Use of online mapping technology has boosted communication and collaboration between the contracting joint venture working on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), according to developer Think Where.
Providing online access to multiple layers of live project maps and geographical data, Think Where has said that its Ground Mapper software is an easy to use tool for a diverse and dispersed workforce.
“Due to the extensive area affected by the project and the vast array of datasets available, we needed a solution that would allow us to effectively access, share and communicate geographically referenced information in real time,” said AWPR construction joint venture environmental manager Angela Gardner.
Ground Mapper is an online geographical information system (GIS) viewer that brings together location based data. Described by the project team “Google Maps for the AWPR”, the system allows users to search for and view multiple datasets.
Hosted on a dedicated website, data accessible via the software includes aerial photographs, private water supplies, ecological features, blasting areas and site office locations, for example, all overlaid on the basic route layout. Users can search the online datasets by postcode, drawing sheet reference, chainage or structure and then quickly get an overview of all features within the vicinity.
“Using the tool we can instantly access the most up to date constraint data and we have dramatically reduced the need to produce costly and time consuming paper maps, and the associated paper waste,” said Gardner. “Additional functionality such as the bookmarking tool, annotation and map management functions, combined with its easy online accessibility and integrated base maps, has made Ground Mapper one the key management tools for this project.”