thinkWhere has been awarded a contract to transform the use of geographic data and software at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). Working alongside SRUC’s commercial division, SAC Consulting, thinkWhere will implement an enterprise wide, online GIS. thinkWhere will also introduce desktop based open source GIS software and a mobile application for synchronised field mapping and data capture. The integrated, end-to-end solution from thinkWhere is designed to address the needs of a variety of users and will allow SAC Consulting to offer new services to clients in the future.
“Prior to the award of this contract we supported three different suppliers of GIS solutions available via a thin client server environment and the desktop,” commented Adèle Baron, Landscape Architect and project lead at SAC Consulting. “This created disparate data storage, poor file standards and issues with data reusability and efficiency. There was also a lack of flexibility with regards to publishing data and we had no solution for mobile data capture or in-field queries.”
A specialist in open source GIS technologies including web mapping and field applications, thinkWhere will build a customised solution for SRUC based around its leading web mapping solution groundMapper. An online Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) approach, groundMapper will provide access to master datasets such as Ordnance Survey mapping and aerial photography as well as SAC Consulting business datasets. groundMapper will also give SAC Consulting control over user roles and permissions and will provide full data auditability.
In addition to groundMapper thinkWhere will also work with SAC Consulting to deploy the leading open-source desktop mapping software QGIS, to address the needs of ‘desktop professional’ users, and mobile data application QField. thinkWhere will also provide a range of data migration services as well as acceptance testing and ongoing training and support.
“thinkWhere provided a comprehensive tender response, were considered to be value for money and presented a robust and thorough GIS solution to meet our needs,” continued Baron. “During every stage of the tender process thinkWhere presented itself as both professional and friendly.”
Alan Moore, Chief Executive of thinkWhere added, “We are looking forward to working with SRUC to develop a solution that is specifically targeted to meet the needs of users with a range of experiences and accessibility requirements. We are confident the integration of groundMapper, QGIS and QField will exceed SAC Consulting’s current requirements and will support them as they move forward providing services to the Scottish agriculture and rural sectors.”