Does anyone know of a GIS based estimating program?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by hobbsd, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. hobbsd

    hobbsd LawnSite Senior Member
    from west wi
    Posts: 448

    Does anyone know if there is a GIS or satellite based virtual estimating program out there? so that you don't have to go on-site with a wheel to measure the lawn size?

    Thanks for the help =)
     
  2. hobbsd

    hobbsd LawnSite Senior Member
    from west wi
    Posts: 448

    anyone heard of such a thing? bump...

    Is trugreen using something like this?
     
  3. Josh.S

    Josh.S LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,085

    Here is what I do...

    I go to our county's auditors office website. On that website their is aerial views in the map. I can take this and measure our areas on my computer.

    Try to find your county's auditors website and maybe you can do this also.
     
  4. syzer

    syzer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,266

    I think the best thing to do is just measure on site. I hate it too, but I dont know any successful companies that dont do it.
     
  5. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 613

    Depending on what you are doing you can get a fair estimate of property size from google earth. Mulch beds may be more difficult than lawn areas. Also one drawback is the image may not be up to date and things may have changed since th image was taken.
     
  6. Jays Green Daze Landscape

    Jays Green Daze Landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    How can you use Google Earth to get the lawn dimensions?
     
  7. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 613

    It is only an estimate because any lawn on slopes the area will be off because you are only looking at it with 2 dimensions, however it can save you some time in estimating some things.

    Zoom in until you only see the lawn in thewindow (you need to know which house it is physically for this to work, because if you type in an address it doesnt always go to the exact house, it goes to a point in the road and there might be 4 houses to choose from.

    Then there is a tool to draw lines which you can draw along the property lines and do you simpl math to figure out how big the lawn is. You can also get a pretty good idea how wooded a place is too.
     
  8. Potomac Lawns Inc.

    Potomac Lawns Inc. LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 409

  9. Jays Green Daze Landscape

    Jays Green Daze Landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    Has anyone ever used goilawn?
     
  10. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,807

    msn maps is 10 times better than google earth, give that a whirl, you'll never go back to google earth again!!
     

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