Technology

Foothill Associates staff are experienced at applying the latest technology to transform raw data into visual representations. We are proficient with managing data to develop advanced databases for spatial analysis, tabulation, and resource management. Our technical specialists use data from CAD and GIS to create spatially accurate digital models, and simulated views from different viewpoints. Additionally, we are experienced with creating websites to provide public noticing and commenting efforts, as well as to provide ongoing information to communities.

 

Database Development

Foothill Associates is experienced with a number of database management systems, including Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, MySQL, ESRI File Geodatabases, ESRI Personal Geodatabases, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB. Our staff has experience in applications programming, database design and administration, data conversion , data validation, data collection, and inventorying in support of GIS and planning projects. Our data specialists understand the data collection process to identify what data is needed, develop field data protocol, inventory, and validation.

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GIS and Mapping

Foothill Associates’ GIS Division employs the latest GIS and Remote Sensing technology to produce base maps, land cover and land use maps, and sophisticated geospatial analysis. Our GIS staff provides a complete suite of technical services, from data collection to modeling, 3D simulation, and final project reporting.

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Visual Analysis

Foothill Associates has extensive experience evaluating aesthetics impacts of proposed projects. For projects located within sensitive view corridors and viewsheds, Foothill Associates’ staff members have analyzed potential visual impacts from key observation points, analyzed the degree of potential view interruption or degradation, created photo inventories, assessed community values relevant to surrounding views and architectural designs, and provided graphic depictions of existing views and anticipated view impacts using computer visual simulations. Foothill Associates has experience using Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and other visual/scenic assessment protocols for both CEQA and NEPA analyses.

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Website Development

Foothill Associates develops project websites to assist with a variety of public engagement efforts, including CEQA/NEPA public noticing and commenting, community updates on projects, and public opinion surveys. Web site content may include information about upcoming meetings, copies of technical memos, contact information, maps and plans, public comment forums, and other relevant information. We routinely assist clients with document and graphics postings for public review.

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