Reproduced from Ordnance Survey digital map data © Crown copyright. All rights reserved, 2011. Licence number 0100031673

Reproduced from Ordnance Survey digital map data © Crown copyright. All rights reserved, 2011. Licence number 0100031673

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‘A Geographic Information System (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data and can be used for capturing, managing, analysing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information’ (ESRI, 2013).

GIS enables a user to visualise, analyse, interpret, and understand data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends the results of which can be displayed and easily shared in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

The GIS team at OPEN has over 10 years of GIS experience, working in both the public and private sectors, providing support across a number of disciplines from renewables to masterplanning and urban design. OPEN currently offers GIS support services to a range of clients from renewable energy developers, housing developers and architects to local authorities and statutory agencies, providing expertise in a number of key areas:

Geospatial Data Management: OPEN capture, store and manage numerous datasets in a variety of formats and from a number of sources, making it easy for our clients to access and use the geospatial data that they require.

Metadata Maintenance: At OPEN we understand the importance of data sharing and efficient metadata creation. Metadata makes spatial information more useful to all users by making it easier to document and locate datasets as well as assessing if the data is fit for purpose. OPEN has experience in the creation and maintenance of metadata which meets the relevant industry standard.

Cartography Cartographic design is an important part of the landscape architecture and urban design processes. The GIS team understand cartographic principles and the importance of designing maps that are visually pleasing while remaining clear and effective. The plans we produce are well suited to their display medium and speak effectively to their audience.

Spatial Analysis: GIS spatial analysis techniques are utilised at OPEN to add value to a number of landscape architecture, urban design and masterplan projects by allowing multiple data layers to be combined and queried, so the user can visualise and understand any trends, patterns or existing relationships quickly and easily. Such techniques include landform and slope analysis, viewshed analysis, network analysis, proximity, area and density calculations.

3D Analysis and Visualisation: At OPEN we understand the value of 3D visualisations to our clients. We have developed a number of 3D models which integrate landform data, aerial imagery and 3D infrastructure. These models help clients to visualise a new development and assess its visual impact on the surrounding environment. The 3D models are created using a combination of software products which include: ESRI ArcScene, ESRI ArcGlobe, Google SketchUp, Autodesk Autocad, Visual Nature Studio and 43D Topos.