GeoTime: Crisis Mapping Analysis in 3D

I just came across GeoTime, a very neat GIS platform for network analyis in time and space. GeoTime is developed by a company called Oculus and does a great job in presenting an appealing 3D visual interface for the temporal analysis of geo-referenced data. The platform integrates timeline comparisons, chart statistics and network analysis tools to support decision making. GeoTime also includes plug-ins for Excel and ArcGIS.


GeoTime includes a number of important functionalities including:

  • Movement trails: to display the history and behavior as paths in space-time;
  • Animation: to play back sequences and see how events unfold. Both the direction and speed of the animation can be adjusted.
  • Pattern recognition: to automatically identify key behaviors.
  • Annotate and Sketch: to add notes directly in the scene and save views as reports.
  • Fast Maps: to automatically adjust level of detail.
  • Interactive Chain and Network Analysis: to identify related events.


Below is an excerpt of a video demo of GeoTime which is well worth watching to get a sense of how these functionalities come into play:

The demo above uses hurricane data to highlight GeoTime’s integrated functionalities. But the application can be used to analyze a wide range of data such as crime incidents to identify patterns in space and time. A demo for that is avaiable here.


My interest in GeoTime stems from it’s potential application to analyzing conflict datasets. Problem is, the platform will set you back a cool $3,925. They do have a university rate of $1,675 but what’s missing is a rate for humanitarian NGOs or even a limited trial version.

Patrick Philippe Meier

9 responses to “GeoTime: Crisis Mapping Analysis in 3D

  1. Update: just got word from GeoTime that they do have a program for NGOs but they deal with each one individually, which is why they don’t have pricing listed on the website.

  2. Thanks for checking out GeoTime Patrick. What are you working on with crime mapping? We have several customers with whom you may want to connect.

  3. Jamie Lundine

    The software triggered a memory of this website:

    Although not a mapping tool, the site shows an array of different ideas about visualizing complex systems.

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