GIS, GPS, Geo-coding Put You On the Map

Municipal employees from across East Texas gather at the Columbia Geospatial Center in Nacogdoches. They're learning about geocoding. A SFA graduate student patiently walks them through the software commands. Another graduate assistant, Rene Hinojosa explained,  " Geocoding essentially helps us give a geographic location to something like a street line and this will aid in 911 response or something as simple as providing delivery routes."

Perhaps it's as simple as going from point a to point b. Ask Lydia Sauceda. The mapping specialist works for a company that uses geocoding. It creates all kinds of specialized routes through the San Antonio region.   Sauceda said,  " All of San Antonio and parts of the surrounding counties in Bexar County. So, we have over 500,000 customers, so, it's huge area that we encompass."

Smaller cities have discovered GIS. Longview has a GIS Emergency Response Team. Justin Cure, the team's manager sees that everything is on a map.   " Such as water lines and sewer lines. Council district lines. All sorts of geographic infrastructure."

The beauty of GIS is the software has hundreds of applications. Cities focus on natural resource management, public works, municipal engineering and emergency response. Dr Darrel McDonald put together a geospatial conference. He wants people to know GIS and GPS help all individuals.  " Response is better coordinated, more effective, and saves lives, "  said McDonald. No matter the incident, GIS is now so widely used that geospatial science is classified as the top three job opportunity in the United States.