Cairns GIS & Queensland GIS & Spatial Services

Cairns GIS & Spatial Services

At ISA Solutions we provide many different services but out of them all we love GIS…its our passion. We love the way it allows you to visualise boring data. We love how it can make hard decisions easy to make. And we love the way it can fill the needs of so many across an organisation.

Based in the city of Cairns in Far North Queensland we provide organisations in the area of Cairns GIS services.

With over two decades in the industry we have the skills needed to deliver the area of Cairns GIS services in whatever way is needed. While some spatial system companies just offer GIS services we provide other services such as Web Development, Hosting, Networking & Database Management.

When you couple our GIS experience with our expertise in these fields it means that with ISA Solutions you get complete GIS solutions that integrate with existing systems.

GIS Services For Cairns and Queensland

GIS & Spatial Services Experts


QGIS (sometimes known as Quantum GIS) is a user friendly Open Source GIS primarily for your desktop but can also be used on mobile devices and even as an OGC Data Server. It supports a huge amount of vector, raster & database formats and has a wide range of functionalities. It allows users to explore data, compose maps, create, edit, manage & export data and also perform serious analysis of complex spatial data. In just a few years its become a leader in the desktop GIS market and currently exceeds many commercial GIS’s feature sets. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License and runs on all major operating systems. We can install, configure and train your staff in QGIS or provide on going support. With its $0 price tag and amazing array of features you’ll start wondering why you’re paying for your current commercial desktop GIS!



MapServer is an Open Source platform for publishing spatial data and interactive mapping applications to the web.  It supports numerous OGC standards including WMS, non-transactional WFS, WMC, WCS, Filter Encoding, SLD, GML, SOS & OM and can read data from a massive number of raster sources such as TIFF/GeoTIFF, EPPL7, and many others via GDAL and vector sources such as ESRI shapfiles, PostGIS, ESRI ArcSDE, Oracle Spatial, MySQL and many others via OGR. It is consistently one of the fastest and most configurable online mapping engines in the world, blowing many commercial mapping engines out of the water. We have been developing MapServer solutions for years and can provide a system to suit your needs. We can also help you convert your existing mapping server over to this free alternative. MapServer is licensed under an MIT style license & runs on all major operating systems.
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PostGIS is an Open Source spatial database extender for PostgreSQL object-relational database. It enables both vector and raster geographic objects to be stored in the PostgreSQL database and provides a phenomenal amount of functions, operators, index bindings and types to manage your spatial data. Don’t let the $0 price tag fool you…it’s a fast, feature-plenty, and robust spatial database management system.  In addition to all this PostGIS offers many features that are rarely found in other competing spatial databases such as Oracle Locator/Spatial and SQL Server. Unlike some commercial equivalents PostGIS follows the OGC’s “Simple Features for SQL Specification” and has been certified as compliant with the “Types and Functions” profile. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPLv2) and runs on all major operating systems.

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MapProxy is a super fast tile server. It can read data from a number of sources such as WMS sources (1.0.0–1.3.0), TMS/WMTS sources, Mapserver & Mapnik servers & any TileCache, Google Maps or Bing servers. It can then cache the data on the filesystem and server it out in its original form or reproject it to another SRS, embed your watermark in the tiles and even merge it with other sources.

MapProxy is also a full compliant WMS server which means it will work with any WMS client (desktop and web). We can install and configure a full custom working MapProxy Server for your organisation. It’s fast, free and can make your WMS server up to 100 times faster…what are you waiting for!

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Esri ArcGIS for Desktop & Server

ArcGIS is the world’s leading mapping software and a complete system for designing and managing solutions through the application of geographic knowledge. We have worked closely with Esri Australia & their business partners for years and some of our staff are even former Esri Australia employees. We have formal training in many Esri products and coupled with years of experience in using both the Desktop and Server products we can set them up, customise them & use them to deliver the solution thats right for you.

ArcGIS for Desktop allows advanced analysis and geoprocessing, provides powerful editing tools, can assist in cartographic production of maps and allows unlimited sharing of data and maps.

ArcGIS for Server provides the tools needed to create, manage, and distribute GIS services, such as maps and GIS tools, over the Web to support desktop, mobile and web mapping applications.

Esri ArcPad/ArcGIS for Smartphones & Tablets

ArcPad is a mobile field mapping and data collection software package designed for GIS professionals that was originally developed in Australia. It provides advanced GIS and GPS capabilities for capturing, editing, and displaying geographic information quickly and efficiently. Critical data can be checked in and out of a multi-user or personal geodatabase and shared across your organisation. It fully integrates with ArcGIS for Desktop and Server. We can setup projects for mass data collection or provide staff you can use to implement your own data collection.

ArcGIS for Smartphones & Tablets helps to extend the reach of an Esri GIS to a wider audience than just desktop. It runs on Windows Phone and Apple iOS devices and allows users to navigate maps, collect and report data, and perform GIS analysis.