With today’s energy projects facing increasingly
difficult siting issues, understanding the technical constraints
a development may face can make the difference between a proposal’s
success and its failure. We use state-of-the-art GIS software to
build clear, informative maps that describe a site’s topography
and outline the challenges that a development may face. These maps
can be custom designed to show critical geographical features, such
as a site’s terrain and road access points, property boundaries
and nearby transmission lines. In addition to being useful for site
analysis and planning, our maps help support a transparent planning
process and facilitate community outreach by making a project comprehensible
to local planners and members of the community.
Maps are useful because they present information about topography
in a format that is both useful and widely recognized. Contour
maps are especially useful when enhanced with hillshade features
- Slope Maps help one understand how much area is actually
available for development on a site, and whether or not a site
may face substantial access and erosion issues.
- Aspect Maps help planners understand the exposure of
a site area. This can be helpful in anticipating issues related
to orientation, such as whether a potential site will be well situated to harness the prevailing winds or solar resources.
- Hillshade Maps are created by modeling the way a light
source, such as the sun, would illuminate a site area. Such maps
are useful when considering issues related to incident solar radiation,
such as where snow may accumulate on a roadway. They also greatly
enhance a map’s readability by intuitively conveying to
the viewer an understanding of the topography.
- Viewshed Maps represent an object’s expected Zone
of Visual Impact (ZVI). Knowing where a project can be seen from
helps planners and site designers address visual impact concerns
early on, and gives them a framework in which they can minimize
the effects on the community.
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