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Geographical Information Systems

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

The team has in-depth knowledge of a wide range of datasets and data sources, including Ordnance Survey, designated sites, environmental constraints, terrain data, and remote sensing. They have advanced skills to synthesise disparate datasets into a coherent, understandable and most importantly usable decision support system for end users via a combination of data management, visualisation and curation processes.

The team has extensive experience across environmental and engineering projects, archaeology, land management, public rights of way, demography and traffic management. They have developed GIS solutions for river catchments, roads, urban planning, risk assessment, flood studies, onshore and offshore renewables, water, drainage, land information and gas infrastructure.

Our services include:

Spatial data capture, procurement and project management

Constraints mapping for site search and appraisal

Multi-criteria analysis

Spatial decision support systems and risk analysis

Asset survey through GPS/DGPS

Risk mapping and sensitivity analysis

Data validation and positional accuracy enhancement

Case Studies

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline



Our GIS team was involved in the comprehensive spatial study of route selection and comparison of route corridors in the initial stages of this key infrastructure project. 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. As the project developed, our GIS team supported other disciplines throughout the project lifecycle, including:

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



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:

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.

Opportunity & Constraints Mapping – Offshore Renewable Energy



RPS was appointed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) to provide expert support to the Offshore Renewable Energy Steering Group (ORESG) for the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP).

One of the main studies undertaken by RPS during this appointment was the production of an Opportunity and Constraints Mapping Study for the deployment of offshore renewable energy in Ireland. This involved working closely with SEAI, DCCAE, the Marine Institute and various government departments and agencies to develop an adaptive GIS spatial modelling tool. This model allowed the creation of maps indicating areas suitable for offshore renewable energy development, taking into consideration other legitimate users of the sea in terms of environmental, industry and socio-cultural interests.

The GIS spatial model was used to interpret the dataset criteria and produce several maps detailing areas with potential for offshore renewable energy development. The adaptive modelling tool allows users to change and alter the relative influence values applied to dataset criteria based on the type of renewable energy device technology that is being considered, as well as offering the ability to add additional dataset criteria to the analysis. The modelling tool’s flexibility and adaptability gives decision-makers the ability to actively use the model, edit criteria and adapt to changes. This creates inherently dynamic sector experiences in terms of data availability, policy and regulatory objectives, specific device technologies, public perception and industry requirements.

The study ultimately presented spatial mapping outputs of an adaptable model that can be used in the process of designating zones suitable for development. The mapping outputs showed areas of high and low constraint for development and will help inform the process of designating zones suitable for offshore renewable energy development in Ireland.