Frequently Asked Questions

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What exactly is a Transect Report?

A Transect Report is an automated environmental report.  The Transect Report for Natural Resources automates what is often referred to as a 'desktop report' or 'environmental constraints report'...among the many other names the industry has for this type of report.  A Transect Report provides the answer to the question, "What potential environmental problems might be on my project?" And, in contrast to the current standard turnaround time of days or weeks for this report, Transect provides answers in less than ten minutes with typically one business day turnaround for the expert review.

Why would I need a Transect Report?

Any temporary or permanent impacts to land in the U.S. needs the information provided in a Transect Report in order to ensure that the project is in compliance with state and federal environmental regulations. And sure, you could "hold off on environmental" until a few weeks or months into the project to find out what environmental roadblocks you might face - but why wait when Transect highlights your environmental problems in minutes, without the high cost of a consultant?

Why should I start my project with Transect?

Since our report is automated, Transect is available night and day and never has a backlog. At times, the Transect Report will highlight environmental issues that should be further addressed, and a consultant may be a good choice to help solve the problem. However, don't you want to know about those as soon as possible without spending a ton? Starting with Transect provides immediate and cost-effective insight into what additional surveys, reports, permits, etc. for which you should be prepared.

How can I know a Transect Report is accurate?

Every report has an extensive reference list showcasing the best available data and insight. An average Transect report has 40 or more references. Our data is also regularly updated, and many data sources are monitored daily.

How is this different than collecting geospatial data?

Collecting the data is only the beginning. You also need to know how the data affects your project. Transect developed custom algorithms to provide site-specific regulatory information for each Transect Report so that users can understand their regulatory risk in just minutes and proceed with confidence.

How are you able to offer these reports at such a low price?

Transect leveraged technology with years of in-house environmental expertise to create a user-friendly platform that practically eliminates the repetitive, labor-intensive research that is typically conducted as part of an environmental constraints analysis. We conduct the research ONE time, then make that information 'automagically' available in applicable Transect Reports. The cost savings from the labor reduction is passed on to you, the user.

How is a Transect Report different than a Phase I ESA?

Transect is not a Phase I ESA and does not provide the same information found in a Phase I ESA.  A Phase I ESA searches for issues related to hazardous contamination liabilities and is conducted in accordance with ASTM Standard E1527-13.  Transect searches for risk associated with natural resources issues like wetlands, endangered species, historic resources, protected areas, etc., in accordance with the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, respectively (these are just the most-well recognized rules – we assess dozens of state and federal environmental rules for each project). Check out our blog post on this topic here.

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