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Written by Kezia Downing
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Optimise decision-making with precise, data-driven insights.

Turn project data into actionable insights.

Custom metrics

Custom metrics is a built-in, highly customisable calculator within Optioneer that enables users to perform nuanced analyses directly within the platform. For example, users can seamlessly conduct project-specific assessments, such as detailed cost, biodiversity, and embedded CO2 calculations analyses to align with internal and reporting requirements. It also enables users to create, save, and revisit complex calculations, including red-amber-green (RAG) assessments and qualitative analyses, which can be standardised and replicated across different projects. By providing direct access to this sophisticated analytical tool within Optioneer, Custom Metrics streamlines the process of transforming raw data into actionable insights, reducing the need for external tools such as Excel for further analysis.

πŸ’‘ Why is this a game-changer?

  • Precise data analysis: Enables users to conduct detailed analyses for more informed decision-making and advanced reporting.

  • Workflow streamlining: Minimises context-switching to external applications like Excel, enhancing user efficiency with a more structured approach that combines granular metrics for strategic project insights.

  • Standardisation across projects: Promotes a unified approach to analysis, speeding up new project ramp-up time, and ensuring high-quality analyses and reporting across projects.

Instantly pinpoint project risks with automatic colour-coded metric assessments.

Red-Amber-Green (RAG) categorisation

Optioneer's red-amber-green (RAG) categorisation feature streamlines metric evaluations by automatically assigning a red, amber, or green status to each metric based on pre-defined criteria. In this widely adopted RAG system, red indicates significant risk, amber indicates moderate risk, and green indicates minimal risk. This automated categorisation simplifies the assessment process to align with internal requirements, and can be standardised across projects for consistency. Designed for cross-project applicability, it uses straightforward logic and numerical analysis to convert quantitative data into easily interpretable insights.

πŸ’‘ Why is this a game-changer?

  • Improved metric clarity: Streamlines decision-making and enables quick understanding with automated colour-coded categorisation.

  • Risk identification: Enables easy identification of significant metrics to identify and mitigate associated risks.

  • Stakeholder communication: Improves external stakeholders engagement with transparent visual indicators.

Streamline reporting and compliance with Optioneer's automated reporting tool.

Automated reporting tool
Optioneer's automated reporting tool enable you to create and save the list of impacted environmental receptors, further investigate potential sites, and identify and contact relevant stakeholders where necessary. Secondly, this automated list can be used to quickly create inputs for impact reports, EIA chapters, or permit applications, significantly accelerating and simplifying environmental workflows with robust, data-backed evidence.

πŸ’‘ Why is this a game-changer?

  • Automated reporting outputs: Automates the generation of reports outputs for internal governance, permitting requirements, and environmental impact assessments, while also ensuring that metrics automatically update to reflect any changes within the project.

  • Data-driven decision support: Leverages comprehensive, accurate data to underpin decisions, leading to more reliable project outcomes.

  • Error minimisation: Significantly reduces the likelihood of user error, ensuring that the information remains accurate and dependable.

Streamline project planning and compliance.

Mitigate visual impacts before they emerge.

Visual impact assessment
Optioneer's latest feature, Visual Impact Assessment, automatically generates visual impact maps highlighting the locations from which proposed structures, like pylons, will be visible. This allows you to easily identify where view lines will be impacted by new infrastructure, considering factors like nearby homes or obstructions like hills.

To help guide planning, Optioneer also generates visual sensitivity maps, allowing you and your team to easily model visual sensitivity. With this addition, you can identify the routes with the least impact on sensitive areas to minimise the potential for social and environmental pushback at later stages, supporting more community-conscious development.

πŸ’‘ Why is this a game-changer?

  • Optimise for visual impact: Strategically integrates visual impact and sensitivity into the routing and siting process, making it a key factor in decision-making.

  • Early risk identification for mitigation: Enables an indicative assessment of visual impacts right at the start of the project when routing options are first being considered, preemptively reducing opposition by addressing potential concerns early on.

  • Social responsibility: Promotes environmentally sensitive and socially responsible project proposals.

Quickly identify and visualise crossing and tower impacts.

Automated crossing and tower schedules

This feature automatically lists the crossings and towers potentially impacting a project, presented in an accessible tabulated format. This significantly enhances project risk identification by integrating crossing and tower information with live map links, allowing for immediate visual understanding and assessment. Designed to streamline the documentation and analysis workflows, it centralises critical project analyses on a single platform, boosting project management efficiency.

πŸ’‘ Why is this a game-changer?

  • Automated cataloguing: Offers a detailed list of crossings and towers to easily understand project landscapes and identify potential challenges.

  • Visual integration: Enhances project visualisation with live map links and visual aids, aiding in the easy identification and analysis of key project elements.

  • Streamlined workflows: Centralises project documentation and analysis within Optioneer, reducing the need for context-switching and boosting user productivity.

Optimise project logistics with access track evaluation.

Access track evaluation

This feature enables users to automatically assess potential access routes for their routing and siting projects, offering a significant advantage in pinpointing options where access tracks could greatly influence key factors such as costs and biodiversity. This helps reduce the chance for unforeseen risks to arise in later project stages, and helps ensure the project plans align with key objectives.

πŸ’‘ Why is this a game-changer?

  • Comprehensive environmental reporting: Incorporates access tracks as a component of routing and site selection, allowing for a more comprehensive analysis of project scenarios for detailed reporting and risk mitigation.

  • Unified project oversight: Integrates access track analysis alongside main asset development for unified oversight.

  • Enhanced decision-making capabilities: Provides advanced tools for scenario analysis and risk assessment, enabling more strategic planning and real-time project adaptation.

Improve clarity and consensus through advanced visualisation tools.

De-risk urban planning with photorealistic 3D visualisation.

Google’s Photorealistic 3D Tiles

Optioneer's newest feature facilitates the photorealistic visualisation of landscapes in 3D, enabling users to enhance project planning and mitigate related risks earlier, particularly in urban and suburban settings. This feature not only provides a detailed view to improve the user's ability to visualise projects in their real-world context but also makes the process more immersive and interactive for public consultations. Additionally, this integration feeds up-to-date Google satellite data directly into Optioneer, enabling users to access the latest geographical information without the need for external tools like Google Maps.

πŸ’‘ Why is this a game-changer?

  • Advanced visualisation: Offers a realistic visual experience for improved risk identification and better public engagement.

  • Up-to-date detailed satellite data: Integrates the latest Google satellite data for more accurate project visualisation and development.

  • Integrated experience: Integrates photorealistic 3D views without requiring external tools.

Better engage stakeholders with customisable flyover animations.

Route flyover animation

This feature enables users to animate the camera along the route of a project, providing a customisable flyover animation with just one click. This is particularly useful for public consultations, videos, and stakeholder engagement events, offering a more dynamic and comprehensive visualisation of routes and project plans. By simulating a fly-through along the project path, stakeholders can gain a better understanding of the project scope and context in 3D space, enhancing the overall engagement experience all within one platform.

πŸ’‘ Why is this a game-changer?

  • Dynamic visualisation: Enables an animated, route-focused perspective to bring projects to life and facilitates deeper understanding among stakeholders.

  • Efficient engagement tool: Ideal for PR and public engagement professionals, this feature makes Optioneer a more versatile tool for presenting at public events, offering detailed, map-based 3D animations in a matter of seconds.

  • Streamlined Process: Simplifies the preparation for presentations and engagements, eliminating the need for additional materials or external visualisation tools.

Streamline high-quality PDF map creation.

Map export feature

This feature enables users to seamlessly export map views from Optioneer directly into PDF format with just one click. Each PDF includes a detailed map view, a location context map, and a legend detailing route or site options, active GIS layers, and any visible polygons. This feature enables the creation of high-quality visual materials suitable for reports or public consultations, simplifying external documentation and presentation efforts directly from the platform.

πŸ’‘Why is this a game-changer?

  • Simplified external communication: Facilitates the creation of high-quality materials for reports or public events directly from Optioneer, enhancing the accuracy and comprehensiveness of external communications.

  • Seamless user experience: Integrates a crucial workflow step within Optioneer, eliminating the need to use other software for exporting map data, and providing a complete, end-to-end experience.

  • Automated data processing: Automates the traditionally manual process of preparing map data, saving time and reducing errors.

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