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McIntosh Perry Responds to Client Needs: Highlighting a Year of

Offering Geographic Information Systems Services

It essentially gives clients an accurate and clear picture of their project.

McIntosh Perry is constantly growing to serve client needs. For that reason, the firm created a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team last year, continuing its commitment to its diverse clientele, by providing services that will assure project success.

As it celebrates its anniversary within the company, the GIS team is growing successfully and providing an essential service, which ultimately saves clients time and money while improving project communication and recordkeeping.

GIS is a computer-based science and technology that combines geographic data with the analytical capabilities of databases to generate visual maps and reports. With the implementation of GIS, the professionals at McIntosh Perry are able to present information in a straightforward way to partners in their projects, clients and regulators, while answering questions and solving problems by looking at the data through a method that is comprehensive and easily shared.

“It essentially gives clients an accurate and clear picture of their project,” said Susanne Klassen, Senior GIS Analyst at McIntosh Perry. Used to combine and interpret information, she said GIS integrates data from all services at McIntosh Perry drawing from facets such as surveying, asset management and much more.

“We’re pulling together pieces of data from different formats to create a visual overview of a project,” she said. “Then we’re able to provide analysis, as well as create maps and reports based on that comprehensive combination.”

These layers of information brought together from scientists, surveyors and engineers support the life cycle of a project, while also allowing integration of data from different spectrums within the company.

Klassen said when GIS incorporates the knowledge of McIntosh Perry’s scientists, engineers and planners, the data and information becomes more powerful: patterns, trends and relationships between the data begin to emerge and can then be used for decision-making in projects.

“GIS has become an integral component of our operations, decision making and communication at McIntosh Perry,” she said.

Putting that puzzle together in one understandable image also translates into mitigating costs and environmental impacts on projects, Klassen said. “It allows us to recognize patterns or trends very quickly that we wouldn’t have been able to see before,” she said.

Klassen noted that the GIS team at McIntosh Perry works with a variety of clientele, including all levels of government, private companies and land developers. “We use GIS to support every one of our clients – it’s such a broad tool,” she said, noting the team has completed a wide range of assignments, from working with the City of Ottawa on species-at-risk projects to working with land developers planning new subdivisions.

Klassen said by offering GIS as a service at McIntosh Perry, it allows the firm to improve business decisions for its clients and to better understand the opportunities surrounding a project. In fact, McIntosh Perry clients are realizing numerous benefits by using GIS, such as improved cost savings resulting from greater efficiency and better data management.

“It comes down to being able to provide more information for better decision making,” she said. “GIS is really transforming the way the company is serving its clients. McIntosh Perry’s use of GIS shows that the company is dynamic and versatile.”

Offering GIS is just one way that McIntosh Perry is growing to serve its clients’ needs.To find out more about our multi-disciplinary services, click here.