Oxford Data Consultancy

Oxford Data Consultancy in an innovative UK company headed by a managing director with twenty five years’ experience in GI providing consultancy and data capture to organisations within the public, social housing and private sectors.

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ODCGIS is an innovative company specialising in the provision of data capture services for Geographical Information System (GIS) users.

Headed by Craig Godwin, ODCGIS is a wholly owned British Company with offices in rural Oxfordshire and boasts almost 30 years’ experience in capturing GIS data for the local government, social housing and private sectors.

Director of Operations, Rick Thompson has 20 years GIS experience, having worked for Cheshire Police and Trafford Housing Trust prior to joining ODCGIS in 2017.

ODCGIS’s flexible project management style works in partnership with the client with the success of the project as the top priority. The depth of experience of the Director’s enables a consultative approach that is appreciated by clients.

How they can help you

ODCGIS remotely manage their clients GIS and organise the supply primarily MasterMap, Imagery and AddressBase. The 6 weekly updates are managed, adjusting data that is affected by any changes.

Apart from the supply of the OS data, there are 3 main areas:

  1. Data Capture. This can include Grounds Maintenance, capturing T-Marks, Residential and Business Property Points, Assets such as lampposts, benches, gates etc. BLPU & Land Terrier Capture
  2. GIS Managed Service. Packages are tailored for any size social housing provider. Providing GIS support, managing their GIS or hosting a GIS for them, along with maintaining their data and carrying out numerous GIS tasks as requested.
  3. GIS Consultancy. ODCGIS was formed in 1994 and the experience gained since then working in the Public and Private sectors offers a level of unrivalled GIS Mapping knowledge of the social housing sector.

Specialist areas:

Housing Associations, Local Authorities, County Councils & Unitary Authorities, Private Industries with a need for GIS mapping.


"WHG’s grounds maintenance service is currently based on the 2012 open tender exercise in which approximately 1.6 million m2 of land across the borough was estimated for inclusion in the service. This equates to current budget provision of approximately £1.1m per year. Due to the growth of WHG assets over the years it was anticipated that the area would increase to around1.7 million m2 . On the contrary, the ODC mapping exercise concluded that the current area totals circa 1.45 million m2. This has resulted in a 17% saving on the estimated budget increase. Instead of budgeting circa £1,166,000 we have been able to reforecast budgetary spend to circa £970,000."

Steve McGregor, Neighbourhood Services Manager – Walsall Housing Group

"Throughout this process there have been some tricky bits which to be honest have been a bit of a nightmare my end, for example, getting the correct information to ODC and getting it there in a timely manner. I really appreciate their patience, especially when I have to then say we now need a really quick turnaround after the information needed has only just been provided. This is always met with a happy and helpful manner as is any enquiry no matter how big or small. ODCGIS’s approach is to always be thinking outside the box to give us the most out of the system. GIS is to me a small added extra on to my job role as no one was able to take it on. ODCGIS have made it into something that I enjoy and am proud to be part of building it at Raven and I am very grateful."

Jordon Guenigault, Estate Inspector – Raven Housing Trust

"We have returned to ODCGIS because of their expertise in the Grounds Maintenance data capture field and excellent customer service. I have found ODCGIS's knowledge and experience a huge help in assisting us to deliver the objectives of our project with the accuracy required. I would definitely recommend ODCGIS's data capture service to other organisations."

Dean Ballard, Performance Excellence Manager - Orbit Heart of England

"I have found Craig very easy to work with, he is clearly someone with a genuine passion for getting things right. I found the ODCGIS team flexible and keen to meet challenging deadlines, I would certainly have no hesitation in working with Craig and his team in the future."

Marcus Hotten, Open Spaces Manager - Rochford District Council

"Having worked with Craig on the grounds maintenance capture for one of our subsidiaries, Cotman HA, I was more than happy to recommend ODCGIS when the wider group decided to follow Cotman's lead. We are now half way through the 2 year project and have once again found ODCGIS to be highly professional and competent. I would be happy to recommend ODCGIS to other organisations."

Gina Tomlinson, Group Research Manager - Places for People

"ODCGIS provided consultancy to assist with the implementation of our Intranet GIS and I was surprised at how much was achieved in such a short time. It was a real team effort with Cadcorp, Emapsite, ODCGIS and our own staff all working together to roll out the system. I would not hesitate to recommend ODCGIS’s consultancy services."

Yinka Bolaji – Genesis Housing Association

"It has been a pleasure working with Craig and the team from ODCGIS. They have been very helpful and friendly as well as professional and have enabled NPH to have accurate and up to date records in place for the procurement of communal cleaning in blocks of flats and estate grounds maintenance contracts. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services to other organisations or working with Craig and ODCGIS again."

Shirley Davies – Executive Director Housing Management- Northampton Partnership Homes