Aerial View of Landscape

Route Development and Analysis

Keeping you on the right path

Route development and analysis begins in the feasibility stage, when our GIS group collects data for the area of interest and maps it out to examine possible impacts. For example, transportation data is used to determine the potential number of crossings, which can give a rough estimate of bores and HDDs. Mapping High Population Areas (HPA) and Other Populated Areas (OPA) allows us to anticipate potential High Consequence Areas (HCA) and increased class location. We then share this information with project managers and clients.

When routing is initiated, this geospatial data enables our team to choose the path that best suits the client, the local communities, and the environment. In the pre-construction stage, GIS specialists collaborate with other PCS groups and third-party contractors to perform further studies of PIs, field bends, trench breakers, and more.

Our route development and analysis can help lay the foundation of any successful PCS project.


Our route analysis covers a broad range of factors and employs numerous data types from many sources. The following is a sample of the data we use in our initial assessment:

  • Jurisdictional boundaries
  • Unusually Sensitive Areas (USAs)
  • Waters and wetlands
  • Natural disaster hazards
  • Slope analysis
  • Soil composition
  • Depth-to-bedrock
  • Transportation and utility networks
  • High Population Areas (HPA) and
    Other Populated Areas (OPA)
  • Imagery
  • And more
Capabilities :: GIS - Route Analysis