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Behind the scenes

9
May
2019
3

Why we’re adjusting Naismith’s Rule

Guest blog by OS product manager Tim Newman.

If you’ve spent any time hillwalking or learning basic navigation skills, then chances are you’ve heard of Naismith and his eponymous rule for estimating walking times. It enables you, armed only with a paper map and a piece of string, to predict your route time or assess whether you’re quicker heading straight over a hill, or taking a longer detour round it.

Naismith’s Rule

Imperial  Metric
Allow one hour for every three miles walked. 

Add one hour for every 2000 ft of ascent. 

Allow one hour for every five kilometres walked. 

Add one hour for every 600 metres of ascent. 


Despite
a number of corrections that have been proposed over the years (e.g. to take into account fitness or slope gradient), Naismith’s Rule has remained a staple on navigation syllabi across the country and is still used by our digital mapping product OS Maps. Read More

7
May
2019
0

Meet the team: Marianne Pope

Continuing our series to introduce you to the wonderful individuals within OS and give you a snapshot of the variety of work we do, meet Marianne Pope. As a Product Manager, here she offers insight into her role from data to the Geospatial Commission… 

How long have you worked for OS?

I joined OS in November 2018 as a product manager within OSGB. Before that I worked as a product manager in the education sector. 

What does your role involve?

As a product manager, my main job is to set the vision for a product. The vision sets out the ‘why’ behind what we do and makes sure everyone is working towards the same goal. From the vision I draw up the roadmap and strategy for the product’s development while ensuring I balance the needs of our users with the needs of the business. I also spend a lot of time analysing data and carrying out user research to constantly measure product progress – this makes sure we stay on track towards our goals. Read More

24
Apr
2019
0

Spring is in the air and so is our Flying Unit!

Based out of East Midlands airport, our team are getting to grips with some new technology and a new aircraft for the 2019 flying season, which runs from the end of February to the end of October.  

This year, were excited to be adding two Vexcel Mark 3 UltraCam Eagle cameras and a Pressurised Beechcraft B200 King Air aircraft to our kit! In a bid to capture more imagery than ever before and to test efficiency with flights, the new cameras and plane are being flown higher and at faster speeds.

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12
Apr
2019
2

OS OpenData products now available in GeoPackage format

Four of our OS OpenData products are now available in GeoPackage format – an open standard from the Open Geospatial Consortium.

Following positive feedback on the GeoPackage format trial, where many of you asked us for a greater choice of formats, we made a commitment to make our data more accessible, interoperable and quicker to use.

On 10 April we released these four OS OpenData products in GeoPackage format, in addition to their existing formats:

  • OS Open Greenspace
  • OS VectorMap District
  • OS Terrain 50
  • Code-Point Open

The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that this list is longer than we originally announced. We hope to continue expanding the number of products available in additional formats. Read More

11
Apr
2019
0

Meet the team: Mark Greaves

Continuing our series to introduce you to the hard-working individuals within OS and showcase the wide variety of work we do, meet Mark Greaves. Mark has been with us for over 30 years and is definitely a fountain of knowledge here at OS! Here, he gives tells us more about how he keeps OS Net running…

How long have you worked for OS?

I have been at OS over 32 years and within this time held differing roles. I started as a Field Surveyor for 7 years, I then spent 1 year doing a HND in Surveying, 3 years as a Geodetic Surveyor, 1 year studying for an MSc in Engineering Surveying & Geodesy and 17 years as Geodetic Analyst. 

How long have you been in your current role?

I have been a Lead Consultant for Geodesy for almost 4 years. Read More

9
Apr
2019
1

OS employees take on the Global Challenge

If you haven’t heard of Virgin Pulse’s Global Challenge, it is a 100-day challenge to encourage employees to transform their health, wellbeing and engagement levels. With more than 3,000 participants around the world, the Global Challenge is one of the biggest and most highly-anticipated events on the workplace wellbeing calendar. According to their 2018 stats, 80% of participants felt it had a positive impact on their relationship with exercise while 65% said that their company offering membership made it a better place to work. 

Making up 22 teams, 154 colleagues from OS signed up! Since February they have been measuring their daily activity, setting goals and inspiring each other to make healthy choices. So far, we have raised £2,000 for Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity (our corporate charity) and this will only increase! Read More

26
Mar
2019
1

An OS history of the theodolite

If you’re an avid reader of our blog or have some surveying knowledge, you may well have heard of a theodolite before. A key instrument in the mapping of Britain (and pretty much everywhere else!), a theodolite is a simple concept built into a precision instrument – a telescope with graduated horizontal and vertical circles attached to enable angles to be measured. Intrigued by this implement, we decided to find out more… Read More

8
Mar
2019
0

Meet the team: Sasha Catchpole

Continuing our series to introduce the wonderful OS employees and showcase the wide variety of work we do, meet Sasha Catchpole. Sasha’s OS journey began in 2016 as part of the graduate programme, and last year saw her settle in to her current role as an Associate Project Manager. Here, she offers us an insight into autonomous vehicle projects and more…

How long have you worked for OS?

I started at OS on the Graduate programme in September 2016. Prior to this, I graduated from Queen Mary University in 2014 and spent the following two years working as a chalet host in the Alps during the winter and running my own event catering franchise during the summer. Read More

20
Feb
2019
4

Meet the team: Isabel Sargent

Continuing our series to introduce you to the wonderful individuals within OS and give a snapshot of the variety of work we do, meet Isabel Sargent. As a Senior Innovation & Research Scientist, here she gives us an insight into everything from deep learning to filing patents…

How long have you worked for OS?

I started back in 2001, so, 18 years. After I finished my PhD and a couple of post-docs, I chose to spend some time cycling around The Netherlands and eating far too many stroopwaffels. Coming back and starting at OS with its core hours and line management was a bit of a shock, but I clearly got used to it.

How long have you been in your current role?

To be honest, I’m not actually sure. In some ways I’ve been doing this job for over decade, in others I’ve only been doing it a year. The title, responsibilities and department change often enough to keep me on my toes. Read More

5
Feb
2019
6

Last year, we talked a lot about formats…

Last Spring, you may remember we embarked on a formats trial which saw nine of our products trialled in up to five new formats. Hundreds of you got involved and we were so grateful to receive lots of useful feedback on what worked for you and what didn’t.

Utilising the feedback from this trial, we started to look more widely at our product formats. When we released our new version of VectorMap Local in October last year, we made changes to our fulfilment processes to enable us to offer this in GeoPackage as well as GML and Raster formats to give you more choice. We’ve seen a steady increase in the number of our customers using GeoPackage so we’re delighted to know we are moving in the right direction. Read More

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