More often than we not have multiple teams working on the same project, meaning we need to be able to collaborate and talk to each other in one voice that can subsequently be presented in a digestible format to the client. We needed to uncover a way of doing this, ensuring the company remained at the forefront of engineering technology whilst working in the most efficient and safest manner possible.The answer was implementing a Geographical Information System (GIS). A system where data, mainly spatial or geographical, are collected,stored, shared, managed and analysed. Thesoftware allows the data to be graphically displayed, modified, analysed and/or queried and the hardware allows the data to be processed. The latter can either be a powerful computer, tablet or a mobile phone

But what is GIS and why is it innovative?

GIS allows different levels of information and data to come together seamlessly, providing some absolute tangible outputs. For example, we can overlay one electronic map over another set of data to establish a visual display of an area designated to work on. By using GIS, we can display variations of data from different areas of the business on one single map for all teams to use. We can build visual frameworks of client requirements and use GIS software to determine appropriate actions needed to deliver projects and designs.

The impact

We are enabling ourselves to see the bigger picture. Put in real terms we can use photos, points of interest on a site and any other relevant information which can be fed back into the office, so that everyone is receiving the same updates of the same data through the same system – GIS. Because of its effectiveness it is critical to note that it has saved teams time and money and enabled the business to further deliver on time and to budget.

Safety

But we’re not just about data; our people are the lifeblood of our company. We work hard to ensure that we are safe when we’re out on site and we strive to ensure any hazards are identified, so injuries are avoided. This understandably is a very labour-intensive process. GIS has already helped us on this journey, mitigating risk by identifying hazards, access points and buried services, to help plan a safe site visit for our staff and everyone involved on the project.

The Future

The future of technology is constantly changing, and we’re living in a world where we must all evolve andadapt to innovation and disruption. Most notably for TSP Projects is the demand to grow and ensure our clients receive the best technical results from us. What you might not know about the technology GIS is that it isn’t just an engineering tool; if you’ve ever used Google Maps to help you plan a route, or used Right Move to search for a property, then you’ve used a form of GIS.  GIS has already proved its capability and worth to our company and we strongly believe it will have a huge role to play in the future for our clients.