The best results are obtained when a GIS is used to combine remote sensing data with local knowledge and accurate information about soil conditions and ground water, before planning precisely where, or where not, to take action on improvement measures.
Scanning technology can also be of use in evaluating and monitoring buildings, bridges and earth banks that may be at risk from subsidence, erosion, or structural defects. Firms that integrate surveys with mapping, architecture, and masterplanning have a distinct advantage when it comes to looking after old assets and visualising new opportunities.
Land owners considering planning applications need information on the environment beyond their boundary; this information can be freely available, but often attracts a charge and may not be sufficiently detailed. There are questions of scale and resolution governing the clarity of the information, while traditional political mapping is no longer the reliable indicator that it once was of likely local opinion on sensitive topics such as fracking or housing development. Experience in finding, then analysing, the right information to support the right decision, is key.
Combining electronically-held socio-economic distributions with additional information, such as access to transport and utilities, neatly describes the need for, and viability of, a development or the potential catchment for a new utility provider.
Carter Jonas offers a fully integrated spatial information service that harnesses accurate GPS surveys and a state-of-the art GIS enterprise to deliver powerful planning and decision-making tools in an accessible format. The substantial expansion of our services has an operational focus that allows clients to access a national service with the responsiveness expected from a more local agent.