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Deliver better data for ecological surveys

Major development projects often need to undertake detailed Environmental Impact Assessments as part of the planning process which incorporate Ecological Impact Assessments of how the development will affect biodiversity and habitats. This typically involves multiple contractors submitting data from surveys in different formats that can be difficult to verify and analyse. Our Ecology Survey solution gives you the power to instantly verify the quality, completeness, and reliability of your ecological survey data before you deliver it to your customer, therefore avoiding the cost and effort of re-surveys. The solution streamlines the data delivery from your staff and contractors, whilst our data agnostic technology gives you the confidence that your survey data is verified, no matter the format.

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Key Benefits

Ecological Surveys are performed as part of the planning, design, build, and operation phases of an infrastructure asset’s lifecycle.

They are usually performed by multiple contractor organisations and teams working at different tiers within a complex project supply chain and can be prone to data errors caused by the variety of tools, systems, and processes used to complete the work.

The risk to the client owner, operator or build organisation is that the data captured during the surveys by different organisations is of a low or variable quality, making it unreliable.

The impacts of this low or variable quality data include:

  • Corporately reported information such sustainability and operations are often incorrect.
  • The integration of data from the supply chain of survey organisations becomes slow and costly, requiring manual intervention.
  • Data is returned to the supply chain for resurvey, causing delays, extra costs and reputational damage.

Our solution uses a rules-based approach to automatically check the quality of your data at source and highlight errors and issues before data is passed along the supply chain. This governance at the source of data submission, ensures the data you receive from all your suppliers is complete, consistent, and can be trusted.

Suppliers do not intentionally send incomplete or inaccurate data, but it can be difficult to assess the quality of the data at the point of survey capture using traditional methods

Using our rules-based solution, powered by 1Integratesurveyors themselves can validate and correct any issues relating to the data’s completeness and quality before it is submitted. This helps to mitigate the possibility of inaccurate and unreliable datasets being sent along the supply chain

Inconsistencies occur when receiving multiple datasets from multiple suppliers that collect their data using different methods. This becomes increasingly complex across a large project, making it difficult to collate data and trust it as evidence for informing decision making.

Our solution ensures that you receive data that is complete and consistent. By collecting it through one central portal and validating it at the point of entry you can be confident your data is reliable.

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The Challenge

Environmental Impact Assessments provide key information into the planning process so that appraisals can be made of the potential harm that might result from a development. Within these, high-quality ecological information is critically important for demonstrating a development's compliance with the numerous rules, laws, and obligations regarding the project’s ecological impact.

Ecological surveys create huge amounts of data for use as the evidence-base. But there are surprisingly few common standards for recording, processing, checking, assuring, and then publishing and delivering the data captured by ecological surveys. Add to the mix additional problems arising from different surveyors collecting data in different ways and formats and it can become difficult to organise, structure, and compare data captured across a large project.

The Solution

Our solution uses both 1Data Gateway and 1Integrate. 1Data Gateway is a cloud-enabled portal which allows the de-centralisation of ecological survey data validation. The portal allows ecological surveyors to submit survey data through a secure portal in the cloud. Powered by 1Integrates rules-engine, data is automatically checked and validated at source to ensure its completeness, quality, and reliability.  Surveyors then immediately receive a report showing any errors and issues in the survey data so that they can subsequently address those before the data is submitted to the next recipient in the supply chain.

By establishing a set of rules which the data must conform to, our solution provides assurance that the data is fit for purpose and can be trusted before being passed along the supply chain. The quality of data therefore remains high throughout the supply chain as each organisation uses the same automated rules to validate the data. 

The Result

Our solution helps you to have confidence in the reliability of the ecological survey data you deliver to your clients and project partners. It enables instant, automatic checks for the survey data’s completeness and quality. Rules-based automated data validation allows each link in the project’s supply chain to take responsibility for ensuring and proving that ecological survey data is complete and correct before submission, helping you to avoid the cost and effort of re-surveys.

On Demand Webinar - 1Data Gateway SCDQ for Ecology Surveys – Delivering better data?

Paddy Corkery, Lead Digital Engineer, LM-JV Two of Europe’s most prominent and innovative engineering and construction companies – Laing O’Rourke and Murphy – have come together to form LM, a powerful joint venture, ready to support the growing number of major transport infrastructure projects across the UK. LM is the Enabling Works Partner of HS2 tasked with managing the EIAs for the northern area of Phase 1. In conjunction with LM, 1Spatial have developed an Ecology Survey Data Quality Portal which can be used by JV suppliers to ensure only data confirming to the HS2 specifications is submitted to them. If you have any questions about this presentation or would like to tell us about your data challenge, please get in touch.

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