Cardiff Council regularly conducts district retail surveys and community facility audits in order to create a snapshot of neighbourhoods and analyse the specific services found there.
The real value we deliver is in speeding up the capture process. Now, instead of logging everything, our staff are validating records and focusing their time on identifying change.James Morris, GIS Officer
These activities would involve a team of officers armed with paper maps and pencils going out and logging each individual service outlet. Some larger surveys could take several officers up to a fortnight to complete and the council wanted to reduce the time and resources involved in future surveys.
The Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) removes the capital cost of geographical information system (GIS) products and simplifies the acquisition and sharing of Ordnance Survey data, allowing projects with a GIS component to proceed far more readily.Matthew Seymour, Property Information Manager
Council staff now use Points of Interest as a core data source to supplement surveys. By using the cross reference to OS MasterMap® Topography Layer within Points of Interest, officers are able to create new polygon layers of the different types of community or commercial use. This helps in the creation of community mapping documents, making it easier to identify concentrations of a particular sub-sector or identify areas where services are lacking.
- Data about the ever-changing local retail industry is captured much more quickly.
- Staff spend more time analysing the captured data and focus on identifying change.
- The council can easily target areas for urban regeneration or diversification of the high street.