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Software Development

Software development is the process of extending or creating new software applications to meet a set of user needs. We specialise in writing software to deal with geographic information.

Software can:

  • Automate existing workflows - reducing spent person-hours and the potential for human error.
  • Solve new challenges by allowing what was not previously possible.

If you’d like to find out if software could help in your situation please contact Peter Wells on +44 (0)1444 848012 or drop us an email.

Typical Projects

Some examples of software developed for our clients are shown below. Please also see our current crowdfunding initiatives.

QGIS

We are one of the QGIS core contributors and much of our development work focusses on extending the functionality of QGIS to match specific client requirements. Example projects include QGIS Multi-threaded rendering, improvements to the QGIS legend, refactoring labelling engine, snapping functionality, trace digitising and several other features.

We also write and maintain a number of QGIS plugins which are extended and improved from time to time as per client requests. Please see our Projects page for more information.

Web GIS

Web GIS is the concept of performing GIS tasks through the web browser. Its potential applications include:

  • Publishing map data online through web mapping
  • Gathering spatial information from the public (e.g. a web portal for the reporting of potholes)
  • Much more

A key benefit of web GIS is giving non-technical users access to complex GIS processes through simple and intuitive user interfaces. For example, the Catchment Finder web GIS application makes calculating hydrological catchments (watersheds) quick and easy.

Productivity Tools

Workflows that include repetitive tasks can benefit greatly from productivity tools. Some of our publically available productivity tools include the AutoTrace plugin for QGIS. Constraint Checker is a plugin developed for Dartmoor National Park Authority in the UK that automates the searching and reporting of planning constraints such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).