New Maptitude Add-ins for Territories and Vehicle Routing

Caliper have just released two new add-ins for Maptitude: Balanced Territories Add-in This add-in automatically creates a new territory layer from an existing area layer. Each territory is created by combining areas (e.g. zip codes) in the area, whilst attempting to create equal sums of a data field. For example, you could create territories with ...

High Resolution Printed Maps

In the past we were able to offer high resolution printed MapPoint maps via a partnership with Mattys Consulting. Maps could be ‘wall sized’ whilst retaining full resolution; and supplied as printed paper, laminated, or as a PDF. Mattys Consulting are now able to offer these services again for Microsoft MapPoint, Caliper Maptitude, and other ...

Beware of Choropleth Maps!

Beware of Choropleth Maps!
I was recently experimenting with the new Maptitude data of 2018 Zip Code Business Counts. Free for existing customers, this data lists the total number of businesses by type (NAICS code) for every zip code in the USA. This data represents a huge number of data fields, and it is recommended that users read Caliper’s ...

Caliper release free US Health Data

Caliper have just released a data pack of US healthcare providers as a free download for Maptitude and TransCAD. This data pack includes hospitals, health clinics, physicians, other providers (pharmacists, nurses, optometrists, etc), and other features (pharmacies, dental practices, etc). Further information and the download can be found here. The data packs are in the ...

Data Quality and Public Trust 1

I recently published a series of Maptitude maps of earthquakes. A couple of these mapped recent Oklahoma earthquakes against saltwater disposal wells. Much of the public commentary has blamed these earthquakes on hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”) by the oil industry. However the earthquakes do not correlate with the fracking in either time or space. Instead ...

A Simple GISDK Demo

This is a simple demonstration of the GISDK macro language that is supplied with Caliper Maptitude. It lets the user select a layer from the current map and then deletes all of the layer’s selection sets (except the default ‘Selection‘). It demonstrates the use of GISDK command structures, API, and a custom dialog box. The ...

New Maptitude 3d Surfaces Section

I have just added a new section to the Maptitude ‘Howto’ pages over at mapping-tools.com, discussing Maptitude’s 3d surface and landscape options. Here is an example image of Snowdonia, created using Ordnance Survey elevation data combined with Google Maps Satellite imagery: Other examples include Guadalupe Mountains (Texas), and geological overlays of both the Caprock Escarpment ...

Mapping the St Albans Sinkhole 2

Mapping the St Albans Sinkhole
On 1st October, a large sinkhole opened up in St Albans, UK, cutting off an entire cul-de-sac of houses. New sinkholes are very common, but this one quickly became international news due to its photogenic proximity to houses. We think of sinkholes as appearing in places like Florida or the Yorkshire Dales. Why did one ...