Over the past decade, companies have come to the realization the cheapest and most efficient way to create power is no longer via fossil fuels, but instead renewable energy. Wind turbine farms and large solar panel fields are beginning to become more common in rural areas, specifically in the midwest. However, these all require significant land use and new technological advances in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are allowing Renewable Energy Engineers to quickly and easily gain essential mapping data on a possible project area.
The Energy Collective goes on to explain that GIS mapping provides critical information regarding the typography of the land as well as existing infrastructure, utilities, land use, and environmental assessments. GIS also allows planners to monitor the project area with color coded and layered maps that provide 3-D visualization and allow for planners to easily monitor the operation at hand.
GIS mapping systems also allow engineers to manage and share data and easily turn it into easily understood reports and visualizations that can be analyzed and communicated to others. Thus, GIS is playing an increasingly important role in civil engineering companies, being as it supports all phases of the infrastructure life cycle.