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Mapping & GIS

We use mapping tools for analysis and visualisation, and for preparing geographic data for modelling within consultancy assignments - they enable various logistics network design and location analysis such as:

  • Facility relocation and weighted "centres of gravity"
  • Visualise size of flows
  • Allocate customers between fulfilment centres or depots

Read our case study on Logistics Network Development.

We also have also helped clients in sales and marketing:

  • Identifying customer hot spots
  • Prioritising sales leads
  • Competitor adjacency analysis

And in areas such as managing territories for field engineers.

Maptitude Density Grid

What is Maptitude and what else can it do?

Maptitude Geographic Information System (GIS) software is cost-effective comprehensive desktop mapping software from Caliper. With Maptitude you can:

  • Know exactly where your customers are and what sites are best for your business
  • Identify hot-spots, geographic patterns and trends that cannot be seen in database tables and spreadsheets
  • Use demographic data to model what additional business is likely to look like for your company
  • Ask questions of your data based on its location, specific attributes and/or what else is in the vicinity
  • Enhance your reports and presentations with maps and charts

You can see some of the other imaginative analysis and presentation options in Maptitude here on Caliper's website.


Maptitude Training

Maptitude includes extensive geographic data so you can get started as soon as you install the software. You can learn how to use Maptitude yourself - there is built-in help, the user manual is also comprehensive including many tutorials, and then there are plenty of helpful videos on Maptitude's site and on YouTube. However many people find that a more time-effective method is to undertake training.

Aricia provides in-company training through one-day courses aimed at getting you started with Maptitude and more tailored training for specific needs. Aricia's training is suitable for business users who need to create maps and analyse data in a geographic way, but who are not GIS experts (and don't particularly want / need to be!). The training is a mixture of some subjects that are covered in depth and awareness of other features so that the user can return to them as required.

Or, if you need assistance with something specific, we can help you with on-the-project coaching, so you come away with useful results immediately. Minimum 2 hours (=£210+VAT) or pro rata - we try to keep Friday mornings free for this and are happy to meet up in one of the informal coffee areas in the Premier Inn at Banbury, or at a location of your choice with travel costs.

Maptitude Tips

We usually change one of the tips every week or so:

Tip A: Want to see what an existing route looks like – you need data that has columns for existing routes and route order – then include all the drops for a particular route in a selection set (select by condition, route no = x) and then in the route manager, select the correct column to indicate the drop order.

Tip B: Rule No 1 when mapping with any product is: get the address right. It’s a problem for truck drivers and schedulers when given the invoice address rather than that for delivery!

Tip C: If you want to make a density heat map of one of the census type fields, make the Output Area layer the working layer. Then choose File, Export, Geography. Choose Compact Geographic File, tick Add layer to Map and also tick Export as Centroid Points. Then make the new layer the working layer and create your density heat map.

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Useful information provided at a good pace. Trainer very approachable

Gwennan Higham, Welsh for Adults