A Geographical Information System (GIS) is one that permits the capture, manipulation, storing, checking, analysis, integration and display of spatial information. It is capable of geographically referencing information that originates from a variety of sources and formats.

GIS becomes a powerful analytical tool where data that is related geographically can be analysed, modelled and graphically displayed.

At Atkins, our geospatial team specialises in the capture and use of spatial data, and in the design and implementation of geographic information systems (GIS).

Spatial data is fundamental to the success of projects right across the private and public sectors, underpinning a wide range of activities, from sustainable development and conservation, environmental monitoring and assessment, to infrastructure planning and implementation.

Atkins services encompass the entire data life cycle. We interpret data from aerial photography, digitise information from existing maps and plans and collect data in the field. We manage the data, conduct data processing and informed analysis and map or model the data for visualisation.

Atkins offers geospatial services which fuse the unique skills of our advanced mapping specialists with that of our engineers, architects, ecologists and environmental consultants.

In addition to providing a range of traditional mapping services, we offer an extensive capability in visualisation, collaborative spatial data management and site selection.

In particular, we can offer technology and data analysis skills that deliver significant efficiency savings across the project.

Our skills include:

– Environmental and ecological constraints mapping, including habitat mapping, land use, planning etc.
– Landscape sensitivity and collision risk assessment for birds
– Rapid site selection and assessment for roads and windfarms using GIS technology
– Design of habitat compensation measures
– Planning, landscape and heritage mapping
– Feasibility studies
– Infrastructure route analysis
– Demographic and socio-economic impact analysis and mapping
– Data capture & maintenance and management
– Spatial analysis including risk analysis
– Lidar interpretation & analysis
– Data modelling including DEMs and DTMs
– Data visualisation
– GIS optimisation

These specific skills are further supported through the provision of a wide breath and depth of related geospatial services including:

– Research and consultancy
– Database design, development, data input and management
– Surveying and mobile data capture
– Data cleansing and maintenance
– Data conversion, integration and interoperability
– Spatial data analysis and modelling
– Orthophotography and Lidar interpretation
– Geocoding
– Cartographic services

Representative Experience:

Atkins has experience of using GIS on a number of different projects and to varying degrees. Recent projects which utilised GIS included:

– Cork Habitat Mapping Project 2010
– County Meath Tree, Woodland and Hedgerow Survey 2010
– Best Practice Guidance for Habitat Survey & Mapping
– High Nature Value Farmland case studies
– The evaluation of mussel & oyster cultivation on intertidal birds
– Ecological Assessment of windfarms in Co. Donegal
– Habitat compensation measure for Cavan Relief Road.
– N7 Road Scheme
– Appropriate Assessment at river flood works in County Galway
– Big Isle Land Use Study, Co. Donegal
– Sugar Loaf Mountain Assessment, Co. Wicklow