Solution proposed by:
Mott MacDonald Ltd
In a Nutshell:
Apollo is a collaborative web-based GIS that manages environmental and land ownership data to enable the delivery of complex urban solutions
Where and When:
Apollo was developed in 2011 to support delivery of High Speed Rail from London and Birmingham in the UK but has now been extended to other UK cities as well as selected international sites.
): Environmental and land ownership issues can represent the biggest barriers to delivery of complex urban solutions. Failure to manage data correctly can lead to non-compliance with the relevant standards and threaten scheme viability. Apollo draws together all the relevant data in a single system which can be accessed by client, consultant and the wider supply chain.
For successful project delivery, meeting all quality, time and budget requirements, it is necessary to overcome numerous challenges: the need for a very large, multi-discipline, geographically widespread, collaborative project team. services are required from Mott MacDonald divisions and external specialists from major organisations and smaller consultancies each using differing software products; all work streams are subject to an ambitious delivery schedule and are not limited to a single discipline; an enormous quantity of information from a large number of providers is required by all of the teams, throughout the lifecycle of the project; accurate and rapid retrieval of stakeholder information is required due to the public facing nature of the works involved..
The common data environment of Apollo offers a repository to manage spatial and non-spatial data, stakeholder communication and documentation. All data is securely hosted in a class leading data centre. For a major application, Apollo provides instantaneous secure access to over 1,600 layers of information comprising over 2.1 terabytes. Sharing this between offices internally using traditional methods, would take over 18 days per transfer. Apollo currently manages data relating to 3,000 land owners with over 22,000 hectares of land. It also allows immediate access to over 10,500 land owner communications stored in the secure document management system. Apollo employs full workflow and quality assurance processes for collecting information. Data is fully auditable which is essential for any project for which land assembly and development is a priority.
Apollo is a high performance, high capacity cloud based server platform. Apollo ensures collaboration through provision of live project data from a centrally administered location, accessible via web browser. Apollo is designed to provide high quality geographically based information to users without the need for extensive training or additional software. The Apollo user interface is simple but powerful; users previously averse to using BIM/CAD systems, have found Apollo both essential and rewarding to use. Ensuring the latest revision is always available; edits to data are shared across the system in real-time, simplifying information transfer between collaborators and offices around the country. Across the HS2 project, Apollo serves over 500 users from over 24 different organisations; including HS2, Atkins, Capita and ARUP. Apollo has improved efficiency, encouraged collaboration and provided a means of sharing design and project information through a common data environment.
Apollo has enabled us to manage a highly complex set of land-ownership and environmental data in order to develop complex infrastructure in the urban context in a way which minimizes disruption and environmental damage. Efficient management of land-use data helps to minimize the impact on the population and also enables the public sector to minimise the net cost of investment.