It’s been 12 months since we released our OS OpenData product, OS Terrain 50, making it the first external output from our 3D strategy. Our first fully maintained analytical height product was quickly joined by OS Terrain 5 in July 2013 (shown below). The two products offer maintained national coverage and are available in both grid and contour formats, depicting the shape of Great Britain’s landscape.
In any development project there is a legal obligation to assess and protect any significant archaeological or built heritage remains. Developers must show that such issues have been taken into account, appropriately examined and effectively mitigated, if they are to gain planning permission for proposed works.
Factoring archaeological and heritage advice and works into a project from the start can help to ensure project success. It reduces the risk of ‘hitting the unexpected’ and the ultimate cost of the project.
Ordnance Survey maps are used by businesses, government and individuals on a daily basis. One of our Licensed Partners, Buy A Plan, have shared a case study on how maps helped a business gain planning permission for their cafe.
Michael Murton has worked as an Architectural Design and Technical Assistant over the years. Typical duties include preparation of the drawings and completion of the forms and Design and Access statements needed for Planning Applications, through to creating architectural concept models for large and small schemes for the design teams as their projects progress.
Everyday Michael visits a Portuguese delicatessen and café in his neighbourhood and early in 2012 the owner asked him to draw up a scheme to extend the premises of his business and help him make a formal full planning application for the proposed changes.
The premises at the time were a row of three former shops with very run down ‘shanty town’ rearward elevations, which were incapable of keeping out the weather and also encouraged break-ins. The café proprietor owned the freehold of two of the three shops and he was keen to develop these first, as they were in a particularly bad way.
In this video case study, we look at how insurance companies can use Ordnance Survey data to manage their policies and monitor their exposure, and how they can make informed decisions about their spread of risk. Using this information, they can then offer tailored premiums to individual customers.
To find out more about how Ordnance Survey data can be used, visit our case study finder.
In this video case study, we look at how Ordnance Survey data enables retailers to identify new store locations and profile their competitors, as well as enabling customer analysis for profiling and targeting their marketing campaigns. To find out more about how Ordnance Survey data can be used, visit our case study finder page.
In this video case study, we look at how Ordnance Survey data can help in the site analysis for the location of a wind turbine, reducing the need for site visits. It shows how data analysis can avoid obstructions and ensure appropriate access. To find out more about how Ordnance Survey data can be used, visit our case study finder page.
As Great Britain’s national mapping authority, the geographic data we collect, maintain and provide is relied on by government, business and individuals. We’re increasingly seeing accurate and detailed location-based intelligence as the basis for making effective business decisions.
In this video case study, we look at how our data enables the analysis of sites for development potential. It shows how data facilitates a strategic approach to property development and the upgrade or redevelopment of assets.
Ordnance Survey data is used across businesses, government and by individuals, but we still enjoy hearing about different uses. When we saw a tweet from the Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally saying they used our maps, we contacted Bev from the team to find out more.
To prepare for any rally we need to map out the routes through the forest that will be used at each stage – and this is where Ordnance Survey maps come in. We mark the routes out on the maps for each stage before the team head out into the forest, drive the routes on the maps and decide on the best route for each stage. Sometimes, none of them are quite right and it’s back to the maps to draw out a new route to test.
Once we have the stage routes, we then need to map out the road routes to make sure everyone knows the best route to reach each stage.
Once we’ve completed the stage and road routes and worked out the mileage, we work with Rally Maps as they produce official rally maps for the majority of UK rally’s.
In addition to the official maps, we also provide the rally teams with road books, which contain tulip diagrams (see picture) detailing both road routes and the stage routes.
In this video case study we explain how Ordnance Survey data was used to prove that claims for a whiplash injury during a bus accident were fraudulent. Our analysis found that the majority of the claimants (who claimed to be travelling home on the bus at the time of the accident), lived miles away from the bus route – and there was in fact another bus route closer to their homes.
To find out more about how Ordnance Survey data can be used in the fight against insurance fraud, visit http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/business/financial-services/applications/insurance/fraud.html
Over the last couple of years Ordnance Survey has been working on a collaborative project with UK Location Programme and Cabinet Office to implement map-based tools, making it easier for users to search and preview public location datasets available on data.gov.uk. The project was completed to further enable the publication of location datasets in support of the UK Location Strategy, and as part of the UK contribution to the European INSPIRE project.
We are now pleased to announce that the code developed by Ordnance Survey for these mapping tools has been released as open source.
The Map Based Search (see image below) allows users to draw a box on a background map, leading to a search for datasets which are wholly or partially contained in that area. It also features a gazetteer, so the user can locate by place name where on the map they want to draw their search box. This provide a richer, more advanced way of searching, at national, regional and local level, for records of data sets and services that are referenced by geographical coordinates.