Tom Phillips + Associates employ an in-house Geospatial Analyst, Hannah Breshears, who uses GIS software to identify potential development issues in the early phases of a project, translate complex planning realities to our clients through visualisation of geospatial assets and manage large-scale project datasets.
We use the latest GIS-software, ArcGIS Pro, as an investigative tool in complement to the typical planning appraisal process in order address all manner of planning and development issues without resorting to time-intensive manual research. As a result, arguments made with geospatial models are grounded in traditional planning knowledge as well as ancillary consultant data, which combine to create a clear and concise visual register of development possibilities.
Our industry-specific GIS capabilities include:
- Data Visualisation incl. Planning, Landscape and Heritage Mapping
Description: Single issue feature maps for a proposed development site or area which showcase the relevant planning, landscape or heritage constraints or amenities for the site.
Example: Location of existing residential/hotel uses surrounding a potential development site.
- Development Feasibility and Risk Analysis
Description: Map-based analysis which flags potential development issues for a subject site based on regional/local planning policy, zoning and neighbouring uses, environmental constraints, heritage sites, and other constraints.
Example: Heritage or environmental constraints in vicinity of potential development site.
- Site Selection Surveys
Description: GIS-analysis and related briefing document which outlines the development potential of the subject site or area, based on pre-determined assessment criteria as agreed with the client.
Example: Identification and/or ranking of potential development sites along a transport corridor.
- Database Design and Management
Description: Database needs assessment and server development.
Example: Creation or management of a projects server to showcase past and ongoing works for internal reference.
Sample GIS queries:
|Query Type||Sample Data Types|
|What zoned land is available within 500m of an existing or proposed high quality transport route for development as tourist accommodation?||Irish Rail Routes
Existing and proposed LUAS Routes
Proposed Metro North Route
|What commercial sites should be excluded from development consideration due to significant environmental risk?||Natural Heritage Areas
Proposed Natural Heritage Areas
Special Protection Areas
Special Areas of Conservation
|Which housing sites are more desirable for development with regard to existing amenities?||Parks and Open Space
Schools and Universities
Places of Worship
Major Retail Centres
Pedestrian and Cycle Routes