Gaist COVID-19 Statement – 25/03/2020

As a company we are, like many others, operating in unprecedented circumstances

As you may know our vehicles survey assets and infrastructure on behalf of utilities companies, local authorities, central government and other bodies responsible for maintaining infrastructure and performing critical works vital to the normal functioning of a range of services and provisions that people are relying on. The Government currently considers telecommunications and highways safety work critical, including maintaining these related networks, and the imagery that our vans collect helps ensure maintenance activities can continue with fewer people surveying on site (in person). Accordingly our field staff are designated as ‘key workers’ as a result of this which means you may see our vehicles surveying the country throughout this period of uncertainty to help maintain your infrastructure and keep vital services running.

As a company we take our field staff operating under current circumstances incredibly seriously. All of our vans have a range of PPE equipment on board and we have rigorously briefed our staff on the conduct we expect in the current situation and in minimising contact – we review the situation and our internal briefings on a daily basis in line with Government/PHE guidelines.


Surveying global critical infrastructure

Gaist is a multi-award winning international highways and mobile mapping company.

We have the most comprehensive, up-to-date national bank of high resolution roads and asset infrastructure imagery. Our advanced digital and automated processes then gives us the power to supply customers with the highest level of detail, analysis and modelling of their infrastructure.

Our customers in the UK and internationally include local authorities, central government departments, software asset management companies, utilities suppliers, private infrastructure owners and highways maintenance contractors.


Our advanced highways surveys and analysis places us the forefront of innovation in the highways industry internationally.


Telecoms & Utilities

Our geo-referenced roads and footways data and intelligence (which is added to daily) is a crucial resource for telecoms and utilities companies, network planners, project and asset managers to design, plan and execute roll out and upgrade projects.


Consulting & Technical Services

Our professional services team provides a range of consulting and technical services to external organisations allowing them to plan, design and implement programmes that are tailored to their requirements.


Leading the way in roadscape and highways information

Data on the roadscape environment is integral to highways authorities, asset owners, utilities companies and others. Here at Gaist we have the most accurate and immersive data available. This includes:

369,734 km

of data spanning 7 years.

Over 2 billion megabytes of data or just under
2 petabytes which is equivalent to over 500,000
worth of data storage

Our clients view approximately 1,252,135
images per day, at peak usage we provide
access to around 104 images per second.

Over 1.8 billion

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the best insight into critical road infrastructure available in the world.

Adopting reduced emissions approach to meet Local Authority needs

Local highway authorities can undertake detailed, video road condition surveys safe in the knowledge that the carbon emissions are now being offset. This meets the current needs of all councils’ current aim to reduce emissions used across their assets and the services they deliver. Local...

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BridgeCAT helps assess Herefordshire floods damage

BridgeCAT, the pioneering mobile-bridge inspection system developed by Gaist and Cumbria County Council and funded by the Department for Transport, is being deployed in Herefordshire to help assess the flood damage following last month’s devastating storms. BridgeCAT uses a sonar device, depth sensor and underwater...

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Gaist founder winner in prestigious business awards

London, 07th November We are delighted to announce that Steve Birdsall, Gaist’s founder and chief executive, won the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Heropreneur Awards – the awards that celebrate outstanding business achievements by former Armed Forces personnel. The awards are supported by...

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Meet the Team: Andy Crook

In the latest in our Meet the Team series, Andy Crook, who directs and manages our fleet of video equipped ‘data-capture’ vans, takes time out to give us the lowdown on life at the Gaist coal-face…..  What does your day-to-day role involve? My main responsibilities...

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