Demonstrating exactly how visible your development will be.

Our digital designers use visibility mapping tools such as ESRI Spatial and 3D Analyst to support a range of projects, from renewable energy and infrastructure schemes to heritage setting assessments.

Generating zones of theoretical visibility (ZTV) to demonstrate a development’s potential visibility is fundamental to offshore seascape and onshore landscape and visual impact assessment. Our landscape designers and planners get involved to help tailor the way the graphics are presented.

Careful interpretation of our visibility analysis can inform policies which guide development away from more prominent locations, or highlight the high standards of siting and design that are needed in particular areas.

We’ve developed particular expertise in cumulative ZTV (CZTV) mapping. Using custom-built tools in GIS, and drawing on our extensive database of wind farm schemes, we can provide CZTVs to our landscape designers to inform the process of cumulative assessment. On the subject of wind farms, we incorporate shadow flicker analysis to enable better wind farm planning, adapting the level of detail to each site’s requirements.

Our custom-built GIS tools and visibility mapping mean faster and more accurate impact assessments. Recent examples include detailed visibility mapping for a gold mine development in Armenia, and developing and documenting a method for producing visual resource maps for the South Marine plan areas – a method adopted and rolled out nationally by the Marine Management Organisation.

For a unique view of your proposed development, contact Diana Manson.