Rocktail Bay Footprint DelineationGIS
Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park lodge reopening feasibility study
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a UNESCO world heritage site that includes a wide variety of habitats. Our client owns a currently inoperative lodge which has been out of service from 2008 in the region. The client is currently evaluating the feasibility of reopening the lodge, which includes plans to perform upgrades across all the existing facilities.
GCS was contracted to provide geospatial expertise across the project site to delineate the footprints of the existing structures on the site. GCS therefore commissioned an aerial Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) survey to capture detailed information relating to the exact heights across the project area.
GCS was able to extract the buildings from the survey data set using a series of algorithms to detect planar features that deviate from the dense tree canopy in the region. The extracted footprints provided survey grade information detailing the location and size of each building across the lodge, along with unnatural surfaces that includes roads and pathways.
In addition to the footprint delineation exercise, GCS was also provided vital input into the lodge upgrade designs which included slope analysis, visual assessments as well as optimal route analysis for all walkways connecting the lodge to the beach.