AIT Spatial ltd : making information and geography work for you
"To provide effective business solutions for Digital, Interactive Mapping, Data Information. Through the use of tailored Web, Desktop and Enterprise applications, your data becomes vital and valuable knowledge"
AIT Spatial Ltd is a solution focused company specialising in Tree, Land, Estates, Housing, Ports and Asset management. By customising CAD, mapping, geographical information and data systems, AIT Spatial provides technically advanced solutions, knowledge and expertise in the Geospatial environment and infrastructure development - making information and geography work for you.
Why Choose Us?
- Renowned for delivering top-flight GIS application development, integration and training
- Extensive project implementation and management experience
- We provide authoritative advice on implementing new technology and datasets and help with the optimisation of spatial work practices and processes
- Established in 2000, we have in the past and continue to focus and develop towards future requirements, meeting technological and legislation advances
- We utilise specialised core technology with interactive mapping : carte des departements
Registered No: 3902353 Registered Office: Sterling House, 31/32 High Street, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 4HL, UK.
Technically Advanced Solutions
Specialists in Tree, Land, Estates, Housing and Asset management. By customising CAD, mapping, geographical information, civil engineering and data systems, we provide technically advanced solutions, knowledge and expertise in the Geospatial environment and infrastructure development
Interactive Map Solutions
Since 2000, we have developed our Eye range of solutions providing interactive maps with location awareness and business intelligence. The core technology reduces software management costs by allowing for multiple use within Estates, Authorities, Universities, Ports, Arboreta or Business environments.
Our solutions based on Autodesk, MapGuide, Google Maps, Bing Maps and SQL Server technologies allow you to start with the foundation technology for one area and to add the bricks to suit your current or future needs - Tree, Asset, Housing, Port or Space management.
Utilising 60 years' of combined experience, we provide a wide range of services to enhance your business, from Consultancy and Support to Development, Project Management and Hosting.
Our services are designed around you with flexibility, efficiency and with your budget plans in mind.
We will put together a package to maximise the investment you have put into your technology or project, within your time frame or help you to visualise your plans for the future.
Once complete AIT Spatial can offer a range of on-going support and/or maintenance tailored to you and your business needs.
All businesses such as the following have a range of requirements for managing data, as a result AIT Spatial offer a selection of customisable solutions from basic data hosting and data collection to full asset, tree, housing and space management.
- Land Management
- Property Management
- Local Authorities
- Port Authorities
With some 87% of data held having a spatial component, AIT's solutions utilise Interactive Map technology and are available as either an in-house extranet or public Internet option, all are designed to be linked, and extended on one step at a time.
Start with a management solution
Combine with data in popular GIS and database formats including AutoCAD DWG, MapInfo and ESRI SHP as well as site survey and Ordnance Survey data sets
Add tablet technology for mobile data collection
Build an extranet for access by your consultants, maintenance companies
Publish information for your visitors including details on walks, history, educational, dedications, wildlife and natural habitats
Manage your data yourself or let us host it for you
Whether you are a small estate or a large business with multiple sites, our solutions can meet your needs with minimal cost and with or without major technology investment.
Contact us on 01462 816648 to discuss your current and future business projections and we will offer some suggestions with a timeline to achieve your objectives.
AIT Spatial offer 'off-the-shelf' and bespoke applications enabling your software to perform a specific task or meet a business need. These applications are designed to enhance both your existing system and to take greater advantage of the information available to you.
Specialising in mapping technology, Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise and MapGuide OpenSource.
Details of our own developed 'Eye' range of software include:
Westonbirt Interactive Map
If your software does not fit your requirements contact us to discuss.
AIT Spatial provides Project Management services ensuring that your project is implemented to time and cost based constraints, using good work practices. If you have a small or major project in progress, we can tailor our support to the nature and duration of the project contract.
With our business skill set, AIT Spatial is able to provide you with the best approach to suit your business needs. This could involve a visit once a month to address queries to being onsite for several weeks to ensure all aspects are covered.
This resource is tailored to your needs, supporting your staff either daily, weekly, monthly - you decide.
Following our business model, AIT Spatial provide different types of support designed to meet your individual business strategy, from standard telephone, email support and proactive on-site support to dedicated project management.
Installation and authorisation help provided to all clients.
General Support - yearly and quarterly options
We aim to take all incoming calls immediately, if not, AIT Spatial will use its best endeavours to achieve a target response time of one hour from receipt of phone call. Should the fault be extensive, we will own the problem until a solution can be investigated.
Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) between 9.30am and 5.00pm.
Call by Call Support
For the more advanced users this is an ideal option for the occasional problem, with a fixed cost per call, giving up to 1 hour solution time. We aim to resolve your issue; if not, we will discuss this with you before proceeding further.
This allows you to purchase on-site support at a daily rate and covers installation and configuration through to bespoke training and application implementation. Application development is only covered by Proactive Support through prior agreement.
With over 20 years experience of working with Autodesk mapping and civil software, AIT Spatial Ltd are specialists in this using, developing, training and supporting the Autodesk range.
As a result we offer on-site customised and industry specific training in aspects of the following software:
- Autodesk MapGuide
- MapGuide Open Source
- SQL Server Spatial Fundamentals
- AutoCAD Map 3D
- Eye-TREE Lite
- Eye-SPACE (BIM)
Collate and verify your Land Terrier data ideal for Local Authorities or Developers
Analyse your work tasks and budgeted costs
Asset Management - provide a full up-to-date inventory of your assets
Proactive Tree and Wildlife Management all through your web browser
Publish your data via an interactive web-based map
Analyse your work tasks and budgeted costs
Westonbirt Interactive Map
The UK's finest tree collection and one of the world's most important arboreta
Highlight the points of interest on your walks, including facilities
A comprehensive space management facility within an interactive map
Using a digital map, streamline the maintenance of your properties
Make the most of AddressBase® in Autodesk® GIS
Bringing geography and mail merges together
Reporting defects just got easier
Accurately locate your Trees or Assets
Behind the Tech
The last 15 years have shown us constant innovations in GI technology and data. Similarly our 'Eye' range of applications have evolved and continue this evolution providing ease of use, efficiency and cost effectiveness. The technology has allowed us to offer solutions which aim to meet legislation and requirements through the years.
Investigate the Technical and Data pages for more information and consider how this links to your current business standards.
The concepts behind the 'Eye' Range
Over the past 25 years we have witnessed numerous paradigm shifts in the Geographical Information (GI) industry.
Some were very shorted lived - almost faddish - others much more pertinent which have had a huge and lasting impact.
Falling into the latter category has been the adoption of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards and to which Autodesk developed the Feature Data Object (FDO) technology. Embracing this technology has enabled the Autodesk spatial solutions, MapGuide Open Source and others to access many disparate spatial data sets seamlessly. In fact the user may not even be aware how the data they are using is stored.
The FDO technology was commensurate with AIT Spatial's philosophy of enabling rapid innovation and deployment of web mapping solutions. That is why we chose MapGuide as our mapping engine.
What does this mean for the customer?
Simply our solutions offer the customer the opportunity to use virtually whatever spatial data they so desire. ESRI SHP files, geodatabases, ArcInfo coverages, MapInfo TAB files, WMS such as UKMap and Getmapping can be utilised in a matter of seconds within the 'Eye' range of solutions. So even if you already have a GI implementation, you can still use the 'Eye' range where necessary.
Does a map mean accurate?
Just because it is on a map - does that mean it is accurate? What about Trap Streets for example?
Consider the following:
Why do we trust mapping data?
Is it because the computer says so? There is hardly a week goes by without some reference to the someone driving the wrong way up a 1 way street, onto the railway tracks, a lorry getting stuck in a space too narrow or under a bridge simply because they were following the SatNav.
Similarly - Utility companies have often discovered that even though their plans suggest it is fine to dig - all too often they severe a pipeline, cable, etc.
One thing all these incidents have in common, along with others of disastrous consequence is the assumption that the data they had available was correct.
As a GI company we have always insisted that the data should be appropriately accurate for the application in question. For example, if mapping mature trees in a park land gazon artificiel environment - an accuracy of 1-3 or even 2 to 5m would be considered acceptable. This level of accuracy would be a huge liability within the Utility industry and invariably would result in severed cables and pipes dissatisfied customers and potentially costly implications.
The old adage 'Garbage In Garbage Out' is equally true in relation to mapping data and in some cases it is better to have no data at all rather than data which cannot be relied upon.
Only truly informed decisions can be made when we have faith in the data we are using. So how can we have faith?
Historically, the collection of meta data has been considered a tedious nuisance.
However, we are increasingly finding that organisations are now realising the worth of that meta data.
- Who collated the data?
- What sources were used?
- When was it captured?
- What degree of accuracy?
- What format is used?
We have clients using data captured over 8 years ago but they can rely on the data because they know from the data provenance that the data is still valid.
At the other end of the spectrum we have seen all too many datasets without structure, consistency, provenance. The usual culprit here is information being recorded in a spreadsheet which a human may understand but requires a huge effort to enable it to be integrated into an information environment.
As with all information systems the lowest level of data must be uniquely identified otherwise confusion will inevitably result. That is why vehicle number plates are unique (unless someone has cloned your plate and you get the fine for speeding, etc.).
Consider the following scenario:
- All trees are tagged across a large area.
- What happens if an incident occurs at tree displaying tag number 2457?
- The response team arrives at the location of 2457 and discovers no incident.
- Is it false reporting? or are there two trees tagged 2457?
Capture of Land Terriers for Local Authority Estates Department
We were approached by a client to digitise their paper-based legacy Land Terrier records, allowing them to proceed with the current and future records with a spatial element within the Uniform Estates system. The paper-based deeds, in some cases going back over 100 years, had already been scanned and supplied in a PDF form but without usable positional information. We were tasked wit...
Land Terrier Capture Project
Our client was embarking on a project to transfer paper-based legacy Land Terrier records into the spatial element for the Uniform Estates module. Due to numerous council internal changes, they were looking for a snap shot in time when they knew their records were correct and therefore creating a starting point to bring their records up-to-date. The client was also aware that a numbe...
Projects: 3D Visualisation using Cesium
With several datasets relating to buildings, we wanted to visualise that information in a meaningful way. So using the building footprint, we were able to visualise the datasets in 3D using Cesium. Checkout the video showing the Net Internal Areas. Of course we could as easily have published virtually any other information such as thermo-efficency, rent arrears, number of hazards, occupancy levels, needs assistance and so the list goes on.
Projects: GPS Reflectivity Survey
Almost 10 years ago we were engaged by a client to produce some GPS based plots showing reflectivity of road markings.
At the time we were supplied a series of Excel spreadsheets with the GPS location and reflection value. These then had to:
- be loaded into an AutoCAD Drawing file
- have the points connected to produce lines
- have the line segments updated to represent the level of reflectivity gathered by the vehicle mounted sensors
- have the generated line overlain onto an OS MasterMap base map
This in turn was used to feed an export to an ESRI SHP file.
The ESRI SHP file was then imported back into AutoCAD Map but this time a projection transformation was applied so that the WGS84 based GPS data was transformed to British National Grid.
A little bit of Visual Basic programming was then deployed to compare the reflectivity value of the survey point with that of the next one. A line was then created between the two points and coloured according to the reflectivity values.
Finally, the Ordnance Survey background mapping data was queried into the AutoCAD Map environment and then saved as a DWG file, plotted to PDF and submitted to the client.
We would handle this project differently now but back then this was considered the most efficient way to process the data.
Today we would tackle this project using the capabilities of a spatial database environment.
Risk and Use Zone Recording
It is oft said that data belongs in a database and only when in a database can the data come to life. For several decades now the visualisation and analysis of data has been all the more powerful thanks to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In turn business queries can be answered quicker and easier than ever before. One of our Eye-TREE customers recently revised the risk/use zon...
Land Registry Polygons vs Land Title Deeds
Following a recent conversation with a client, the realisation of the need to verify the Land Registry data was even more apparent. The true and correct information for land or property is via the Land Title Deed. When moving to a mapping system and using Land Registry polygons you may find that your new system is not as accurate as you may think. Checking the Land Registry lan...
On the ground with New Quick Survey Module
Positive response following the 1st real world tree survey using the New Quick Survey Module, the tree inspectors and grounds team reported "nice and simple" operation and "easy to read" on the 7" tablet screen. There really is no substitute for being out with the users seeing how they operate and being on hand to answer their questions and comments as they arise. One s...
New Quick Survey Module
The testing's done, tomorrow sees the 1st real world tree survey module running on the Leica Geosystem CS25. Whilst we could use the full Eye-TREE application on the tablet PC, we were asked to produce a form-based quick survey module with big buttons which could be used alongside or separate to Eye-TREE. As you can see in the photograph, Eye-TREE Quick Survey can be used in portrait mode as w...
AIT Spatial offer continued support for our customers. We were engaged by a customer recently for a little bit of 'hand holding' for AutoCAD software. It has been almost 10 years since we initially trained our customer in AutoCAD LT Essentials, but with constant updates of the technology with a Subscription and the change in requirements with new projects, the need for a little support ov...
Asset Collection with a Client: GPSing Grit Bins
A sunny but nippy day for asset collection. The target assets on this occasion was the Grit Bin. So armed with a list of street names we set off. Using Eye-REPORT on the Leica GeoSystems CS25 plus we captured the assets straight into the SQL Server spatial database which would then be loaded into the MapGuide GIS. Of course, we could capture directly into the corporate GIS if ...
Reduce recently planted tree failures
Reduce your tree establishment failure rates by recording the recently planted specimens on Eye-TREE. Eye-TREE will automatically prompt you to specify a watering regime and when to remove ties. What's more Eye-TREE will also remind you when these tasks are due through Eye-TREE ALERTS. Check out the short video Reduce recently planted tree failures ...
Impression of the Autumn Marine Data Management & GIS Workshop
It's not often I walk along Oxford Street, usually opting for the tube station closest to my destination. However, as it was a nice morning and I had plenty of time I thought a little walk would be most fitting before cutting through to Mandeville Place for the Autumn Marine Data Management & GIS Workshop. On the face of it I didn't really know what to expect. We are already involved ...
Churchyard Trees Conference at St Johns Waterloo, 2nd November 2016
Perhaps it is my Northern Irish Presbyterian upbringing but going to a church has always meant wearing a suit. This conference would be no exception. I must say I was a little 'disappointed' that the tea served on arrival was not poured from a huge teapot which was barely controllable by one person. Probably Health and Safety has barred such - again memories of my church going youth. &nbs...;
Revolutionise your letter generation
Eye-CORRESPOND - New software from AIT Spatial Ltd (AIT) could revolutionise how you generate your letters. Simply identify the properties, select the template and Eye-CORRESPOND will generate the final document. AIT acknowledges the concept of a mail merge is nothing new but by embracing AddressBase a user can easily generate geographic-based mail merges using a simple web browser such as Inte...
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