Feasibility Study for GIS-based Office Relocation Proposal of Volvo, Bangalore, India

The objective of the study was to assess the attrition risk of Volvo employees due to office relocation and suggesting suitable transport strategies to the new office location. As an outcome, the study has been successfully able to help the client decide on the most suitable relocation scenario among various possible options.

Date: June 2011 - October 2011
Duration: 5 months
Client: Volvo 3P Ltd, Bangalore

Project overview

From urban planning context, the project was approached by a quick city-level analysis using the knowledge and experience of overall city level dynamics, especially against the backdrop of Revised Master Plan for Bangalore-2015.

The merit of the new location was assessed against availability of various physical and social amenities like housing, physical infrastructure, water availability, accessibility to education and health facilities etc. A detailed analysis of employee database and employee survey data was used against GIS-based network analysis to quantify the risk of employee attrition and further to decide on the most suitable relocation scenario.

As a major outcome, the transport-related analysis with the help of GIS was able to derive a set of tangible options and variables related to public transport options vis-a-vis employee locations. It also suggested concrete strategies for future transport arrangement by the client for its employees.

The approach and method used was unique in utilizing the specialization in GIS capabilities, territorial knowledge and experience in the practice of urban planning for Bangalore city. Egis came up with innovative solutions using the full capabilities of GIS to launch GIS analyses through the geo-localization of the entire staff. Based on various social indicators, the GIS platform was utilized to arrive at strengths and weaknesses of the relocation and what the resultant attrition rate may be. It was possible to derive the time taken to reach the new office for various types of vehicles using network analysis.

A GIS viewing tool was also created for the client for its further use.

Our missions

Urban Planning Analysis

  • City-level analysis and survey of identified location
  • Sector-wise and overall SWOT analysis of identified location
  • Questionnaire survey of employees
  • Assessing attrition risk by deriving suitable methodology customized for specific client requirement
  • Suggesting suitable strategy and options for transport vis-a-vis various employee locations including detailed analysis on last-mile connectivity

Spatial Analysis

  • Linking of employee database, survey results with employee geo-location
  • Time-distance Area of Influence study based on the type of vehicle through Network Analysis during peak-hours and off peak hours
  • Generation of statistics to compare the existing scenario and the new proposed location
  • Preparation of Multi-Criteria weighted spatial and non-spatial analysis to assess the impact
  • Preparation of three alternate scenarios
  • Identification of the 'least-impact' scenario
  • Provision of a GIS viewer solution to the client