LANDSCAPE & VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (VIA)
Ecoscape has extensive experience in the preparation of visual landscape planning and visual impact assessments within the metropolitan area and throughout regional Western Australia. We have worked closely with private enterprise, government and community organisations in the preparation of assessments, and are often called upon as an expert witness by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).
Landscape assessment identifies key landscape values to assist in the development of landscape management strategies and design guidelines for future development. Strategies aim to provide developers and stakeholders with guidelines that will ensure the appropriate management of landscape character and the retention of key landscape values. The assessment process integrates the visual, cultural, biophysical and landscape values, resulting in a narrative that gives meaning to the landscape which can inform the design and provide a link to the history of the site, and also mitigate potential visual impacts.
We combine the skills of our landscape architects and spatial planners who use AutoCAD and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyse the many layers of a landscape to produce maps that clearly illustrate the characteristics of the visual landscape.
Ecoscape has developed innovative methods through the use of CAD and GIS image processing techniques to assess potential visual impacts of a project in context of the surrounding landscape. The resulting photo montages and 3D visualisations enables the viewer to clearly see the changes to a landscape from any angle.
Ecoscape offers a range of services in Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments including:
- Landscape Assessment to identify and evaluate the existing landscape and visual elements
- Visual Impact Assessment to identify the likely visual impacts on the landscape
- Terrain surface modelling
- Viewshed analysis
- Cross section analysis
- High quality photo montages
- Built mass visualisations
- Structure design and visualisation
- 3D fly-throughs.
Ecoscape has successfully completed the following Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments (VIAs):
- South West Marra Mamba VIA, Rio Tinto
- Western Turner Syncline Stage 2 Iron Ore Mine VIA, Rio Tinto
- Turee Syncline Iron Ore Mine VIA, Rio Tinto
- Cape Lambert Power Station VIA, Rio Tinto
- Strategic Borrow Pit VIA, Rio Tinto
- Newmont Boddington Gold Life Of Mine Extension Project VIA, Newmont
- National Broadband Network (NBN) Boddington VIA, Daly International
- WA Police Communication Facilities VIA, Daly International
- Solar Farm VIA, Verve Energy
- Nilgen Wind Farm VIA, Pacific Hydro
- Solomon Iron Ore Project VIA, Fortescue
- Baldivis Substation Landscape Assessment and VIA, Western Power
- Hackett’s Gully To Wells Terminal Transmission Line Upgrade VIA, Western Power
- Pinjar To Eneabba And Eneabba To Moonyoonooka Transmission Line Upgrade VIA, Western Power
- Roe Highway Stage 7 VIA, Roe 7 Alliance
- South West Metropolitan Railway VIA, Perth Urban Rail Development
- Gracetown Redevelopment VIA, LandCorp
- Dongara to Cape Burney Visual Landscape Evaluation, Department of Planning
- Kwinana Landfill Tip Site Landscape & VIA, Waste Stream Management Pty Ltd.
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