Value is at the heart of how and why we innovate. The SORTool is one example of Temple’s innovation in practise.
Developed to address specific client needs, the SORTool is a bespoke GIS-based tool that was initially designed to aid the understanding of benefits and impacts of linear infrastructure schemes. It has subsequently been developed further to also support the appraisal of site suitability. It is particularly suited to fascilitate the quantitative comparison between options, be those routes or sites, to support the decision-making process.
The SORTool brings value in multiple forms:
- An automated approach saves time and cost
- A process that is repeatable providing confidence outputs are comparable over geography and time
- Outputs form an audit trail to help demonstrate how decisions were reached
- Integrated solution to consider cumulative spatial effects of options
- Flexible and customisable to meet project needs
How does it work?
The inputs to the SORTool are two sets of GIS data:
- Inputs to appraise: either a set of linear features or site locations
- A set of features (point, line, or polygons) that form the basis of the appraisal
The tool will calculate intersection impacts between the inputs and each feature layer. In addition, proximity impacts can be appraised by including buffer thresholds for each feature layer. Multiple thresholds can be included and each feature can have its own bespoke thresholds to allow for various sensitivities to be incorporated.
The output is a report that shows quantified metrics for the interactions of each input with each feature layer. This allows route/site performance to be compared and contrasted and gives an indication on better performing options. Also outputted are the GIS layers of the interactions, which allow maps to be produced, or further analysis on the spatial locations of impacts.