GeoSpatial Systems

WSP's GeoSpatial Systems (GSS) team has an extensive and successful track record in providing GIS expertise, consultancy and services to a range of clients and disciplines. We are a part of WSP's Infrastructure Services business unit that provides design and operational management services to those private sector, public service organisations regulated by government in the water, energy, waste, rail and environmental sectors.

Spatial information lies at the core of many of the activities undertaken by our clients and we deliver data collection, data management, application development and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services to support our clients, enabling them to efficiently manage their data and improve business decision making, particularly to the civil engineering industry in planning for the built environment.

We are experienced in delivering Geospatial projects; from simple desktop studies to enterprise-wide web-solutions. Our team comprises GIS consultants, analysts, developers and technicians who have a wealth of knowledge in managing spatial data and developing the applications to consume it; whether this is through out-of-the-box ESRI software or through bespoke mobile, desktop or web solutions developed in-house. In our experience early adoption of GIS on large projects maximises the return on investment to the business and the probability of a successful outcome to the implementation.

Our knowledge and experience is evident in the best practices and standards we work to when delivering or managing GIS solutions.

View Capability Sheets and Case Studies for more information.

Spatial Data Management

Using ESRI's ArcGIS for Server and ArcSDE we have developed data management solutions to meet the needs of our public and private sector clients. Large-scale infrastructure projects often require the involvement of a number of different teams and disciplines that are often geographically disperse. Using enterprise GIS and effective spatial data management as the central hub through which information can flow and be accessed can improve the efficiency and success of a project.

Managing large amounts of data can be challenging, complex and time-consuming. Our experts are used to dealing with a variety of datasets and processing, simplifying and manipulating these to produce useable datasets as part of decision-making process. On our large infrastructure projects we regard the development of a data management strategy as essential.

Gss team is capable of bring data for numerous differnt project types into GIS

GIS Solutions

Web GIS allows our clients and teams to publish, discover and share geospatial information

One of the biggest challenges of GIS data management on a project is disseminating the right information to the right people at the right time. People consuming data at any one time can include the project team, the client, contractors, stakeholders and the public.

Web GIS provides a highly scalable framework for publishing spatial data to meet the needs of corporate intranets and the internet. Our web GIS services have allowed our clients and teams to publish, discover and share geospatial information. This helps make significant savings in decision-making and time and travel costs whilst reducing our impact on the environment.

Spatial analysis is successfully used to support and refine the activities of our technical specialists; for example to identify and delimit natural river catchment areas upstream of proposed discharge points and to predict likely habitats for certain bird and bat species in order to efficiently plan subsequent, more detailed investigations. Our Geotechnical Engineering division endorse the use of spatial analysis as instrumental to informing the planning of the preliminary and main ground investigations, particularly the scoping of investigations allowing areas of concern to be easily identified and targeted e.g. potentially weak soils, potentially unstable slopes; environmental hazards (contaminated and archaeologically or environmentally sensitive sites).

We use GIS and CAD technologies to capture, manipulate, analyse and present spatial data. We use a range of GIS and CAD systems – both industry-standard systems such as ArcGIS, MapInfo and AutoCAD, as well as specially developed in-house software, to add value to geographical investigation and analysis.

By designing bespoke mobile applications for site-based data capture we are able to work faster on site and by using GPS location information improve the accuracy of our data. This ultimately leads to a streamlined workflow, and the application of GIS technology is critical in saving precious time in meeting delivery deadlines.

Pinpoint PERCS

Pinpoint PERCS enables the recording of land, interest and consultation information via an intuitive, web-based front-end.

Pinpoint PERCS is WSP's, purpose-built, property information management system. Developed by the GeoSpatial Systems team using Microsoft .NET technologies, it enables the recording of land, interest and consultation information via an intuitive, web-based front-end.

Hosted on secure servers and accessible to our staff and our clients, Pinpoint PERCS guides the user through the process of acquiring ownership information, producing schedules, postal lists and statutory notices and managing the process of consulting with stakeholders from the initial stages through to the conclusion of a development.

In our experience using GIS technology alongside Pinpoint PERCS can provide a powerful tool for stakeholder engagement.

The Pinpoint PERCS system has been developed over an extended period and has a track record in supporting large infrastructure projects through statutory processes. There are in the order of 30 projects currently using the system, for example, PERCS was used to establish vesting orders for the 88km long A5 Western Transport Corridor as well as the Development Consent Order (DCO) for Thames Tideway Tunnel in which correspondence with over 40,000 parties was managed (the largest ever at the time of writing). We have also customised Pinpoint PERCS to reflect a Traffic Light Protocol (Red, Amber, Green, Purple and Blue) to highlight any issues or risks associated with health and safety, survey access and specific contact with landowners and interested parties on major schemes.

Recording of property, ownership and consultation information, including document management for communications issued and received is swift and easy. Actions can be allocated to project team members enabling the management of formal objection periods, whereby issues are categorised enabling the formulation of responses by discipline specialists.

Pinpoint PERCS integrates with datasets from the Royal Mail, Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and Companies House, ensuring consistency of data throughout and can be integrated with GIS to enable geographic visualisation of a variety of aspects of the land referencing and consultation exercise.

Pinpoint PERCS is accessible via any modern web browser connected to the Internet and continues to actively support many major schemes such as the HS2, A14, M4 and Crossrail projects in managing land owner and consultation information.

Screenshot from Pinpoint PERCS property information management system

Asset Management Systems

Asset management plays a key role in determining the operational performance and profitability of large organisations. GSS develops tailor-made applications for inventory, inspections and works management of highways assets, following full software development methodologies from requirements capture to design, development, implementation and training. Our portfolio includes drainage, vehicle restraints, signage, bridges and environmental management systems.

The Highways Agency's EnvIS (Environmental Information System) is defined in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) and contains a complex specification for the design and management of environmental elements such as landscape, nature conservation, archaeology, water and noise, to name but a few. GSS developed software that enables the capture and maintenance of environmental inventory data and associated datasets via a GIS front end whilst imposing the EnvIS standard. This application enables EM Highways, the incumbent contractor on Areas 1, 3 and 13 to regular submit environmental information to the Highways Agency.

Screenshot of Drainage management system created by the GSS team

3D Visualization

3D vizulaition of a scheme produced by the GSS team

Pre-visualization can play a critical role during the life of a project. GSS produces stunning, high quality 3D visualization material for design analysis, client liaison and public consultation events.

Our experienced team construct accurate 3D models using 3D Studio Max, from CAD designs, plans, sketches or photos. These models can be textured to reflect the material finish of completed structures. We produce basic 3D fly-through animations that are ideal for design evaluations to highly detailed final design animations that are more suited to consultation and promotional events.

Our 3D photomontages convey the impact of a new or modified structure as it will be seen in its planned environment. Our team can integrate the 3D models into site photographs to create accurate representations of alternative design option. Some projects benefit from interactive virtual environments that allow the user to navigate through a 3D representation of a design. We build 3D interactive applications that feature dynamically changing environments triggered by the user.

The Team

GeoSpatial Systems is a team of specialists in GIS, CAD, 3D Visualization and Software Development, based in 4 offices across the United Kingdom in London, Liverpool, Woking and Belfast. We are members of the British Computing Society (BCS), Royal Geographical Society (RGS), Association for Geographic Information (AGI) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Capability Sheets

Listed below are capability sheets providing further information about WSP's GeoSpatial systems team areas of expertise.

Case Studies

Listed below are case studies from projects successfully carried out by WSP's GeoSpatial systems team.

Land Referencing and Statutory Processes

For more information on Land Referencing and Statutory Processes


Gary Simpson, Service Line Director

+44 (0) 7836 281593

Marielle OLone, Principal GIS Consultant

+44 (0) 7971 333699

Hrvoje Ujlaki, Senior GIS Consultant

+44 (0) 20 7803 2731

Blake Byron, Senior Software Developer

+44 (0) 7919 057249