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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful tool that provides the ability to gather, manage and analyse spatial data. By utilising location information, organising information into layers and visualising information on a map, we are able to identify patterns and relationships that are otherwise unclear.

Out team utilises GIS across all areas of the business by incorporating spatial analysis and map production into our projects. GIS can help visualise data and solve complex problems across a wide range of industries including:

  • Land use planning
  • Catchment scale water use and management
  • Horticulture industry development
  • Agriculture industry strategic planning
  • Planning and evaluation of natural resource management.

We have the skills to analyse spatial data; produce high quality maps in print, digital and online interactive formats; and develop, verify and maintain spatial datasets. RMCG and our Tasmanian team also have the capacity to provide project support in mapping to other consultancy firms who wish to outsource the mapping component of their projects, with QGIS being our preferred GIS platform.

Using data in a spatial form adds significant value and clarity to the story being told. We are able to display data such as ABS Census data in a meaningful way that is easy to understand. We can utilise spatial data to analyse risk, allowing us to identify locations that have a higher risk factor based on the likelihood and consequence of a potential threat occurring. We can also produce high quality maps that add a valuable visual element to the data analysis and narrative.

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An example of a GIS map of Ecological Vegetation Classes in Victoria. 
Our GIS offering
  • Property maps: We can produce the maps required for all the services we provide. We can also produce maps as required by clients, for example farm layouts or concept plans showing paddocks, pivots, infrastructure, etc.
  • GIS constraints model: We have developed a GIS model for determining land that is constrained for agricultural use. The outputs of the model assist in determining appropriate zoning boundaries.
  • Crop suitability model: Our Tasmanian team developed industry specific models to determine suitability of land for particular developments, for example a vineyard suitability model identifies land in the West Tamar Municipality that is suitable for vineyard development. These models pre-date the State Government’s Enterprise Suitability models and include input from industry specialists. They are designed to be used in conjunction with other tools such as Constraints Analysis and Enterprise Scale to assist with determining agricultural potential of land which is sought after for alternative use such as residential purposes.
  • Geo-referenced mapping: We can produce geo-referenced maps compatible with software such as Avenza Maps, which is free to download and install on smartphones or tablets. Georeferenced maps provide location in the field and can be used for ground truthing the location of a new dam, fenceline, etc.
  • Training in using field based applications: We provide training in the use of georeferenced maps for field based applications.

 

Click here for more information on how GIS has been used to support RMCG’s recent projects.

Team

Kelly Ross

Kelly Ross

Consultant

B.Env.Sc., B.Soc.Sc. (Env.), M.App.Sc. (GIS)

Kelly has recently joined RMCG as a Project Officer – GIS and Cartography. She is a specialist in the preparation of maps to support consultants working in a wide range of fields including land use planning, natural resource and water management, agriculture and regional development.

During her previous employment at Rapid Map Services Kelly used specialised programs to develop, verify and maintain spatial data sets for local councils throughout Australia. These data sets included parks and open space assets, storm water drainage, signage and footpath surveys. Kelly also worked with Zoos Victoria to help develop and maintain a GIS data set at three different zoo locations. This enabled Zoo’s Victoria develop and better manage their GIS data so they were able to understand how many assets they have and how to manage them more efficiently.

Duncan Wallis

Duncan Wallis

Associate

BEng (Ag), MEng (Env), CPEng.

Duncan is a Chartered Engineer with 25 years’ experience in environmental, irrigation, agricultural, drinking water, domestic wastewater, sewerage, trade waste, recycled water and catchment management engineering in the public and private sectors.

He specialises in water related infrastructure planning and investigations and uses skills and tools such as GIS mapping, spatial data analysis and network analysis to develop practical solutions to complex problems and uses the ‘power’ of spatial data analysis to convey information effectively.

He can communicate technical concepts in non-technical forums and has experience consulting and working with farmers and landholders, government departments and wider community on route planning for pipelines and shared trails including rail trails. He has recently prepared successful EPA works approval applications for major food processing companies and expert witness statements in agricultural settings.

Duncan is currently involved in Australian Water and Wastewater’s mentor program and reviews articles for their Water Journal. He previously helped run the Institute of Engineers’ EngQuest regional program for students.

Steph McNulty

Steph McNulty

Consultant

M.Env., B.Sci. (Marine Biology)

Steph has ten years’ experience working in environmental management. Key areas of knowledge include general ecology and environmental policy. She has specific skills in GIS analysis, project management and stakeholder consultation. Steph’s work has focused on the delivery of balanced, practical and effective environmental interventions.

Suzanne Pollock

Suzanne Pollock

Consultant

B.App.Sci. (Env.Mgt.)

Suzanne has had experience across a wide variety of projects, from loss assessment to town drainage studies and has experience in data collection, soil analysis, irrigation management, land capability studies, GIS mapping and groundwater analysis.

Michael Tempest

Michael Tempest

Senior Consultant

B Env

Michael is involved with projects relating to land use planning and environmental assessment and monitoring, including effluent reuse. He is also an Accredited Bushfire Hazard Practitioner.

Samantha Gadsby

Samantha Gadsby

Senior Consultant

BSc, M Env Man.

Samantha specialises in water resources and delivers services in natural values and development approvals. Samantha’s main work at the moment is delivering a dam safety audit project for Taswater.