Lot 3 – GIS Development

 

Tenderers shall be capable of providing a range of services related to desktop GIS, spatial database development, web GIS, mobile GIS, spatial application development and spatial data infrastructure support.  It is expected that each tenderer will demonstrate an understanding and experience of at least one service listed. 

These services may include:

 

Technology / Skills

Background

1

GIS Systems Architect

It is envisaged that LEMA will be fully integrated with the Agency’s GIS and the spatial databases.  Spatial data may arrive through a variety of pathways such as WebGIS, Mobile GIS or online forms and may be stored either within a spatial database or within the LEMA SQLServer 2008 database, if the latter it will be required to dynamically read this data directly into the GIS from LEMA.  

Spatial data will be accessed by the business users of LEMA through maps within reports, spatial analysis techniques (e.g. Assimilative Capacity & Dynamic Risk Enforcement Assessment Methodology) and via Desktop and WebGIS interfaces. 

The tenderer will have a good understanding of spatial systems, data and databases, how they can be integrated with non-spatial databases, reporting services and analysis services, be aware of best practices and have a proven track record in this area. 

2

Web Based GIS

It is envisaged that all spatial data coming into LEMA will be verified by the data-owner using simple WebGIS functionality. 

Many of the users of these WebGIS tools will be non-technical users: design of clear and user friendly user interfaces is essential.

Where Monitoring stations are already recorded within the EDEN system, there will be a requirement to link the WebGIS to EDEN vai webservices.  Where discharges are discharging into a waterbody, there will be a requirement to link the Discharge point to a Water Framework Directive (WFD) -coded Waterbody.

WebGIS functionality will be required to interact with the Agency GeoDatabase as well as LEMA and other systems such as EDEN. 

Guidance may be required for best practice in the use of Web Based GIS technology and in system specification.

The tenderer will have a good understanding of web based GIS technology and how it links with other non-spatial systems, be aware of best practice in this area and have a proven track record in the design, optimisation and development of user friendly web based systems and integrating them with database functionality and reporting services.

3

Geographic Database Development

All aspects of pollution control licensing, monitoring and enforcement have a spatial and element and it is envisaged that there will be many important interactions between LEMA and the GeoDatabases held within the Agency.  GeoDatabase design, development and management and are essential parts of LEMA as it is envisaged that spatial data will be collected for LEMA via web forms. Ongoing interaction between spatial and non-spatial databases will be required in all aspects of LEMA

The tenderer should have a good understanding of GeoDatabase and schema development, be aware of best practice for GeoDatabase development both in Ireland and Europe and have a proven track record in developing and modifying GeoDatabases.  

4

Mobile GIS

The use of mobile PCs including GIS and GPS functionality will be required as part of on-going monitoring and assessment procedures within the Agency.  Spatial results recorded upon mobile PCs will need to interact with LEMA both serving data into LEMA and receiving data from LEMA. 

The tenderer should have a good understanding of Mobile PCs, GIS on Mobile PCs, GPS software and the development of data capture forms used within Mobile GIS/PCs.  The tenderer should also be aware of best practice in the Mobile GIS/PC area and have a proven track record in customising Mobile GIS and PC software for data capture.

5

CAD / GIS integration

Licence Applications are requested to submit appropriately scaled drawings / maps (≤A3) as geo-referenced digital drawing files using the following formats: ESRI Shapefile, MapInfo Tab, AutoCAD or other upon agreement.

The EPA requires improved methods for streamlining the collection and collation of this data from licensees, particularly where the site plans are not georeferenced.  Improved methods for integrating CAD drawings with GIS datasets are also required.

The tenderer should have a good understanding of both GIS and CAD systems, be aware of best practices and have a proven track record in integrating the two both at the desktop level and via WebGIS.

6

SatNav Development and integration

It is envisaged that the use of Satellite Navigation technology may be incorporated into LEMA.

The tenderer should have a good understanding of SatNav systems and how they can be linked to desktop, mobile and web based applications, be aware of best practice in this area and have a proven track record in synchronising SatNav systems with desktop/Web based applications. 

7

Geoprocessing and Spatial Analysis

Assessment of licensing applications requires some predictive calculations (e.g. Assimilative Capacity calculations) to assess the expected impact of the licensed facility on the ambient environment.

Spatial data also has an important role in assessing the relative risk of existing facilities to ensure that those with the highest relative risk are prioritised accordingly.

The tenderer should have a good understanding of the development of GIS methodologies and models for spatial assessment. The tenders should also have experience in the development of automated tools for spatial assessment for deployment via Desktop GIS or WebGIS.

8

Spatial data creation and editing

Elements of LEMA may require data that does not already exist in the Agency GIS. The data may have to be collected and digitised, or existing data may have to substantially edited to make it fit for purpose.

Where data is created under the LEMA project, full metadata (according to INSPIRE standards) must be created for each data layer.

The tenderer should have proven experience in the creation, editing, and quality assurance of spatial data.

 

These services will be provided to the Agency to augment those provided by the LEMA team.  In all cases guidance may be required for best practice in GIS development.  It is expected that each tenderer will demonstrate an understanding and experience of each skill listed in Lot 3. It is expected that GIS Developers will work closely with System and Web developers as well as the Reporting and Analysis developers. 

The following profiles will be expected:

-  GIS System Architect

-  GIS Administrator

-  Spatial Database Administrator

-  WebGIS Developer

-  Mobile GIS Developer

-  SatNav Developer

-  Spatial Analyst

-  GIS Technician