A combination of pressures prompted Derby City Council to review its on-premise data centre strategy in 2015.
Spatial Consultants – GIS to deliver a positional advantage
Spatial Consultants is an Information Management consulting practice with expertise in the convergence of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Enterprise Architecture.
The company provides a broad range of services covering information management, data collection and migration, geospatial data editing, metadata, spatial data infrastructures, process improvement and geographic analysis.
The services offered enable organisations to use the locational aspect of their information to ultimately improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their operations.
Company principals Graham Morgan and Peter Fox founded Spatial Consultants to offer a unique set of consulting services around the concept of the Enterprise Geospatial Solution Platform. This concept of modern day GIS providing a set of Geographic Information Services as capabilities that complement an organisation’s IT architecture, is markedly different from the historic notion of GIS as an application suite.
Project deliverables can be tailored to conform to the relevant stage gates of project control methods (such as PRINCE II and derivatives), architecture development methods (such as TOGAF) and system development methods (such as Rational Unified Process), as employed by each customer organisation.
Head-quartered on the edge of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, Spatial's consultants have developed an international reputation from designing and developing geospatial solutions throughout the world for almost 20 years.
In striving to maintain current expertise in relevant industry domains and technologies Spaital Consultants maintains professional relationships with partner organisations, technology vendors and trade associations. The company is vendor neutral and has in-depth expertise in all major GIS suites (including ESRI ArcGIS, MapInfo, Smallworld, Oracle Spatial, FME, 1Spatial, Autodesk, etc.) as well as mainstream IT platforms, integration technologies, and consulting and solution development practices.
The Spatial Consultants team has successfully provided GIS consulting services to leading organisations around the world including RWE Thames Water, Copeland Borough Council, East Midlands Electricity, Allerdale Borough Council, Transport for London and the Rural Payments Agency.
Principal Graham Morgan BSc, MSc, MCP, GISP, CITP is a recognised expert in the field of geospatial information management and the development of spatially–enabled enterprise technical architectures. After graduating with a distinguished Masters degree in GIS from Edinburgh in 1991, he has consulted to organisations around the world, has published numerous articles and presents regularly at industry conferences.
Graham uses his vast experience in GIS when working closely with clients. Chirag Mehta, enterprise architecture practice lead at Transport for London, said: "Graham worked as a senior GIS architect on my team of IT Strategy architects for more than a year. Graham brings with him an extensive understanding of Geospatial technologies and his expertise of enterprise systems integration. He brings with him a deep experience of IT consultancy, strategy and architecture working across many industries and that adds a lot of value and perspective to the business problem. Graham is a leader, very approachable and provided guidance to other junior members of my team. It has been a pleasure to work with Graham and I would absolutely recommend his service to anyone wanting to achieve great results."
Spatial Consultants staff are highly educated and skilled professionals with a broad range of experience. An active network of associates and advisors strengthen the team for specific projects. In supporting industry development, Graham Morgan chairs the Northern Group of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) and is a member of the Geomatics Industrial Advisory Panel for Newcastle University. We speak regularly at industry events.
Case Study - RWE Thames Water
Driven by the changes introduced by OS MasterMap for base mapping, Thames Water needed to ensure that all their GIS based systems were able to work seamlessly with the new positional reference data. This prompted a review of GIS across the estate to adopt modern approaches to data management and systems integration in order to improve the performance of the operational, engineering and asset management functions of the organisation.
The project had the following objectives:
• Improve data confidence/quality
• Provide an enterprise perspective
• Support asset investment and strategy objectives
• Support goal to become a UK leader in asset planning and regulator management
• Adopt MasterMap for positional reference
• Reduce GIS cost of ownership
Thames Water sought to rationalise the complex mix of geospatialtechnologies and applications, which had evolved over time, to provide an integrated asset repository that would present a single source of truth. The solution involved the creation of an asset information model to present an holistic picture of the state and history of each asset in the water distribution and treatment networks. The repository is an enterprise resource accessible through industry standard query and data exchange protocols and supports multiple GIS platforms including ESRI, Autodesk and Oracle.