Vernadero provides the following Planning Services:
Military Master Planning is the systematic and orderly development of Military
Installations that includes not only the cantonment area, but also the ranges and training areas that are central to the Installation’s Mission.
Vernadero’s military planners are tasked with integrating civilian and military interests to produce a Master Plan that is unified and comprehensive and establishes an Installation’s vision and future blueprint to effectively managing its real property that supports mission requirements, focusing on investments and insuring proper and adequate funding.
Real Property Master Planning is a continual, collaborative, and integrated process, primarily performed at the installation level, reflective of mission requirements, yet strongly influenced by the plans, guidance, and initiatives of higher headquarters. An installation RPMP is, therefore, the principal real property management tool in support of overall installation real property operation, management, development, privatization, realignment, cleanup, and disposal.
Vernadero’s military planners provides DoD Installations with a well-prepared RPMP that expresses a long-term commitment to provide high-quality, sustainable, enduring installations that cover a 20-year planning horizon and provides the map to executing that commitment.
Various methods of spatial analysis are commonly used in land-use plans and site selection studies. Land-use suitability analysis and locational analysis are tools used to identify the most suitable places for locating future land uses and the potential impacts associated with various locational decisions. Suitability and locational analysis enable environmental managers and planners to analyze the interactions among three types of factors: location, development actions, and environmental elements to produce justified decisions based on statistically valid data.
Vernadero has a vast amount of experience in conducting demographic and economic analyses to support Army and Army Reserve clients in researching and analyzing environmental impacts as part of the NEPA process. The process involves reviewing the latest census data, city and county population projections, and neighborhood characteristics to determine if a project has the potential to impact population growth rates, land uses, or population density.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) employ a host of tools that facilitate the cost-effective collection, storage, manipulation, visualization and analysis of spatially-referenced data. Vernadero’s seasoned professionals use GIS technology for the simultaneous display and analysis of multiple data layers, and have the ability to model ecosystems as they exist in the real world. Whether modeling a natural ecosystem or urban environment, simulation at the system scale helps to gain an overall understanding of a variety of complex issues. Not only does a system-wide analysis have the ability to examine inter-related issues, but also facilitates better management and planning of critical resources. Vernadero has extensive experience deploying GIS technology to succeed in attaining the U.S. Army’s overall strategy for sustainability and more efficient resource management.
Sound facility and infrastructure management decisions can be made with increased reliability and efficiency if geographically referenced asset information is used by facility managers during the decision making process. A proactive asset management program can reduce operating costs and enhance the life span of infrastructure systems. For nearly a decade, Vernadero has helped to close the information gap between U.S. Army and Army Reserve facility managers and the infrastructure assets they manage on a day-to-day basis. Vernadero engineers and scientists have mapped numerous Military facilities by using scientific equipment to locate below ground utilities, analyzing health of below ground utility systems through camera and dye testing, and using sub-centimeter Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to record location and attribute data such as type, age, and condition.
In order to manage environmental resources effectively, environmental managers need to know where resources are currently and historically located. Vernadero’s field biologists, archaeologists, and wetland scientists are skilled at identifying and mapping resources in the field using the latest GPS technology. Vernadero has utilized GPS to map sensitive species locations, habitat boundaries, archaeological sites, and wetlands.
Vernadero’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team knows that in order to operate both desktop and enterprise GIS, a sound database must first be developed. Data quality, format, schema and access are all important considerations in developing the most robust and reliable GIS possible, regardless of the size or complexity of the system.
When designing a system we take the time to properly plan its implementation, saving time and headaches down the road. Vernadero is familiar with GIS database design, planning, management and development, especially as related to requirements of the U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC), Installation Geospatial Information and Services (IGI&S) program.
Public Involvement is the process of incorporating stakeholder’s opinions into early stages of project planning to ensure public support, transparency, and acceptance. Federal laws and regulations often require public participation, shared decision-making, and openness throughout the design and impact analysis stages of a project. Vernadero’s public involvement specialists recognize that every project is different and each requires a customized approach to select the best strategies and tools to ensure effective stakeholder participation. Vernadero staff have designed and implemented public involvement programs ranging from simple brochures to complex community relations plans.
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