Cartography and Spatial Analytics

Supporting the Canal and River Trust
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As part of a project to move water from the North of the UK to the South and East of England using the canal network B&V undertook a feasibility study. This included high level costing of all the mitigation works required along the 520km of canals involved. Three separate flow scenarios have been considered.


B&V have a number of multi disciplinary GIS experts able to capture, interpret and visualise spatial data to maximise its ability to provide insight. These skills were demonstrated on a project supporting the Canal and River Trust alongside many of the UK Water Companies.

Need: There is a shortage of water in the UK, most acutely in the South and East of England where nature resources do not provide enough water to meet demand. A ‘national grid’ for water has look been discussed but never implemented. B&V were tasked with understanding at a high level the potential to use the canal network to transfer water from the North and West to the South and East of the country.

Challenge: The concept of a national grid for water is huge. It covers most of England, takes into consideration a huge number of datasets and involves numerous stakeholders from councils and infrastructure bodies right up to the water companies who rely on the water. Undertaking a project which delivers trusted outcomes in clear, concise material is difficult.

Solution: B&V engineers carried out an assessment based on asset data shared in GIS format via an online mapping platform. This allowed engineers to view and identify what works may be required for each asset to accommodate each flow. The extent of engineering work required to transfer each of the flow scenarios was assessed and distilled down to a series of tables by section of the canal. This data was then exported into Excel for review alongside a mapping plug in. This ensured the team operated in an application they were comfortable with while remaining linked to the spatial data. In doing so this ensured the the study outcome were more effective and enhanced decision making.

Throughout the engineering process and as a final deliverable B&V created a series of maps which displayed each canal reach in a variety of ways. These maps aimed to demonstrate the proportion of spend on each type of mitigation. This was shown clearly using pie charts, with the overall size showing the overall spend. Making these available to the team through the project allowed the teams to focus on areas of high spend, low spend, or areas of issue. As a deliverable the maps have driven decisions making on the way forward.

Benefits: Strong visuals are an essential for any project but especially for a conceptual project such as this. The methodology applied through the project such as collecting engineering information via a mapping platform, and maintaining clear sight of spend ensured appropriate decisions were made. The final project outputs have been shared with all stakeholders to clearly convey the work required and the areas of greatest spend.



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Key benefits

Distilling a complex project to a series of clear images and outputs gives the client confidence. It also gives the clients the materials they need to develop a project further whether that be sign off internal budgets, gain stakeholder engagement or get a scheme through planning.

Key features
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Visualisation
  • Spatial Analytics

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