Mapping the Rugby World Cup

Rugby is in the forefront of many fans minds at the moment with the Six Nations Championship well underway. It’s following just months after the hugely successful Rugby World Cup 2015 which was hosted by England, and an event at which we at OS can claim to have had a hand in its safe and secure running.

Events like the Rugby World Cup 2015, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and  the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, taking place in Great Britain, require a huge amount of contingency planning by our security services and the Government (UK and Devolved), often starting years ahead of the events themselves. Through our Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA), we provide a consistent national framework of geospatial data for the public sector. The analytical capability of our data means our Government customers can combine it with their own data and integrate it into event specific products and solutions  to make a real difference to their work.

The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

For significant events, including the Rugby World Cup 2015, we’re often called upon to provide extra information and services to support the planning and security. We’ve recently worked closely with the MoD Defence Geographic Centre to make available a significant amount of up-to-date data products, including OS MasterMap Imagery Layer, specifically focussed on the event. This included the capture and provision of high resolution aerial imagery across all 13 venues, four of which, Manchester, Wembley, Exeter and the Queen Elizabeth Park, were flown very close to the start of the event to ensure the imagery contained the maximum change and development happening on the ground.

City of Manchester Stadium

City of Manchester Stadium

To deliver this our Public Sector and Consultancy & Technical Services Team  work with our Operations and Flying Unit teams to identify the key targets and work the extra 95 km2 of imagery required into the flying schedule. After collection, production and product management teams then ensure that all significant change and development is updated in our most detailed OS MasterMap products.

This is just one of many ways that geographic data can support the delivery of services across Britain. There are many more examples available on our Case Studies page on the website.

If you would like to find out more about the PSMA, and who is eligible to join, click here.

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