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Architects maintain competitive edge using FIND Maps with OS Mastermap

  • We switched to FIND Maps for our online mapping needs because it offers the products we need at the right prices. We also appreciate the service and support we receive from the team at FIND Maps.

    Patricia Frazer

Formed in 1988, the James Denholm Partnership is an architectural practice based in Comrie, Perthshire. The workload of the practice includes projects such as private and commercial builds, timeshare developments and refurbishment of existing and historic buildings.

The practice works in sympathy with the needs of modern living and the Scottish rural landscape. It also places great emphasis on commercial considerations and opportunities.

The challenge

I regularly need to source maps for planning applications and always use OS MasterMap. I have confidence in the Ordnance Survey brand and know that the maps are accurate and regularly updated. They can be used as straightforward location maps or as base maps for design drawings and 3-D modelling. The outlines on OS MasterMap make it very easy to define the footprint of existing buildings before adding additional detail.

Patricia Frazer

In order to design and manage projects for its clients, the James Denholm Partnership undertakes feasibility studies, produces designs and submits planning applications. Up‑to‑date maps are required for each of these processes.

The maps, which are often required at short notice, must be instantly available to export to CAD format and as PDFs. Pricing is also a major factor as cost savings help the practice to maintain a competitive edge. House

The solution

OS MasterMap, the most detailed and flexible mapping of Great Britain, can be sourced instantly online at www.findmaps.co.uk

The team at FIND Maps has added value to OS MasterMap by reorganising the feature layers within the map (over 60 in total) and grouping them under eight category headings. This makes the map simpler to use. One click switches a category on or off, enabling the user to easily highlight particular features.

Maps from FIND Maps can be exported to CAD format or downloaded as PDFs. FIND Maps works on all platforms and web browsers and is Mac® compatible. This is often valuable in the land and property sector due to the varied areas of businesses, including design and administration, that need to access mapping.

FIND Maps operates a no-subscription, ‘pay-as-you-go’ system. Users can keep costs down by closely defining their area of interest and only paying for the data they need.

The benefits

Using www.findmaps.co.uk is easy. The site offers a ‘quick start guide’ and a range of helpful tips. FIND Maps also offers phone demos, on-site training and a free UK-based telephone support line, allowing users to be up and running very quickly. By delivering this solution via the cloud, FIND is able to constantly improve and develop the technology behind the system. This means that the James Denholm Partnership has no need to buy and install software or updates. In addition, no in-house technical expertise is required as all development and support is included in FIND Maps’ total solution.

If required, additional Ordnance Survey products can be accessed via the same web portal, which saves search time.

Planners are increasingly aware of environmental concerns and we work within an area that has been hit by flooding over the past few years. It’s therefore good to be able to instantly check flood constraints. Being able to quickly view this information online can tell us whether more detailed investigations are warranted.

Patricia Frazer

The FIND Maps web portal also offers additional data packages – Patricia Frazer again:

‘Planners are increasingly aware of environmental concerns and we work within an area that has been hit by flooding over the past few years. It’s therefore good to be able to instantly check flood constraints. Being able to quickly view this information online can tell us whether more detailed investigations are warranted.’

If further investigations are required, the FIND Maps web portal has over 200 additional datasets available, as well as a range of detailed environmental reports.

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