The result is a sustainable plan that exists in space and time – we don’t think so many variables have been brought together for this type of analysis anywhere else in the world.
MaRS Programme Manager
The Crown Estate manages a multi-billion pound portfolio across the UK of urban, rural and marine estates and plays a major role in the development of offshore renewables.
With a duty to maximise revenue and deliver profit to the Treasury, The Crown Estate needs to evaluate competing demands for the same space and balance the diverse interests of stakeholders. For example, building an oil pipeline over an area licensed for aggregate dredging would have lost dredging revenue of almost £120m.
The Crown Estate worked in partnership with Esri UK to develop a sophisticated Marine Resource System (MaRS), housing 450 national datasets and delivering one of the most comprehensive GIS data sources within the UK. The ability to run models simultaneously and automate the data analysis of up to 120 layers has saved over 300 days in six months, equating to £ 135,000 in staff costs.
The information now available in MaRS shows how the UK is one of the most attractive prospects for offshore wind development which is great for both our economy and providing us with new sources of energy. MaRS is used to map existing demand and future potential of marine estates, helping The Crown Estate to select areas to develop whilst mitigating conflicting interests.