South Ayrshire increases public engagement in planning

Innovative use of Story Maps led to South Ayrshire Council winning an Esri UK Customer Success Award this year, in the Tell Your Story Using a Map category. Murray Roden, Esri UK Customer Success Manager, examines how the council transformed the online presentation of its Local Development Plan, generating more public views than ever before.

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PBA reduces risk and improves efficiency in multi-disciplinary projects

Leading development and infrastructure consultancy Peter Brett Associates (PBA) has recently enhanced its use of GIS to help improve collaboration between its multi-disciplinary teams.   Employees can now share an understanding of the many diverse factors involved in successful development and infrastructure schemes, reducing project risk and increasing efficiency. 

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Black & Veatch surveys 30,000 assets in just 6 weeks

Working on behalf of UK Power Networks, the integrated consulting and construction business Black & Veatch has succeeded in surveying a massive portfolio of 30,000 cable pits, in just six weeks, using Esri’s mobile GIS.  This highly efficient project has not only saved months of effort, but also resulted in better quality data and a cost saving of over £130,000.  

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Westminster City Council maximises value for money with new approach to waste services procurement

A local authority in central London has made innovative use of GIS to help ensure that new tenders for its £225 million waste disposal contracts offer the best possible value for money.  By using Esri’s ArcGIS Online for this project, in place of an outside consulting firm, the council saved in excess of £20,000.

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Ofcom decides the future of Superfast Broadband

Ofcom is expected to make an announcement on the BT / Openreach potential split by the end of March 2016. The regulator must decide whether to break up BT - a decision that could catapult the UK's fibre infrastructure to be truly competitive on the world stage. 

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Making sense of The Internet of Things - why understanding location is critical to success

The Internet of things (IoT) is the name given to the technology that enables internet connected devices or sensors to collect and exchange data with other connected devices, sensor or mechanisms. 

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Fugro steers clients towards successful off-shore developments

Operating in over 70 countries, Fugro is the world’s leading independent provider of
services for organisations involved in designing, building and operating large industrial
installations at sea, such as wind farms or oil rigs. The company has used ArcGIS to develop
an automated tool that categorises areas of seabed as ‘no go’, ‘high risk’, ‘moderate risk’ or ‘low risk’, according to their development potential. 

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Jaguar Land Rover drives innovation in global automotive manufacturing

Such is the popularity and quality of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles that they are sold in
172 countries around the globe. Designers at Jaguar Land Rover therefore have to ensure that any amendments to vehicle designs and planned new models are engineered appropriately, so that they can be driven in diverse environments, ranging from the deserts of Saudi Arabia to the frozen wastelands of Siberia and the treacherous mountain passes of the Himalayas.

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Willis gains real-time insight into flooding disaster

When devastating floods swept across Central Europe, the international insurance broker Willis Group Holdings plc (Willis) used Esri’s ArcGIS Collector App to gain detailed, real-time insight into the impacts of the disaster. The company could then provide well-informed advice to its customers and strengthen its reputation as an expert on flood risk.

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Indulge your #selfie in a viral campaign that gets your brand at the top of everyone's Christmas list.

Indulge your #selfie in a viral campaign that gets your brand at the top of everyone's Christmas list.

Selfie campaigns are a great way to engage an audience and promote a certain product or brand. The key is to create a selfie campaign that isn’t hugely complicated, but fun and easy to do. Since selfie sticks make the ultimate stocking filler, surely we need some cool campaigns to capitalise on them?!

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Are you looking to manage your Smart Meter roll out as efficiently as possible?

Are you looking to manage your Smart Meter roll out as efficiently as possible?

Location has a critical role to play in your Smart Meter roll out. For example, you will want to prioritise areas which are most likely to result in a successful roll out, taking into account factors from property type and age to customer preferences and transport infrastructure. You’ll need to factor in where there are low income or vulnerable households and there will be a number of regulatory obligations that must be met. Once you have identified the priority areas you’ll need to route your engineers effectively to complete the work...

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How can Housing Associations realise strategic goals with GIS?

How can Housing Associations realise strategic goals with GIS?

There is a lot of talk about how a Geographic Intelligence System (GIS) can enable housing associations to improve tenant services, boost efficiency and streamline asset management – as well as meeting regulatory requirements.

If you’re starting out with GIS in housing or thinking about extending your use of this technology then the question has to be how easy is it to get started and ultimately how easy is it to realise your strategic goals for a successful roll out?

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Are you looking to improve your relationship with your customers?

The key to outstanding customer care for a utility is integrated information. Since so much of what matters to customers relates to location, integrated spatial information is critical – and this is where GIS is an essential technology.

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Westminster City Council plans strategically for population growth

Westminster City Council plans strategically for population growth

Faced with a significant projected increase in the number of children within its borough, Westminster City Council used GIS to help it visualise the likely future demand for school places over a 20-year period.  The insight that it gained helped it to plan strategically and locate three new schools in priority areas.  

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