Ramboll was appointed as a sub-consultant to Carbon Trust Resources Ltd to deliver the Scotland National Heat Map on behalf of Resource Efficient Scotland and the Scottish Government.
This project started in October 2013 and the main part of the work concludes this week with training for all 32 Scottish local authorities at venues in Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The Scotland National Heat Map will be a powerful tool that will enable users to visualise and assess who needs heat, where sources of heat could come from, and how these could be connected efficiently to reduce the cost of heat supply and carbon intensity of heat generation. It can also be used, in conjunction with other spatial datasets, to illustrate the socio-economic benefits of changing existing paradigms of heat supply.
The project is the result of a major collaboration between the main organisations listed above along with over 100 different organisations contributing data to the project.
Ramboll delivered this project using team members from Edinburgh, London and Copenhagen offices. Project Manager Paul Steen praised the team effort: “I am delighted with the way the team worked together and complemented one another to deliver this project. It required a number of experts based across multiple offices and the delivery is testament to web site interactive communication and the Ramboll project management tools.”
A flexible system
The heat map dataset is very flexible and uses a Geographic Information System (GIS) interface which allows analysis with other spatial datasets. It is expected to be used to identify opportunities for district heating and to provide initial data for analysis in development of feasibility studies for these projects. Morten Bjerrum, senior GIS manager said: “The heat map project has really emphasised Ramboll’s expertise in using GIS as an integrated tool in our business and in handling and communicating complex data”.