MGISS helps Northumbrian Water mitigate risk from trees

Northumbrian Water using satellite positioning and mobile mapping technology to manage safety risks posed by trees on its sites.


Northumbrian Water has reduced the time taken to plan tree inspections, improved data sharing and reduced the production of paper plans and reports. The MGISS solution combines a high accuracy positioning system with mobile data collection apps and Geographical Information System (GIS) software in a field-to-office workflow.

“As a land owner and employer we have a duty of care to ensure that anyone on our sites is not exposed to risk of harm posed by falling branches, for example,” commented Stuart Pudney, Conservation and Land Manager at Northumbrian Water. “We manage this by undertaking regular inspections which inform remedial works and additional specialist assessments.”

The implemented solution included ArcGIS Workforce, part of the Esri Geospatial Cloud, for inspection task management, ArcGIS Collector for survey data collection together with Arrow 100 GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) hardware to accurately capture tree locations. The solution was brought together with an ArcGIS Online Web app dashboard providing tools for high level insight and reporting.

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