Launch of virtual Chief Data Officer service

We are pleased to announce the launch of our virtual Chief Data Officer service as another way to help clients improve how they manage and exploit their data.

The service is targeted at organisations who may be reliant on effective data exploitation and data management, but may not be large enough to be able to appoint a dedicated Chief Data Officer (CDO).

Having support from a virtual CDO allows organisations to quickly and flexibly start to gain control of their data assets, to be able to understand where inefficiencies may exist and increase levels of compliance. This is particularly important for regulated organisations or those who process Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and will fall under the remit of the GDPR regulations.

For more information, download the related flyer or contact us to discuss your requirements.


We’re hiring – Looking for data evangelists

We always keeps our eyes and ears open for those people who understand how powerful data can be for organisations, when managed properly, and who do not get swayed by ‘sexy’ software when the input data cannot be relied upon.

Are you:

  • Passionate about data and how it can improve the performance of organisations?
  • Irritated by the lack of structure and consistency in approaches to data quality management?
  • Frustrated by the tolerance/acceptance of poor data?
  • Interested in the human and organisational aspects of data?
  • Concerned about the protection and management of personal and sensitive data?
  • A data management consultant or interested in becoming one?
  • Able to based in London or the Midlands of the UK with some opportunities for travel?
  • Perhaps someone who has experience of data management in transport/ utilities/ infrastructure or awareness of BIM?
  • Looking for a challenging and rewarding consultancy role?

If so, then why not get in contact ( so we can explore our shared passion for data in more detail?


DPA supports CRA in their new GDPR accelerator service

DPA are pleased to announce that we are supporting CRA in the delivery of a ‘GDPR accelerator service’ – see here for more details. DPA will be providing support in data discovery, data quality analysis and data profiling in order to support clients understand their information architecture from a GDPR perspective.

CRA are one of Europe’s largest and most influential risk analysis consultancies, with a significant experience in safety critical infrastructure organisations, hence the good alignment with DPA.

The importance of having a spatial view of your assets

Figure 1 train-born LIDAR image, courtesy of SSI

Asset management systems that don’t store spatial data, in my view, can cause significant hindrance to your organisation.


Whatever your assets, there are many spatial-based techniques to capture data about assets:

  • Drones or planes capturing LIDAR data (a laser scanning technique that captures point cloud data);
  • Aerial imagery; and
  • Various other remote condition monitoring techniques which have a spatial representation.

But if your asset register can’t store spatial data, it is still very hard to “join” or “align” this captured data to the asset record. So why does this matter? (more…)