Sept 1, 2017
Refractions Research is currently in its 20th year of business! Founded in 1998, Refractions has evolved tremendously during the past two decades. The technologies we use are rapidly changing, and our client base has grown from local government and local corporations to federal governments and global organizations.
We look forward to continuing to evolve with new technologies and new projects. A big thank you to all of our clients and staff who have made the past two decades so rewarding!
July 1, 2017
The 2.3.3 release of PostGIS is now available.
Click the link above for a full list of changes, upgrade details, etc.
We are the Geospatial Experts
We have been building software systems that add geographic intelligence to enterprise business processes since 1998. We have expertise in Java, PostGIS, FME, ESRI, Oracle Spatial and more. We can build custom software systems integrating proprietary and open source components into innovative and cost-effective solutions to our clients' problems.
We keep on top of the latest changes in enterprise spatial and web mapping technologies. Technologies from Google (Maps, Earth and KML), ESRI (ArcGIS), and Oracle (IAS, Spatial, Designer, Database) are key components in the solutions we build.
We are not a vendor, and we recommend solutions that make the best use of your existing physical intellectual capital. A Refractions solution is technically sound, economically feasible, and long-term maintainable.
Open Source Experts
Refractions Research is a world leader in open source geospatial technology. We develop the PostGIS spatial database and the uDig GIS desktop framework, and are active participants in many other open source projects.
By using open source components, we can build geospatial systems that are flexible and inexpensive to deploy. Our clients like open source because it keeps costs down. We like open source because it gives us the freedom to innovate and build the best possible solutions.
The SMART partnership supports improved law enforcement and biological monitoring in protected areas around the world. They came to Refractions to build a software tool to help meet their needs.
Biodiversity BC and its government and non-government partners were looking for regional-level environmental statistics. Refractions proposed a new approach to generating GIS summaries, using the power of a relational database and web tools to provide GIS analysis to users who previously had no access to it.
The City of Vancouver collects water readings from thousands of residences and businesses, but has never optimized the pedestrian routes the readers take. Refractions developed algorithms to create the most efficient routes of the correct length for readers.