Geoconcept Environment

Geoconcept Geographical Information System

The Geoconcept Geographical Information System combines vector and raster data and manages point, linear, surface and text objects.

It's variable size data management engine allows it to manage even the most complex databases with ease.

It provides users with a unique Geoconcept engine irrespective of the required architecture (standalone workstation, client/server, Internet, mobile or a custom business solution…).

This single engine ensures that the GIS architecture can evolve without difficulty and future-proofs your technology investment.

Main features

Operating systems and databases

Geoconcept is accessible from PC-type platforms (compatible with Windows 8, Windows vista and Windows 7). Upgrades also run under other operating systems.

Geoconcept connect with most databases on the market: Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, Sybase, Access, Excel, etc.

The GIS also manages mega-bases using market standards (ODBC, OLE- DB, OpenGis...) and a configuration of native links with Oracle and PostGreSQL.

Geoconcept and database compatibility

Geoconcept GIS database queries

Data integration

The Geoconcept GIS possesses a powerful compiled query engine combining conditions relating to object geometry and to object semantics.

They are compiled via a user-friendly interface without inputting any command and can be saved and retrieved on demand.

They can also be configured using spatial operators (intersection, inclusion, proximity), logical operators (and, or, except) and arithmetic operators (contains, is equal to, is less than, strictly greater than or equal to).
The Geoconcept GIS provides 3 direct ways of accessing attributed information in the database :
  • The definable info-box that can be activated for each object simply by hovering the mouse over the object
  • The fully customizable information form containing the attributes of the selected object and accessed by double-clicking the object.
  • The object list representation is similar to spreadsheets and the attributes in a list of objects are represented as editable columns.

Thematic and spatial analyses

A simple and comprehensive wizard allows clear mapping analyses to be performed. It uses various analytical and presentation techniques and enables numerical and text fields to be combined within the same analysis.

In addition to topological operations, different complementary functions assist spatial analysis : regrouping, sectoring, buffer zones and topological junctions, etc.

Thematic analyses using the GeoConcept GIS

Export to Google Earth using the KMZ format

All or part of a map can be exported to Google Earth. Collections of point, line or surface objects are displayed instantly while preserving the appearance defined in Geoconcept and complying with the structure designed in the map.
The attributed information associated with the geographical components is presented in the form of information bubbles when one moves within the mapped area in Google Earth.

GeoConcept GIS Google Earth export

Route calculation engine

The routing engine possesses many capabilities:

  • Calculation of a point-to-point route with one or more stages and associated roadmap
  • Calculation of isochrones or isodistances around a point or several points
  • Generating distance tables and searching around for objects relative to a defined point.
  • Populating fields with a journey time / distance or else the name of the closest object
  • Incorporation of HERETraffic Patterns™ models (dedicated road application data)
  • Creating and using customizable road graphs (speed profiles, prohibition rules, etc.

3D for everyone

Geoconcept's native integration of a 3D engine alongside a 2D engine puts it as the very heart of the 3D data design and use chain : processing of complex 3D models, navigation, thematic display, etc.

  • Starting with 2D data, GeoConcept communicates with professional 3D design tools thereby becoming capable of handling complex 3D models.
  • Thanks to an integrated interface, the 3D navigation takes place directly within the GIS and is based on geographical data from different sources : digital ground models, raster and vector databases and 3D models.

New thematic display methods reveal the variation in spatial phenomena in a novel way. Cylinders, spheres, proportional 3D analytical opportunities are opening up !

SIG en 3D

4D, a new way to manipulate data

By integrating the dynamic representation of qualitative, quantitative and temporal data at the very heart of the cartographic engine, the 4D - the 4th dimension - offers users new opportunities for representation and analysis of data in a dynamic mode. With a change in the data model and the query engine, that becomes spatio-temporal, map display and geographical analyzes can now travel through time.

Exchanging vector and raster data

The updating of attributed information on objects (vector) already present on a map is simple and intuitive. The inclusion of fully customizable alphanumeric data can be done by means of pre-recorded configurations for subsequent use.
The management of image databases with a view to raster/vector combinations is facilitated by numerous features :
Unique integration wizard for every possible format (geo-referenced or not)
Dynamic display re-projection aided by registering the raster map image on surface objects (rectangles)
Modifying displayed images (contrast, brightness, grey levels, transparency, customized color palette) without rewriting to the source image file.

Web publishing

Geoconcept allows users to download a map to a remote server (through a shared folder or via FTP) or to publish or update a map online in a few clicks via Easy Geoweb, the simple online publishing wizard of Geoconcept Internet Server solution.

Management of metadata

RéA metadata publisher has been incorporated in Geoconcept in response to the INSPIRE directive and to ISO standards 19115 and 19139. The metadata description is then stored directly in XML format, facilitating its integration with existing data cataloguing and spatial reference tools such as GeoSource or GeoNetwork.
The metadata can be stored in XML format (Extensible Markup Language)

Data geocoding

Polling the Geoconcept geocoding engine via a web service, the user has permanent access to the best existing reference table directly from his GIS. The reference table is systematically updated and the engine's performance enables it quickly to geo-code large volumes of data at town, district and address level.

Comprehensive and automated reports

Geoconcept features a powerful report design and generation engine. Using simple wizards, the user designs a model template containing maps, tables, graphs, dynamic texts, etc. Then he generates mass reports for all the objects (places, territories, sectors...) in the numerous available formats, in particular Word, Excel, Html, Pdf.

Automated reports

GeoConcept GIS advanced display management

Map rendering and publication

Managing the appearance of the geographical objects is fully customizable. The conditions governing the display of the objects can be recorded as visibility tabs making it easier to work on multiple layers of information. The font, the size and the color of the labels on the map are also customizable.

The Geoconcept GIS allows the addition of virtual rendering layers  (label, raster, SmartLabel, hypervideo, compressed map, Web Maps…) and legends
It provides specific functions for the pagination of mapping documents as well as a MultiViewer for enabling the map to be viewed by users who do not have Geoconcept.


The menus display tool bars organized in panels, providing clear and rapid access to the desired features.

This simple, specific and intuitive interface provides access to the object navigation, selection and creation features in “multi-touch” mode.

Exporting using Geoconcept eXplorer

Any Geoconcept database (.GCM/.GCR) can be used dynamically in any Microsoft office application using the ActiveX eXplorer control.

It is therefore possible to integrate a map into an Excel table, Word document or PowerPoint presentation provided that Geoconcept eXplorer alone is installed on a machine (by integrating “Geoconcept map” objects).

Geoconcept GIS structure

The map

The map comprises of only two files, making it very easy to manage, move and transfer:
.GCM (Geoconcept Map) containing the geographic and attributed data
.GCR (Geoconcept Resources), comprising map database structure and a suite of map related resources.

The structure

The database is an object oriented database: the objects are characterized by belonging to a Class and Subclass and by fields (or attributes). The definitions collectively constitute a map’s data model.

The data model management tool

The configurator is the structural kernel of the Geoconcept GIS. It allows the data model’s Classes, Subclasses and fields to be set up, modified and deleted.

The projection systems

By default, any new map uses the Lambert 2 extended projection system.
Other systems are available as well : Lambert 93 and UTM projections etc.

A very comprehensive library of projection systems is provided, including in particular the Geolib. library.

A customizable environment

As with Microsoft Office, Geoconcept caters for user preferences simply by customizing one or a number of toolbars containing the most frequently used commands using "click and drag".

The toolbars can be docked on the edge of the screen.
More than 150 functions are available in icon format.

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