Geographic Information Systems
F. X. Browne, Inc. has a fully equipped design department which uses a state-of-the-art Geographic Information System, ArcGIS, along with Intelisolves Hydraflow Suite, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and CorelDraw to produce graphic illustrations, maps, and site layouts. This software allows us to import survey points and create 3-dimensional surfaces and contours from these data points. We have utilized our CAD drafting and design software in a variety of projects, including lake dredging, stream restoration, wastewater treatment design, park design, and stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) design.
We use our GIS capabilities for numerous planning and engineering projects which include the development of GIS maps and databases for environmental resource management, water quality modeling, watershed management, land use analysis, agricultural assessments, open space plans, park and recreation plans and comprehensive plans.
F. X. Browne, Inc. also uses GIS as a tool for developing stream restoration and protection plans. The application of our powerful GIS capabilities allows quick retrieval of information concerning the condition and level of impairment of major stream segments, minor stream segments, and reaches. We have developed special prioritization strategies for our shoreline and streambank restoration projects that allow us to rank stream reaches in order of restoration priority, risk of degradation, and habitat value. Our proprietary system allows us to establish practical, long-term restoration programs that are cost-effective, environmentally sound, and acceptable to regulatory officials and the public.
As well as being a tool for in-house analysis of environmental and natural resource information, our GIS capabilities allow us to develop customized ArcView-based systems which can be turned over to our clients. This allows our clients the freedom to use the GIS mapping and database in their day-to-day applications and analysis.
F. X. Browne, Inc. also has hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) instruments that allow us to mark sites, boundaries, and features over a large project site. We use our GPS units, for example, to mark severe erosion and stormwater problem areas, stormwater facilities, lake and stream locations, and stormwater outlets. We incorporate our measured GPS data into our GIS maps and database to create multifunctional data layers.
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