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Geographical Information Systems

Our Geographical Information System (GIS) and Data Management team provide mapping and data analysis services for planning and development projects.

We provide mapping and data management support at every stage of a project’s lifecycle. Our extensive experience across industry sectors includes offshore & onshore renewables, environmental and engineering projects, archaeology, land management, public rights of way, demography and traffic management.

The team has ready access to and an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of relevant datasets and data sources, including Ordnance Survey data, national and international designations, terrain data, and remote sensing.

We have an excellent track record of developing corporate and regional GIS solutions for river catchments, roads, urban planning, risk assessment, flood studies, drainage infrastructure and gas works. We convert data into valuable information which leads to vital decision support systems.

Our services include;

Spatial data capture, procurement and GIS project management

Constraints mapping for site search and appraisal

Multi-criteria analysis for site / route selection

Design and management of spatial decision support system and risk analysis

Large data processing and data automation tools though spatial modelling and analysis

Asset survey through High Accuracy Differential GPS and mobile units

Legal mapping and stakeholders databases

Spatial analysis and mapping for strategic environmental assessment

Spatial analysis and mapping for preparing plans for Development Consent Order applications

Cartography and data visualisation in support of public enquiry proof of evidence

Integration and interoperability of GIS data with other systems

Risk mapping and sensitivity analysis

Spatial information management for large environmental and engineering projects

Data validation and positional accuracy enhancement

3D visualisation, volume calculation and view-shed analysis

Case Studies

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

Shell E&P Ireland Ltd. (SEPIL)

The effective use of GIS by RPS was a key element in effectively communicating the project to members of the public and statutory bodies alike. GIS played an integral part in this multidisciplinary project to collate, manage, maintain and disseminate spatial information seamlessly.

The RPS GIS team was involved in the comprehensive spatial study of route selection and comparison of route corridors in the initial stages and subsequently supported the other disciplines in the following areas throughout the project life cycle:

Spatial data acquisition and management

Spatial analysis and mapping for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Wayleave mapping for the Compulsory Acquisition Order (CAO) application

Developed a robust landownership database which allowed prompt access to crucial details especially for the site staff

Demographic and proximity analysis of the proposed route to support the safety review

Spatial analysis and mapping for the offshore licence application for geotechnical investigation

Environmental ecological surveys using differential GPS

Prepared specification and contract documentation for the aerial survey of the site and supervised the data acquisition

GIS support during the Oral Hearing

Development of National Abstraction & Discharge Databases

Development of National Abstraction & Discharge Databases

Environmental Protection Agency

The objective of this project was to develop a national database of licenced and licensable discharges to waters and a national water abstraction database to support the characterisation of waterbodies for the 2nd Cycle of River Basin Management Planning.

The project involved two main tasks as follows:

Collate and review data from data owners including the EPA, the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, the 28 Local Authorities, the National Federation of Group Water Schemes, Irish Water and the Geological Survey of Ireland

Spatial location surveys of a portion of the Section 4 licenced discharge points and abstraction points in each of the 28 Local Authorities and also abstractions located at a portion of IPC/IE licensed installations/facilities.

For the verification surveys, RPS used Trimble GeoXH GPS units, which give sub-meter accuracy. Verification of the spatial locations of approximately 50% of the discharge points and approximately 25% of the abstraction points were undertaken and tagged with high locational confidence in the database. The spatial data is projected in the Irish National Grid coordinate system.

Irish Scottish Links on Energy Study - ISLES

Irish Scottish Links on Energy Study - ISLES

Governments of Ireland, Northern Ireland & Scotland

Offshore constraints mapping and spatial analysis for tidal, wind and wave resource assessment.

RPS was the lead consultant and contracted party on a study examining the feasibility of constructing an offshore trans-boundary electricity grid linking Ireland, Northern Ireland and the west coast of Scotland. The 18-month INTERREG IVA funded study examined the potential to connect wind, wave and tidal energy sites located across a large geographical area.

This project has required a dedicated Geographic Information Management effort to ensure that all streams of work and each sub-groups input is effectively managed. A comprehensive GIS database was developed by collating datasets from various agencies. The GIS team was involved in the spatial analysis and mapping during the resource assessment (Tidal, Wind and Wave) phase. The team produced the environmental constraints maps for individual disciplines and a composite map by combining and weighting all constraints.

Land-sea Intervisibility

Land-sea Intervisibility

South West Coast

Npower Atlantic Array

RPS determined seascape units along the section of England's South West coastline as part of the proposed Atlantic Array Offshore Windfarm's Seascape, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (SLVIA).

Computational viewshed analysis was run on raster data and this determined and how many land cells could be seen by each cell within the sea study area. Areas shown in yellow could see more land cells than areas shown in blue.

The cell values were divided into land visibility quartiles of low, low to medium, medium to high and high. Seascape splays incorporating the area of highest visibility were draw in order to define the seascape units.

The viewshed analysis was then run again using a 50 by 50m cells within the seascape unit in order to determine the highest levels of intervisibility between the land and the sea.

Marine Renewable Energy Strategic Framework

Marine Renewable Energy Strategic Framework

Welsh Government

RPS is providing GIS services for The Marine Renewable Energy Strategic Framework (MRESF) for Wales.

THE MRESF has been developed for the Welsh Government to help stakeholders gain an understanding of the resources available in Welsh Territorial Waters.

The project identifies theoretical resource areas for array deployment of renewable energy devices capable of harnessing wave or tidal stream energy. In addition, detailed GIS analysis has helped identify the environmental and socio-economic constraints likely to be encountered during the planning and consenting process. These range from nature designations and marine mammal populations to military activity and shipping lanes.

Using an interactive web-based GIS users are able to interrogate the constraints (presented as a colour-coded 250m grid), cross-reference this with resource information and also bring in their own data layers for reference. For more details please see the project website.

Offshore Wind Farm

Offshore Wind Farm

Various Locations


RPS completed a Planning and Environmental appraisal of onshore grid connection for Offshore Wind Farm Zones.

The objective was to identify and test the viability of onshore grid connection options from potential landfall to substation sites on the national grid. Shortlisted routes had to avoid constraints as far as possible, whilst minimising cable lengths.

RPS built a national database of environmental, physical and planning constraints.

An automated process was developed to generate optimal routes using a Least Cost Path analysis. Further programs were developed to provide statistics and mapping in a variety of formats for consultants to undertake assessments. RPS supplied E.ON with a shortlist of route options, and associated reports.