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FIND Maps August 2011 Newsletter

In July 2005 London beat Moscow, New York, Madrid and hot favourite Paris to win the right to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. Now, with less than a year to go, the official countdown has begun. The new Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, has been built ahead of schedule and test events are already under way.

In the past, the Olympic Park site has played host to a large soap factory, gas works, the Hudson Bay Fur deposit, landfill and a range of heavy industrial operations. Much of this was long before any legislation existed to restrict the environmental impact of these uses. The regeneration of this brownfield land posed a range of challenges for planners, developers and engineers. Heavy metal contaminants such as lead, arsenic and chromium had to be removed from the soil. In addition, work was undertaken to improve river, canal and groundwater quality on over 3km of waterways. Planners were also bound by the sustainability requirements which formed an important part of the original bid.

From the outset, Ordnance Survey data has been essential for the delivery of this ambitious project. It has provided a vital basis for site analysis, planning, context mapping, data visualisation and architectural design. Changes to OS data licensing have been recently implemented by FIND, meaning this data is now available at reduced rates. As well as offering better value in terms of price, the more flexible approach to licensing means that data can be shared with partners working on the same project and that it can all be archived for future reference.

With so many teams working together on a 102 hectare site, this represents significant cost savings for those involved in building the Olympic Park. The good news is that all users of OS data will benefit from these licensing changes - even those working to a rather smaller brief.

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Product spotlight - FIND Map / OS Plan

  • The FIND Map is based on the most detailed mapping in Great Britain, OS MasterMap Topography, coloured specifically for clarity and aesthetic appeal
  • View and annotate on-screen, print to PDF, or export in a variety of CAD or GIS formats, licensed for 1, 2 or 3 years
  • Used for architecture projects, planning applications, data visualisation, measurements and analysis
  • MasterMap data exports have been grouped into feature categories, such as buildings, vegetation, roads and tracks, for easier use

"FIND Maps is our first port of call for OS data. Their easy-to-use data export tools save us money when purchasing OS MasterMap. They allow us to define and purchase just the areas we need, in the formats we require, fully licensed for the lifetime of a project."

- Keith Moller, Partner, Trehearne Architects

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