IDC to Officially Launch New Range of Products and Services at Sustainability Live 2015
31 March 2015, News release from IDC
Geographic information specialists Ian Dee Consulting (IDC) will be using April's Sustainability Live event to launch a range of innovative products and services created specifically for sustainable energy applications.
Utilising Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in combination with a range of contemporary digital mapping data sources, IDC's suite of solutions offer automated identification of land suitable for sustainable energy technology - whether solar, wind, or ground source heat.
"Traditionally the identification of land suitable for installing a solar or wind farm has been undertaken in the field, through manual interpretation of maps or, more recently, by interrogating Google Earth - all of which are intensive, time-consuming processes, open to human error and subjectivity" says IDC owner Ian Dee. "Our innovative, automated solutions allow for wide areas to be assessed for suitability quickly and objectively, and criteria can be tailored completely to each client's own specific installation parameters.
The result is a user-friendly dataset outlining sites identified as suitable based on slope, aspect, proximity to transport infrastructure, agricultural land, residential dwellings, and more. Additionally, the use of Open Data in our methodology facilitates the assessment of extremely wide areas - from Counties or Regions through to full National surveys."
Alongside solutions to identify land suitable for Solar or Wind farms, IDC also offers services for identification of residential properties suitable for Ground Source Heat Pumps, and are currently completing a project to assess 80,000 dwellings in Buckinghamshire from high-resolution satellite imagery. Also being launched at the event is IDC's collaboration with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) specialists Remote Aerial Surveys, which uses unmanned drones to acquire thermal imagery of existing solar infrastructure in order to monitor module performance.
"Monitoring performance of modules on a Solar farm is currently undertaken primarily at a string level" says Dee. "However, through the utilisation of high-resolution thermal cameras mounted on UAV's, we can offer a quick-response service that identifies anomalies down to individual module level. The result is map accurate thermal imagery of the site, with identified issues attributed with real-world coordinates."
IDC will also be launching their Open Source GIS training services, created in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University. Focusing on Quantum GIS (QGIS) these training packages are the perfect introduction for those new to GIS, or for experienced users interested in discovering more about Open Source GIS alternatives. IDC are on Stand L83 at Sustainability Live, April 21st to 23rd 2015 at Birmingham NEC.
For further information please email IDC