Stirling-based tech firm thinkWhere is helping one of Scotland’s Highland estates create digital maps of land holdings using the latest web technology.
Atholl Estates will use open source software to develop, store and analyse a broad range of mapping information.
Applications of the mapping system include farming, habitat assessment, and utilities and infrastructure management.
The estate, established in the 13th century and centred around Blair Castle, covers more than 143,000 acres and employs more than 100 seasonal and full-time staff. It consists of three large blocks of land, the largest of which lies to the north and east of the village of Blair Atholl in Perthshire.
thinkWhere, a specialist in mapping data and systems will work alongside Atholl Estates to introduce a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) known as QGIS.
The firm will also provide specialised training for personnel, offering data capture and conversion exercises, and deliver ongoing technical support going forward.
Andrew Bruce Wooton, chief executive of Atholl Estates, commented: “Prior to the implementation of QGIS we had a standalone mapping tool which was only used for forestry applications.
“However, a new land registration process, being promoted by Registers of Scotland, and changing operational needs meant we needed to consider our use of spatial data and technology.”
A specialist in mapping data and systems, Stirling-based thinkWhere worked alongside Atholl Estates to implement a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) called QGIS. thinkWhere also provided training for key personnel, undertook data capture and conversion exercises, and is delivering ongoing technical support.
Atholl Estates undertook a comprehensive review of available systems, including networking with other organisations and estates before selecting thinkWhere’s solution. Existing paper and digital records, including those already held within the forestry software, have been transferred to the new system.
The land registration involved mapping estate boundaries using existing plans and local knowledge to create a digital location-referenced record of land and property.
Bruce-Wootton added: “We discovered QGIS was used extensively within the land management sector and feedback was very positive. We also knew we could access data services, training and support from thinkWhere, which would be crucial to the successful uptake and ongoing use of the software.”