GIS Services

Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, are computer-based tools used to store, visualize, analyze, and interpret geographic data in various layers within a composite basemap. Basemaps of varying complexity can be created by collecting and incorporating two forms of data: spatial and non-spatial.

Spatial data is further broken into two segments: vector data such as points, lines, and polygons and raster data, which is a grid of data composed of pixels or a cell containing a value often reproduced as an aerial image. Non-spatial data can be attributes associated and linked to specific spatial data on a basemap. Non-spatial data is typically conveyed through a table identifying characteristics of spatial data, such as the tree species or trunk size.

Furtado has a foundational background working with GIS tools and geospatial data and our experience allows F&A to support a variety of tasks such as utility replacement, systems integration, geotechnical stabilization, asset management, operations and maintenance activities, life & safety systems and right-of-way asset management including the conveyance of water, franchise and public utility infrastructure.

Furtado has worked with various government entities and has developed a broad perspective of organizational and technological structures that provide a foundation critical for assessing and navigating agency systems and GIS data. Data schema used in an asset management databases is highly complex, with many dependencies that are typically required to interface with a wide variety of different data types. 

F&A is capable of using a pre-existing schema or customizing a new schema in order to meet end user requirements. F&A works with a variety of software platforms such as Autodesk Civil 3D, Leica Cyclone, Trimble Business Center, ArcGIS Pro and TopoDOT for Bentley Microstation, providing us with the flexibility to accomplish our tasks in a format that benefits the project and stakeholders.