The demise of the What’s In Your Backyard (WIYBY) web site from the Environment Agency may have brought a sense of loss to many in the contaminated land (and wider) community but it has provided a stimulus to environmental search providers to issue open environmental data viewers with some limited tools, such as a distance measure. They may be easy to use and may provide a useful “look-see” to help you gather some pre-intelligence on your sites but can you interact spatially with any historical site investigation data or the expanding open datasets out there? Can you add your own knowledge to a static data viewer platform, such as walkover photographs, borehole logs, annotations or generate your own 3D model for the site integrating the latest offering of LIDAR data? Will you be able to evaluate any future site investigation data, utilise your AGS data more effectively, delineate groundwater contamination plumes, animate your time-series gas monitoring data, evaluate risks more effectively, calculate subsequent remediation volumes, costs, monitor and clearly communicate site verification?
Hence, the demise of WIYBY also provides a stimulus to companies and regulators looking to more effectively utilise their own datasets and integrate them with environmental datasets to make use of open source GIS options such as QGIS.
So you can be in control of What’s In Your very own Backyard (WIYvoBY) for all of your projects, to develop your initial conceptual site model, plan your preliminary or staged site investigations (SI), interpret and communicate any risks or verification, to improve efficiency in regulatory decision making, volume calculations and costs to clients.
If the potential cost of buying and maintaining GIS software or a lack of training is a potential problem then find out more about the upcoming LQM training course: 5th June 2018 Getting value from your data: a hands on GIS Course or view this Video for more information.