If you work in a field where graphical data representation is as important as the data itself, such as oil & gas, hydrology, geology or construction, it’s critical to have the largest possible toolbox at your disposal. For this reason, you would benefit greatly from taking stock of your current software and digital resources and asking yourself if you are getting the most out of them in terms of capabilities and applications.
As creatures of habit, we can often adapt to our circumstances with relative success – a comfort zone that serves us in the day-to-day, but prohibits us from seeing the bigger picture or seizing on unseen or unconsidered opportunities. Graphing is no exception. While your current setup might afford you adequate, functional results, they may be falling short of their full potential in ways you had not considered. To avoid these limitations, review the following list of features and capabilities possessed by some of the more powerful software in graphing and mapping, and ask yourself if your current arrangement can make the same claims. If not, it may be time to make a change.