Architecture, Engineering and Construction Solutions: accurate surveying, data collection, collaboration

Major architecture, engineering and construction companies use our location-analytics solutions to deliver safer, simpler and time aware collaborative project planning and construction logistics.


Accurate surveying and mapping provide the critical groundwork for large-scale engineering projects on which detailed programme costs and timelines will be based.

Starting from a base map Esri technology can be used to integrate survey data, land records and boundaries as well as detailing topography, the precise location of buildings, utilities and services, providing essential information to decision makers and financiers.

The use of GIS to integrate current survey data with historic information generated using a variety of co-ordinate systems saves both time and money. Similarly survey work can be combined with GIS analysis to validate building outlines derived from historic drawings.

Read how the British Geological Survey makes geological data available in the field.

Data Collection

GIS software adds intelligence to spatial data, whether the data is generated in the field as a result of survey using GPS enabled equipment or remotely using Lidar and photogrammetry.

The same applies to raw data collected in the field, accurate measurements, and field sketches which can all be incorporated into GIS systems. Collecting, importing, converting, and storing spatial data includes integrating computations, such as COGO, as well as spatial data feature classes and relationships.

This means that data can be captured in the field and integrated straight into a geo-database in a seamless workflow via hand held terminals, survey equipment, an iPad or similar mobile technology.

Read how Colas made surveys more efficient.


Major construction projects invariably involve cross-functional teams of architects, planners, engineers, developers, surveyors and builders. But this complexity brings its own challenges. Getting teams to collaborate and communicate effectively throughout the programme is a constant headache for managers.

GIS enables the creation of a common picture of development programme, over time, through each phase of construction. The ability to visualise the whole picture at any time past, present or future, is crucial. Duplication of effort can be avoided, plans can be more efficient, and time is not wasted by teams waiting for dependencies.

Read how Argent brought many teams together in the Kings Cross redevelopment.


For a construction project to be successful factors such as scheduling conflicts, delays, budgeting, site safety, and logistics all need to be managed effectively. GIS technology improves the mechanics and management for building new infrastructure by integrating design and site data as well as providing a framework for as-built data collection.

A completed construction project rarely reflects its original plan. As-built surveying linked to GIS technology enables construction teams to collect data to create revised information.

By feeding this data directly into an operational GIS costs and errors associated with data conversion can be eliminated, contributing to effective Design-Build – Operate – Maintain disciplines.

Read how WSP Group cut planning timescales.