Mapping Services

When are mapping services required?

Mapping services are required at individual small-scale site level, or at a larger local, regional or national scale for the purposes of spatial and strategic planning and conservation management. Maps form an integral component of all environmental, ecological and monitoring reports, including Environmental Impact Statements, Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Reports, Ecological Impact Assessment Reports, Environmental Monitoring Reports and Site Selection and Feasibility Reports. Constraints mapping, as described below, is an essential tool in the selection of strategic sites and site feasibility assessments. Specific map types are also required to accompany all planning permission applications and waste facility permit applications made to Local Authorities.

What is constraints mapping?

Constraints mapping is a widely used method for identifying sites for strategic development and provides an objective method of selecting the most suitable sites. It may also be applied at a site-specific level in order to determine and assess the constraints inherent to a particular site and the impact that these constraints will have on the type, size and layout of development that is suited to that site. The outcome of the constraints mapping process depends on the type and number constraints applied.

What type of mapping services is provided by McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan?

McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan has the staff resources, experience and most up-to-date mapping software and data required to take on mapping projects for a multitude of purposes and at any scale. We can provide the knowledge and expertise to compile and submit the required maps at the appropriate scale and in the most suitable format for each particular project.

Some examples of the map types produced by McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan include:

  • Site location maps
  • Planning Permission Application maps
  • Waste Facility Permit Application maps
  • County and City Development Plan maps, including Zoning maps
  • Habitat maps
  • Designated Area maps, i.e. Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs), Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) and proposed Natural Heritage Areas (pNHAs)
  • Constraints maps
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment maps 
  • Wind Speed maps 
  • Bedrock and Geology maps
  • Soils and Subsoils maps
  • Surface Water Features maps
  • Groundwater maps
  • Aquifer Vulnerability maps
  • Landcover maps
  • Archaeological Sites and Monuments maps
  • Electoral Division maps
  • Contour maps
  • Aerial maps
What mapping tools and data do we use?

McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan utilises the most up-to-date mapping data and aerial photography available from bodies including the Ordnance Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The mapping tools we use include:

MapInfo is a mapping and geographic analysis application, which utilities geo referenced data from a geographic perspective to perform sophisticated and detailed data analysis.

ArcGIS is a “Geographic Information System” which is a platform, which allows one to view spatial data, create layered mps and perform spatial analysis.

AutoCAD is a 2D and 3D design and engineering drafting program, this tool is used in conjunction with other GIS software for precision drawing.
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