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Ordnance Survey helps Bahrain understand open standards within spatial data models

Ordnance Survey (OS) delivered specialist training to SLRB Bahrain on key international open standards for their new spatial data model.

Overview

Ordnance Survey (OS) delivered specialist training to SLRB Bahrain on key international open standards for their new spatial data model.

The Survey and Land Registration Bureau (SLRB) is a government organisation responsible for all survey activities (including base mapping, boundary and hydrographic) and registering properties in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Following their new 3D-enabled national spatial data model for SLRB, we delivered a specialist training programme to maximise SLRB’s investment and understanding of the model – focusing on open standards in a geospatial context. This case study explains how OS worked to make it happen.

The logistical challenge

In November 2013, we created the first 3D-enabled national spatial data model for the Kingdom of Bahrain using Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) industry standards:

  • These open standards provide SLRB and its stakeholders with a consistent, standardised and shared view of location information.
  • However, to ensure sustainable use of the new data, SLRB needed to understand the core geospatial data modelling concepts employed by us, to build the model.

The solution

OS delivered a specialist tailored training programme, which helped SLRB with its understanding of:

  • Data-sharing among stakeholders.
  • Attributes and benefits of specific open standards.
  • How open standards can be deployed effectively in a national mapping context.
  • Manipulating and developing the new data model without dependency on us at OS.
"I’m delighted to see Ordnance Survey, the global leader in mapping and a tremendous example of UK commercial and technical excellence, developing a mutually beneficial partnership with the SLRB. It gives a further boost to UK/Bahrain commercial relations, which is in the interests of both countries."
His Excellency Shaikh Salman Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, President of SLRB.

The benefits

  • Developed sustainable skills in data modelling through a structured knowledge transfer and coaching programme.
  • Provided direct access to globally-recognised experts in the application of open standards in a national mapping context.
  • Provided opportunities to develop and practice new skills directly aligned to the new 3D-enabled national spatial data model.
  • Maximised the benefits of SLRB’s investment in the creation of a new data model.

The partnership between OS and SLRB was strengthened further when a five-year framework agreement was signed, providing the opportunity for both organisations to work collaboratively on a number of future projects.