desktop data management to lightweight field mobile devices.  Enterprise GIS represents a mature, governed ArcGIS Platform that brings key company maps and data sets into user’s hands via desktop, web and mobile on demand. Maps for everyone.

A mature GIS supports the enterprise with improved search and discoverability, collaboration, decision making and provides a single, trusted source of the truth via an intuitive map interface.  The GIS is valid, accurate, complete and trusted, but it is still multiple clicks away.  Users generally have to actively seek out and interact with GIS professionals or overly complex query and analysis tools to answer the really interesting questions.  The information sought must be actively pulled from systems and resources as opposed to the right information in the right context being pushed to the user at the right time.

Zero Touch GIS

While it is sometimes rare for companies to have a powerful and robust Enterprise GIS, once achieved, the ability to supply a “Zero Touch GIS” is possible.  Zero Touch GIS refers to a system where the right data is begin pushed to the user at the right time in the right context.  The user does not have to send an email, chase down a land person to build them a map, put a ticket in a queue, open ArcMap Desktop or open a web map and start filtering or querying to get a map product.  As users access maps on their phone, tablet, web or desktop, the map that displays is already in the right context, displaying just the data that the user needs and expects.  Layers don’t have to be turned on or off, query or filter data sets don’t requiring modification, and symbolization is correct.  The map has the right content, context and pre-calculated analyses.

Organizations can achieve this level of service by continuing to build close relationships with the line of business and becoming the “trusted advisor”.  By proactively anticipating user needs instead of reacting to requests, a better understanding of the data behind the analyses and maps will result.

The GIS team is now anticipating user needs.  They are pre-processing and high-grading data so that when the business user opens a map, they don’t have to query, interpret or mash up data, but instead the answer they are seeking is already on the map.  The competitor analysis is already there, the top ten performing and bottom ten performing wells are already there, the platforms assets endangered by the coming storm are already there. 

Next Steps

LOGIC Solutions Group has the skill and experience to help your team achieve Zero Touch GIS.  We will work with your line of business users and your GIS team to identify quick wins and strategic initiatives to accelerate the process.  Please contact us today to discuss how we can help.

March 17, 2015

Welcome the new LOGIC website

After months of hardwork, client meetings and taking a hard look at how we wanted to talk to folks about our GIS and Information Management practice, we are happy to announce the launch of our new website.

The entire website is based on our mission of working with clients to create, manage and integrate information management and geospatial assets to provide insight into the oil and gas life cycle.

Our passion for practicing GIS and information management can be found in the create, manage and integrate pages. This is where we share what we believe is the key to developing and sustaining a successful Information Management and GIS practice.

Please take a few moments to explore our new site...and check back often for new blog posts, resources and tips.