Esri Ireland technology to help deliver sustainable public transport

Digital mapping specialist working closely with DBFL to help remove barriers to public transport use

Digital mapping specialist Esri Ireland has teamed up with DBFL Consulting Engineers to work on a new project that help remove barriers to public transport use.

The project, which is designed to deliver more sustainable public transport projects, will see Esri’s technology used to analyse catchment areas, evaluate walking times to bus stops and train stations, and propose new access routes for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Esri-designed solution, which is based on the company’s ArcGIS technology, will give DBFL the ability to view, analyse, and share geospatial data and maps across transportation and civil engineering projects.

“The use of accurate and up-to-date geospatial data is crucial as its existing and prospective customers increasingly require geospatial data and analysis as part of new project specifications,” said Jack Ffrench, account manager with Esri Ireland. “By using ArcGIS, DBFL has been able to improve insights into complex engineering projects, lower costs, and scale its business.”


Among its uses are the visualisation of the proportion of people using private, public, and active transport for work trips in Co Wicklow, and route, transport, and site audits in the field. Using the Esri technology, engineers can upload data and images from their mobile devices in real time while using the routes and share them to a central system that can be accessed by the team.

The system will also support growth at DBFL, allowing it to pitch for more projects and providing a more cost-effective and efficient way to deliver its work.

“ArcGIS Online is particularly effective for presenting our results in a non-technical way,” said DBFL’s Danny Pio Murphy. “Now that the technology is accessible to more engineers at DBFL, we can use it to add value to a larger number of projects, both in transportation and civil engineering.”

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist