SYSTRA assess and report on environmental impacts of development related transport through the Transport chapter of the EA. We also provide bespoke advice on transport related air quality and noise including assessment using DMRB or industry recognised modelling tools, including ADMS Air Quality Dispersion Modelling and CADNA-A mapping of road traffic noise. We also undertake noise monitoring and assessment.
Our Environmental Management services include:
Design, physical works, and construction - Environmental and Social Management Plans
Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMP) are a critical tool in the management of environmental performance on a project. SYSTRA produce comprehensive Design, Construction and Intrusive Survey Environmental and Social Management Plans in accordance with industry standards, ensuring that an agreed strategy is in place to identify, manage and mitigate environmental, social, ecological and sustainability risks and opportunities throughout the life of the project. As part of the ESMP process, SYSTRA undertake environmental and social risk assessments to help your project not only avoid negative community impacts but also identify opportunities to deliver social value by reviewing and assessing local community issues and needs. Through these documents, SYSTRA can provide your project with a robust framework through which the project aims and objectives can be proactively managed to maximise environmental compliance and sustainable performance.
Environmental coordination, full environmental assessment and site appraisals
Site Waste Management Plans & Material Management Plans
SYSTRA can produce Site Waste Management Plans (SWMP) and Material Management Plans (MMP) tailored to your project needs to help you understand your anticipated construction, demolition and excavation waste, manage the production of waste and re-use of material on site. These documents include information on anticipated waste streams, how waste could be avoided, reduced and recycled in line with the waste hierarchy, and processes that should be followed to allow material to be re-used on site. Robust waste and material management plans can assist in demonstrating legal compliance and understanding and reducing your waste disposal costs on a project.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Data management
Complex projects require powerful analysis tools in order to better understand and manage the environmental risks. SYSTRA have substantial expertise in the use of GIS and in adapting and analysing environmental data from a wide range of sources including the Environment Agency, Natural England, Historic England and DEFRA. GIS software gives us the ability to visualise the project and surrounding land impacts and analyse the proposed design against environmental constraints to identify any areas of concern and track development of the design over time. Through the use of GIS software, SYSTRA are able to provide project teams with an invaluable management tool, giving clients, contractors, engineers and project managers the ability to view the evolution of design overlaid on to mapping to view constraints.
Through our use of the ARCGIS collector app, we can collect and map ecological data against industry defined standards (JNCC) in real-time with the ability to draw exact boundaries on site using OS data. This allows us to deliver significant time and cost savings and improved accuracy of data. SYSTRA are also able to undertake biodiversity and habitat assessments using the DEFRA biodiversity metric and use this in conjunction with GIS data to provide visual habitat mapping of net losses and gains.
Environmental Features Mapping (GIS)
SYSTRA specialise in the production of high quality environmental feature maps displaying a projects’ environmental constraints. We use the latest GIS packages such as QGIS, ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro to manage, manipulate and display environmental and ecological GIS data as it relates to your project location. Our environmental features maps can be fully tailored to your project needs and can provide essential information on nearby environmental constraints such as protected wildlife sites, protected species, listed buildings and other statutory and non-statutory designations. These can be delivered as single sheet PDFs or as an interactive online map which can be viewed and interrogated anytime, anywhere via web browser with no specialised software required. Furthermore, multiple design options can be viewed alongside one another allowing your project team to identify any potential issues during engineering meetings and develop alternative, improved designs.