LVIA Photomontage

Macro Works is a leading consultancy firm specialising in Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA). Established in 1999, Macro Works provide a full suite of visual assessment, analysis, GIS mapping and simulation tools for a range of project types including;


  • Wind energy (over 100 projects);
  • Solar energy;
  • Electricity transmission infrastructure;
  • Communications masts;
  • Biomass facilities;
  • Pumped storage hydro;
  • Road schemes;
  • Railway infrastructure;
  • Marine energy facilities (wave, tidal and floating wind turbines);
  • Sewage treatment facilities;
  • Water supply infrastructure;
  • Port Developments;
  • Stadium developments;
  • Commercial mixed use developments;

Macro Works host a dedicated team of qualified and professionally affiliated specialists to fulfil the key roles within our business, namely: LVIA; photographic survey; GIS visibility analysis and mapping; photo-real graphics (static and animated), 3D architectural modelling and printing.

We retain many of the top private and semi-state Irish energy companies as clients and are the visual consultant of choice for numerous planning, engineering and environmental firms.

MacroWorks operates to the highest international standard

Macro Works operates to the highest international standards and recognised best practice for both the assessment of Landscape and Visual Impacts as well as the preparation of associated photomontages and visibility mapping. Macro Works is professionally affiliated to the Irish Landscape Institute (ILI), which is, in turn, associated with the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). Senior staff members also have corporate membership status with the ILI.

All appraisals are carried out in accordance with the ‘Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Assessment’, 3rd Edition, 2013 (Landscape Institute and Institute of Environmental management and Assessment).

All visualisations are carried out in accordance with the Landscape Institutes’ Advice Note 01/11 ‘Photography and photomontage in landscape and visual Impact Assessment.

Innovative Visibility Analysis

In addition to following best practice, Macro Works also endeavours to establish best practice through constant innovation that takes advantage of latest technologies.

Through our considerable experience with LVIA for a wide variety of developments, Macro Works has developed a suite of robust visual analysis tools. These have aided project team collaboration and provided objectivity and support to the LVIA for many projects. These tools include;

Reverse Viewshed Analysis

A GIS based process that aids the design of a scheme to reduce visual impacts from highly sensitive locations.

Route Screening Analysis (RSA)

An automated process for accurately analysing the extent of visibility of a proposed development from the surrounding transport network.

Drone Survey (terrain and land cover screening)

Macro Works use our own drone to survey and map three-dimensional terrain and land cover (hedgerows / forest plantations). This allows the generation of realistic visibility mapping to highlight the advantages of well-screened sites. It then also allows us to graphically illustrate the benefits of any proposed mitigation screen planting.

360° On-line photomontage viewer

A collaborative design team tool that can be used for comparing several draft project iterations in a full 360° context from key viewpoints.


Public consultation photomontage display units that closely replicate the way in which a proposal will actually appear in the landscape.

Live Layout modelling

A workshop-based collaborative design team tool for making real-time decisions on optimal scheme design in conjunction with a range of specialists.


Creative Mitigation

Macro Works’ landscape and visual assessment staff are all qualified Landscape Architects who are also experienced in delivering landscape design solutions for a range of commercial development types. This crossover of experience is invaluable when determining the most effective forms of mitigation for any particular development type. Working together with our technical staff in relation to visibility analysis and the appearance of a scheme from various vantage points, our designers can achieve dramatic reductions in the visual impact of developments using a combination of;


  • Colour, tone and texture treatments to blend with the surrounding landscape;
  • Minimising the apparent scale and massing of scheme elements through design;
  • Setback and buffering of prominent scheme elements from sensitive locations;
  • Landform and vegetative screening proposals;
  • Recreational and/or habitat enhancement:




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