Marine Resource System MaRS wins an ESRI Innovations award

The Crown Estate's Marine Spatial Planning system (MaRS) has won the 2010 ESRI Award for Return on Investment.

12 May 2010

The award recognises MaRS's ability to demonstrate the value of improved planning in the marine environment. Multi-million pound savings can be delivered through robust evidence based spatial planning by avoiding conflicts between competing activities and creating a better investment climate. The award focuses on GIS projects that demonstrate a high level of return on investment. The submission by The Crown Estate was deemed to show strengths across a number of areas but was praised for the value delivered in increasing investment certainty around the Round 3 off shore wind programme.

Dr Tim Norman, senior manager planning, at The Crown Estate said: "The Crown Estate has invested in the development of a cutting edge spatial planning tool, MaRS, to help us manage our estate sustainably. We now have a more comprehensive understanding of the UK marine environment, the economic value of our marine estate and the often competing interests of marine users.  It's great to be recognised by the industry for our efforts."

ESRI UK is the leading provider of geographic information systems (GIS), helping businesses become more profitable and public service more efficient through a better understanding of the importance of location. The ESRI (UK) GIS Innovation Awards are designed to recognise ESRI customers' commitment to innovation and improvement through the successful deployment of GIS.