Business Change Research Scientist

Joseph's graduate story

Joseph's now a Business Change Research Scientist

I joined the OS grad scheme after studying physics at Bristol University two years ago. I’m in the Business Change and Innovation Team and have become known internally as something of an expert in the intricacies of 3D data!

One of the highlights of my work here has been using OS data to recreate the whole of Great Britain in Minecraft. We achieved a Guinness World Record for making the largest real-world place represented in the game.

Delve into the world of Minecraft, OS style

We’re always trying things out, and right now we’re at the cutting edge. I’m part of the team looking ahead at “what’s possible”, and how we might capture and present our data in the future. We get to play with all the latest technology and scanning equipment which pretty much ensures we never get bored.

What’s great is we’re finding answers to some global problems. I’ve been involved in projects from helping to define ‘Smart Cities’ globally, to aiding charities, to building tools for leadership to incorporate geography into the decision-making process. At OS, the projects and work we do actively makes a difference in this country and increasingly across the world. 

The theme of OS is change. We’re heading into the future, fast – all you have to do is set foot in this building and you’ll see and feel it. Innovation is pivotal to the direction we’re going in. The industry is rapidly evolving, and through innovation we aim to be at the forefront of this change. 

We’re without a doubt the best mapping agency in the world. I’m lucky to be part of it.