Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Dodson & Flinker provides GIS services to towns, non-profit conservation groups, land trusts, and planning consultants for a wide variety of projects, from scenic analysis to traditional comprehensive planning. The power of GIS is invaluable in organizing complex material in multiple layers, which can be overlaid to understand relationships, solve problems, and explore design ideas.

GIS is becoming an increasingly powerful tool for public participation. GIS maps convey complex information visually, so that the public can better understand both existing conditions and proposals for future conservation and development. In addition, Dodson & Flinker is a leader in exploring the use of three-dimensional GIS visualization tools that combine the accuracy of traditional maps with the accessibility of a visual perspective. These allow the complex relationship between the physical form of the landscape and features such as wetlands, streams and vegetation to be seen clearly. In addition to helping people understand the existing landscape, the three-dimensional tools can be used to illustrate planning proposals and design alternatives from a unique perspective.