GIS and remote sensing

Gather. Transform. Inform. The WSP team possesses advanced technical expertise with a variety of mapping software applications, as well as experience with data conversion, spatial modeling, web-map design, cartography and remote sensing.

GIS and remote sensing

Tailoring solutions to each client and to each project, WSP has developed and implemented Geographic Information Systems (GIS) on a number of software platforms for use in all sectors, including municipal, provincial and federal governments, urban development, forestry and emergency response, as well as for linear projects such as pipelines, fibre-optics and power transmission.


  • Needs analysis and assessment
  • Dataset creation, manipulation and implementation
  • Data/GIS modeling
  • GIS analysis and reporting
  • Data collection, input and conversion
  • 3D modeling
  • Digital mapping
  • Database design
  • Cartographic layout and design
  • Printing and production
  • Website design and maintenance
  • Application development

Information integrity that mitigates risk

The quality and integrity of project information is of paramount concern. A successful outcome for critical business decisions relies on an inherent trust in the integrity and accuracy of the underlying engineering information that those decisions are based upon. WSP is an industry leader with unparalleled standards for engineering quality and control. WSP applies the same rigorous standards and controls to all of the information that goes into project based GIS tools.

The web GIS portal provides a single interface where stakeholders can go to obtain up to date information on engineering, design/build and overall project status. Access to the portal and the different information is controlled by usernames and passwords. These portals are easy to use, requiring no technical GIS knowledge and run on any standard web browser. All project staff, senior executives and even the public can use the portal for knowledge gathering and/or to support decision making.  Decreasing and in some cases eliminating the time it takes to find information and make decisions creates value by enabling faster execution of project deliverables.


Collaboration that strengthens communication and adds value

GIS is a conglomerate platform. It is a technology that provides a mechanism where all of the diverse disciplines on engineering projects can interact. The web GIS portals that WSP deploys provide a single access point where all project stakeholders can quickly understand everything that is going on, regardless of their individual role within the larger project. GIS facilitates true teamwork by providing a single interactive space where all disciplines and stakeholders can see the full picture.

The ability to move forward on any project relies on being able to effectively communicate with decision makers on the past, current and future state. GIS has advanced tools for analyzing information, then presenting and visualizing different scenarios.


GIS: Electric utilities and smart grids

“The smart grid is all about situation awareness and effective anticipation of and response to events that might disrupt the performance of the power grid. Since spatial data underlies everything an electric utility does, GIS is the only foundational view that can potentially link every operational activity of an electric utility including design and construction, asset management, workforce management, and outage management as well as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), distribution management systems (DMSs), renewables, and strategy planning.” - Navigant Research 

WSP has an award-winning GIS (geographic information system) team that can provide effective solutions for obtaining, analyzing, managing and distributing spatial data in support of solving engineering problems.