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Duke of Edinburgh opens new Ordnance Survey head office

05 October 2011

Yesterday, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened Ordnance Survey's new head office in Southampton.

During his visit The Duke experienced how Ordnance Survey uses 3D technology, similar to that found in cinemas, to pinpoint changes to the landscape. The Duke also met one of Ordnance Survey’s 250 surveyors, who make 5,000 changes a day to the digital mastermap of Great Britain using satellite technology accurate to just a few centimetres.

The Duke then addressed staff at the mapping agency before unveiling a commemorative plaque. The Duke said: "I know from just in the ordinary course of events using Ordnance Survey maps what a remarkable service it provides for people all over the country. And I do hope you feel what an enormous contribution you’re making to life in this country."

Children from the nearby Explorers nursery were also invited to meet the Duke and waved Union Flags as he arrived and left the building.

More photos from the day can be viewed on the Ordnance Survey Flickr photostream.

The Duke, with Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, Ordnance Survey Director General and Chief Executive, meets a surveyor.

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Contact: Rob Andrews, Head of Corporate Communications

Email: rob.andrews@ordnancesurvey.co.uk

Phone: (+44) 023­80 05 5563

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