Today’s guest post by Gary McDonald – Architect Segment Lead, Ordnance Survey Land & Property, gives an insight into architects using location data.
In a recent piece of market research we carried out, 90% of the architects who responded wanted to reduce general costs and 71% were intending to do this through increasing efficiency. As it is thought that architects spend up to 50% of their time collecting data for their projects, Ordnance Survey can play a key role in helping to improve efficiency and service levels to achieve this objective.
For example, at the feasibility stage of their projects, architects need to understand the grain of the built and natural environment, and require substantial information on road layouts and access points, or the location of amenities such as local hospitals, GP surgeries, bus stops and so on. Increasingly they need 3D data to better communicate the context of ‘what could be’ in the context of ‘what is’. Using location data enables such information to be provided faster and more accurately than ever before.
Clearly, the whole construction sector is being subject to major change through the effects of the economic downturn and the drive to implement new methodologies to increase efficiency and effectiveness. For example, there is the push by government and private owners to realise efficiencies through the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM), which will be mandatory to Level 2 on all government projects by 2016.
With initiatives like the new National Planning Policy Framework and the localism agenda, enshrined in the Localism Act, requiring greater stakeholder engagement at the design stage in order for projects to secure planning permission, it is increasingly likely that stakeholders will insist on seeing realistic representations of the designs long before any ground is ever broken. This is where location data can really come into its own and prove to be invaluable by creating visualisations which can communicate complex design ideas more effectively to members of the public.
The lessons we’ve learnt with our architectural clients can just as easily be applied to the wider market and to those elsewhere in the construction industry, such as property developers, housing associations, and end user AEC type professionals. By using location intelligence for analytical decision making, the industry is unlocking the true value of location data in solving real world problems, and ultimately making better decisions. Through this, Ordnance Survey and location data is making a powerful contribution to the social, economic and environmental fabric of Great Britain.