First Wind Adopts Sewall’s ATLAS System


National GIS firm James W. Sewall Company announces that First Wind has launched Sewall’s ATLAS Enterprise GIS Viewer and Publishing system. ATLAS, an innovative browser-based GIS solution, enables GIS staff to publish a wide variety of spatial data company-wide via a fast, intuitive, and interactive mapping application built on the Google Maps Enterprise API.

High-value environmental and ecospatial information for siting wind projects is now readily available to all staff through a self-service model, reducing the amount of time spent requesting, searching for, and handling data. Because the same information is available company-wide, ATLAS supports collaboration, decision making. and the strategic planning critical to wind energy siting and development.

“We are very excited about the release of the ATLAS system,” says Ryan Chaytors, First Wind’s director of development. “We worked with Sewall to design a solution that fits our unique business requirements, especially the fast pace of data-driven decision making. We were pleased with both the design and the execution. The new system has been received enthusiastically by users in a wide variety of roles within the company.”

ATLAS is based on the Google Maps platform, extended by unique Sewall technology that enables First Wind to publish proprietary GIS data from a variety of sources as either Microsoft SQL Server tables, or tiled images.

Founded in 1880, Sewall is an integrated team of geospatial, engineering, and natural resource consultants who partner with clients to create practical, sustainable solutions. The company’s diverse portfolio is based on 130 years’ experience in surveying and civil engineering; 60 years’ in aerial mapping; and 20 years’ in GIS and software application development. Sewall has nine offices in cities nationwide. To learn more go to First Wind is an independent North American wind energy company focused exclusively on the development, ownership, and operation of wind energy projects. First Wind is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information visit