Know where you are with our OS Locate app

gemmaHave you tried out our latest iOS app, OS Locate? It’s perfect for pinpointing your exact location when you’re exploring Great Britain. It’s designed to be used alongside an Ordnance Survey map, and the app converts GPS location readings from a mobile phone to Ordnance Survey National Grid references, helping you determine precisely where you are on one of our maps.

OS Locate is free to download and, importantly, it doesn’t need a mobile signal to function, so the inbuilt GPS system can be relied upon, even in the most remote areas. It can be used as a useful tool for walkers, cyclists, runner, canoeists, horse riders and many more people. Continue reading “Know where you are with our OS Locate app”

Using address data to help the smart meter rollout

The rollout of smart meters is set to begin in the UK in autumn 2015 and revolutionise the utilities market, giving customers greater control and management of their consumption. Making the rollout happen is presenting a challenge for the market as they manage the logistics of installing a smart meter in every home in the country, with the gas and electricity industries currently identifying and locating their meters in different ways and using different addressing systems and formats.


The two industries define addresses in different ways – by meter location for the electricity companies and via premises address for gas.  This makes it difficult to match addresses to meter point references across different systems and organisations.  One way around this is by using a unique property reference to provide accurate and consistent address referencing when exchanging data. Ordnance Survey’s address data (above) pinpoints every property with a specific identifying number – the unique property reference number (UPRN) and by linking the UPRN to meter point references, this could benefit the utilities sector.  Continue reading “Using address data to help the smart meter rollout”

New building height data released

Customers of our OS MasterMap Topography Layer can now access  information on the heights of almost 20 million buildings across Great Britain with the alpha release of our building height attributes. Released on 17 March, OS MasterMap Topography Layer – Building Height Attribute is a product enhancement to OS MasterMap Topography Layer, and available to licence holders at no additional cost.

SBH_on OSMM plain

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Try our racetrack map quiz

When it comes to motor-racing, it’s often Formula 1 that grabs the headlines, especially right now with the 2014 season about to get underway this weekend. And when it comes to British racing tracks, most people would name Silverstone (shown below), Brands Hatch or Donington and then struggle to add more names.

All three of these racing circuits have hosted the British Grand Prix in Formula 1 – Silverstone is the current host, and held it’s first F1 race in 1948; Donington hosted the 1993 race, won by the late Ayrton Senna; and Brands Hatch has hosted 12 F1 races, taking place between 1964 and 1986. But in fact, we have a number of other race tracks in Britain for motor-racing, motorcyles and even karting.


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Walk of the week: Windmill Hill, Avebury Stone Circle and the Sanctuary

Length of route: 8.5 miles
Starting point: SU 099 722
Suitable for: Walking
Maps: OS Explorer Map 157 – Marlborough and Savernake Forest
Download our OS MapFinder app and record your route
Use OS getamap
Or drop us a message on the blog and we can email you the GPX route


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Map reading workshops with Cotswold Outdoor

Book your place onto our 2014 series of free map-reading workshops with Cotswold Outdoor stores. The workshops are free to attend and are delivered by Ordnance Survey experts. They are aimed at beginners and seek to provide attendees with the confidence to enjoy exploring the outdoors. On the day you’ll be taken through basic map reading skills including mapping and compass reading.

The workshops last for one hour and there will be an opportunity to speak to the experts and browse the store. Tickets are free and can be picked up or reserved over the phone at the store. Tickets are limited so please get organised and book in advance to secure your space. Contact your local store to book a place, you can see the list of dates and venues below. Continue reading “Map reading workshops with Cotswold Outdoor”

Happy 50th birthday to the city of Southampton!

Monday 24 February marks the 50th anniversary of Southampton being awarded city status by royal charter. Southampton City Council have organised events to mark the anniversary, but we’re marking the celebration with some maps.


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Behind the scenes: how our surveyors record change

We’re often asked about how our surveyors carry out their work, and particularly how they cope in adverse weather conditions. Our blogging surveyor Dom Turnor, gives his take on surveying in the recent wet weather.

The Telegraph reported at the end of January, that we have had the wettest January since records began over 100 years ago, with some parts of Britain receiving two times the average rainfall for the month. Whilst this has caused devastation and considerable heartache across the country, the job of a field surveyor goes on; we have deadlines to meet and customers to serve and they need new or amended data to appear on our maps so they can go about their business.


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Thinking of applying for our graduate scheme? Hear from our 2013 intake

Are you in your final year at university, studying a post-graduate course, or have you graduated in the last three years? If so, you may be starting to think about your next career move. Our graduate scheme could be the right path for you. Get a feel for Ordnance Survey by hearing from our 2013 graduates. 


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Interested in location-based tech? Enter our Developer Challenge!

Today’s guest blog is via TechHub and Locappy.

Last Thursday saw TechHub host the first in a brand new series of events, ‘The Future of… Location Based Tech’ and they were very pleased to have four top speakers sharing their knowledge of where the future of location based tech may end up taking us.

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