The role and value of geospatial data in our everyday lives was given a PR boost like no other during the pandemic.

The story of how the virus was spreading was told to us through the data captured daily out in the field and made meaningful and accessible through maps and charts flashed up in daily news bulletins.

In the AEC sector, geospatial data – data that contains information about a physical object that has a size, shape and location on earth and is represented in a geographic co-ordinate system – is increasingly regarded as a must-have ‘tool’ to aid the planning, construction and maintenance of major assets and infrastructure.

And effective management and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enables that data to be modelled, mapped, visualised and shared with those who need it.

With GIS expertise on board, design and construction teams are helped to answer pressing questions, identify trends and patterns, support decision making, make predictions, better understand their assets and drive forward their projects.

Happy GIS day!

Today is GIS day – a day in which organisations and individuals across the globe come together to celebrate the power of GIS and help us to better understand its real-world applications

At PCSG, we’ve been marking this event through a series of presentations to our wider business by our Geospatial Intelligence team.

The team, led by Chris Balmbra – who has acted as GIS Lead across a number of major infrastructure projects including the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme – and Matt Margiotta, has been demonstrating how we use our GIS capability to support our clients.

Our work, supporting across the asset lifecycle for both public and private sector clients, includes:

  • Verifying and validating data to enable easy and effective analysis & interrogation of it
  • Ensuring data schema consistency
  • Helping organisations to visualise their data – to make better sense of it and to support decision-aking.
  • Ensuring the quality of the data that is being used – is it reliable and current?
  • Providing extra context and depth to the data through the provision of alternative, open-source data
  • Management of GIS inhouse servers
Helping HS2 to make sense of its data

Our geospatial team has been supporting Europe’s largest infrastructure project to integrate GIS asset data into its ‘Visualisation Hub’ – the web-based platform which brings together, in one place, the vast volume of data being managed and procured on the rail programme.

The hub – itself developed by PCSG – enables HS2’s design and construction teams to search for an asset, identify its precise location, see graphical representations of it and all the documentation related to it.

Chris and his team are also supporting National Highways with the use of GIS to support delivery and management of its smart motorways.

Our work has included converting data provided in a variety of formats into a consistent format and presenting it in a clear and accessible way within the group’s Business Information Framework (BIF) – the data environment where its teams can access shared, trusted and verified data to support decision making and collaborative problem-solving.

We also work with many private sector clients, – processing and extracting data and uploading it to a common shared data environment to support efficient and effective delivery of their capital projects and asset maintenance.

For further information on how we support organisations and projects to use geospatial data to support efficient, effective delivery and management of assets please contact