How to capitalise on GIS’s capabilities to enhance ecological protection practice, enforcement and stakeholder engagement

The photo above: ANewR Consulting Limited is a member of ESRI Partner Network (https://www.esri.com/partners/anewr-consulting-ltd-a2T5x000008DjMVEA0)

We are happy to be a member of the ESRI Partner Network. As a reputable geographic information system (GIS) technology provider, ESRI has participated in worldwide climate crisis projects by providing a GIS application.

ANewR, as an environmental consultant, has capitalised on GIS’s capabilities in visualisation, mapping, and assessment projects, aiming to enhance ecological protection practice, enforcement and stakeholder engagement.

That’s the way how we apply GIS:

  1. Tree mapping – to manage the tree record for preservation, conservation, and maintenance purpose
  2. 3-dimensional Environmental Impact Assessment (3D EIA) – to visualise the technical, environmental assessment result
  3. Environmental Monitoring and Audit (EM&A) – to manage the project scope within the project area
  4. Construction Noise Permit (CNP) application – to facilitate e-governance and stakeholder application
  5. Cave automatic virtual environment (CAVE) – to visualise and immerse the project scene 
  6. Noise map – to visualise the road noise model of an assessment to facilitate stakeholder inquiry

All of the above GIS track records are about data sharing. Why do we share? We share for public access, customer access and internal team access. Information accessibility is sometimes required for the project. Organisations that employ data sharing solutions could often gain a competitive advantage through a more reliable operation and maintenance.

In environmental terms, the practical usage of GIS in a project to share the GIS map showing the project location associated with any potential impacts. Project is an umbrella consisting of various subsidiaries for implementation. An environmental assessment would include an ecological study that the project proponent and subcontractors would collect additional data to complete the task. Often, the project is on a long-term basis. In this case, two-way collaboration is necessary, and mutual trust must be built by connecting parties through a single organisation. GIS here would support top-level business connections and outline the collaborative workflow.

The project, especially the infrastructure project, is complex in the organisation involving different parties of diverse backgrounds. A user-friendly platform – no coding or scripting – is essential for communications and collaboration. The simplicity creates a good hub for every project proponent to work on transparency without myth. The simple collaborative platform aids the project proponents in realising the collaboration capabilities. Every project proponent could plan with clear goals identification. The project architecture is therefore designed and drawn out. It becomes easier to test the collaboration and periodically revisit the goals and architecture. And, these are what the GIS platform could offer.

Bear in mind that information loss is another significant matter causing the mismanagement of a project. Project proponents could lose data and information through the whole infrastructure life cycle, from planning, data collection, analysis, design, construct, as-built, to operate. The GIS is critical to ensure smooth processing. Below are examples suggested by ESRI of how to incorporate GIS into daily operations.

Photo above (from ESRI): how to incorporate GIS into daily operations.

Learn more with us about the GIS application for your projects.

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
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