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Corporate entities and their manufacturing plants, warehouses, suppliers and other partners, all have something in common –association with locations. A geographic information system (GIS) assists in the processing, analysis, and visualization of corporate knowledge that pertains to place. Corporations have been using GIS tools to perform site selection, risk management, territory creation, routing, supply chain analysis, asset tracking, regulatory compliance, and workforce management.
Dr. Charles Linville, Founder and President of Ploughman Analytics, will describe a number of applications of GIS in the private sector, drawing attention to the capacity of a GIS create new knowledge as well as to communicate spatial information. In particular, he will discuss site selection and location analysis, the examination of logistics networks and their impact on market territories, and applications of satellite image processing.
Dr. Linville developed the first recurring course in geographic information systems at American University in DC, and played a key role in establishing the GIS group at Archer Daniels Midland, where he was Manager of Knowledge and Data Engineering and then Director of Analytics and Knowledge Systems. Ploughman Analytics, founded in 2007, is a consultancy and software development group in the Research Park of the University of Illinois. Its practice includes GIS, business intelligence and data warehousing, operations research, and knowledge management.