Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day is most associated with leprechauns, four leaf clovers, and of course, green beer. Rather than focusing on these St. Patrick’s Day mascots, our SPD post is delving into how an Ireland business is enabling green, sustainable solutions with the help of its GIS system.
Mainstream Renewable Power is a global business that develops large-scale wind and solar farms for (or in partnership with) large corporations, major utilities, and institutional investors. Focused on renewable energy and a greener planet, the extensive work they do vastly decreases fossil fuel energy consumption. Though they are headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Mainstream Renewable Power has 11 offices located in eight countries spanning across Europe, North America, and Africa.
Mainstream Renewable Power’s business is rooted in designing, locating, and building wind and solar energy plants in strategic locations for its clients and partners. By implementing and utilizing a GIS system, the company can now better locate potential new locations for wind and solar farms as well as function more cohesively in-house. The company has benefited from being able to easily visualize, manage, and map projects while being able to seamlessly and intuitively analyze data.
One of the most forward-thinking uses of Mainstream Renewable Power’s GIS is through the creation of a 3D, time-sequenced map of the seabed. This map shows how the seabed has changed over time, which will allow the business to anticipate future trends. Their GIS also helps to visualize factors such as climate change and changing sea currents might affect potential new wind farm locations. This information will aid Mainstream Renewable Power in assessing the best locations for new offshore wind farms.
Though R/M operates on a much smaller scale than Mainstream Renewable Power, we, too, are dedicated to providing and promoting green, sustainable solutions that meet our clients’ needs and expectations; with assets like our Environmental Coordinator, Maureen McBroom, R/M sets the precedent that civil engineering and technology solutions are a top priority in Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.