MaRS wins Association for Geographic Information ‘Innovation and Achievement, Return on Investment’ award

The Crown Estate's marine resource system, MaRS, has won a fourth award for 'Innovation and Achievement, Return on Investment' from the Association for Geographic Information (AGI). This new award, open to all sector organisations, was created to recognise "best practice" in the financial justification of investment in geospatial technology.

02 December 2010

MaRS the first integrated marine asset planning system for the UK and possibly worldwide, won the award as it has demonstrated an extensive evidence base with rich analysis functionality in a robust system. This has not only benefited The Crown Estate's working practices but also enabled the first ever prediction of opportunities for its marine assets. The substantial outlay is expected to create multi million pound business benefits, in potential mitigated losses, efficiency gains and new revenues. The knowledge gained in developing MaRS has been shared with Norwegian government departments, Isle of Man and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States, and with other administrations including the UK Government's Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Marine Scotland.

The AGI exists to represent the interests of the UK's geographic information (GI) industry; a wide-ranging group of public and private sector organisations, suppliers of GI software, hardware, data and services, consultants, academics and interested individuals. The AGI, by way of its unique membership forum, brings together this previously disparate GI community to share ideas on best practice, experience and innovation, and offers access to unparalleled networking opportunities with significant business benefits. It aims to avoids partisan positions and tries to act on behalf of the community as whole. Since its formal inception in 1989, it has built up a significant membership base and established itself as the respected voice in GI.

This award follows on from the Esri UK award for 2010 Return on Investment, Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the 30th Annual Esri International Users Conference (Esri UC) and being the medallist in the business project of the year award at the BCS and Computing UK IT Industry Awards 2010.