Geographic Information Systems

GIS provides planners, surveyors, and engineers with the tools they need to design and map for urban development, route surveys, and renewable energy projects. Visualization, spatial analysis, and spatial modeling are the most frequently used GIS functions in plan making. GIS can help to store, manipulate, and analyze physical, social, and economic data. Planners and developers can then use the spatial query and mapping functions of GIS to analyze the existing situations.

Through map overlay analysis, GIS can help to identify areas of conflict of land development with the environment by overlaying existing features. There are many other areas of importance that GIS mapping can add as an asset to help developers and planners while they are conducting feasibility studies of a location for a specific purpose that makes GIS a valuable planning tool.

Geographic information systems (GIS) are designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data. Combined with this data is usually tabular data known as attribute data. Attribute data can be generally defined as additional information about each of the spatial features.

Blew has a robust GIS department dedicated to renewable energy, utility designers, corridor planners, and land developers. We understand the GIS-based site constraint mapping that is required to site turbines and design for solar farms, proposed corridor projects such as pipeline and power transmission design, and in urban development planning. In addition, we import data sets that address floodplains, environmental study information, public utility data, and topographical information. We also can create attributes within the GIS mapping that identifies landowner information and we can address encumbrances in the mapping that may identify easements and utilities affecting the project development. Our base mapping is geo-referenced by information available at the time of creating the drawings and we have a system in place that addresses utility crossings and can create a preliminary crossing matrix if requested.

Our strategy is to provide renewable developers, utilities, and land planners with the most comprehensive assessment of information available that streamlines the planning process to support the fatal flaw analysis to evaluate if a project is worth pursuing into a successful endeavor.