SHG EventKit

Modern geospatial workflows are hindered by fundamental issues of data discovery, portability between applications, and poor user experience. The massive growth in geospatial missions, applications, and datasets has exposed issues that existing software does not address.

A Spatial Data Infrasturcture (SDI) built for modern workflows must account for several new geospatial trends:

  • The rise of OpenStreetMap
  • Web service models of data management and delivery
  • Growth in devices and applications consuming geospatial
  • Non-expert consumers of geospatial
  • Explosion of new datasets
  • Cloud deployment and Edge operations
  • New formats and analytical approaches

EventKit solves these issues with an easy-to-use workflow where users define an area of interest, select from a custom set of predefined data web services, and create a single download (.zip) containing standalone geospatial data, cartography, and GIS application files. With a few clicks, a user gets access to an immediately usable GIS analytical environment, pre-populated with data and cartography. By automating and simplifying these data management processes, EventKit returns valuable time and energy to the user, allowing them to focus on the task at hand.

EventKit saves users time and avoids frustration by automating the discovery, formatting, and styling of geospatial data for use in an offline GIS or mobile application.

Sand Hill Geographic led the product development of EventKit from its inception in 2015 through two deployments on a Department of Defense network. Designed for a demanding customer, EventKit has undergone rigorous design, development, and security reviews. It is proven enterprise-grade software, built to be modular and adaptable to new workflows.

As the product vision behind EventKit, Sand Hill Geographic can help you envision how EventKit powers new or existing workflows, including the development of new features and deployment to your IT environment.

QGIS screenshot of EventKit data

Screenshot of an EventKit DataPack opened in the QGIS application. EventKit automatically creates the QGIS file, pre-populated with the selected data files and cartography. Shown here are OpenStreetMap data separated into GIS themes, various imagery sources, basemaps, and analysis-ready elevation data. EventKit also creates an ESRI ArcMap file, specific to your installed version, with identical cartography.

Key Features


  • Harvests geospatial data (imagery, terrain, basemaps, vectors) from any Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) or ESRI web service
  • Converts web services into interoperable standalone data formats (GeoPackage and GeoTiff)
  • Works with both internal enterprise data as well as external data services
  • Custom OpenStreetMap (OSM) export pipeline makes OSM data immediately usable in a GIS
  • Built in OpenStreetMap cartography (ported from the Humanitarian OSM layer)
  • Exports to both QGIS and ESRI ArcMap GIS application files
  • Native WGS84 Projection and reprojection capabilities
  • Extensible to support custom workflows, datasets, and cartography
  • Designed to support operations in disconnected, intermittent, and limited (DIL) network conditions

User Interface

  • Easy-to-use web application built with a focus on user experience
  • Responsive web application that works on any screen dimension (desktop, tablet, phone)
  • Integrated Pelias geocoder with support for mulitiple gazetteers, including custom imports, polygon results, MGRS coordinates
  • DataPack library
  • Advanced users and groups sharing model


  • Cloud native architecture
  • Built from open source components
  • Deployable on-premises, cloud, and field
  • Software supply chain analysis from Ion Channel