Quick start guide
Using FIND is really easy. Below are 10 quick steps to get you from the FIND homepage to viewing and purchasing the data you need.
Registering and logging in
To use FIND you first need to register your personal and account details. This will make you an Account Administrator, allowing you to add and assign other users to your account. This ensures that all transactions are recorded under the same company account.
To login to FIND, enter your username (your email address) and the password you registered with. You can now start searching for addresses and looking at all the mapping information available on FIND.
FIND a map and selecting an address
Find a map
After logging in, the 'Login' box changes to the 'Find a map' box. Enter an address, postcode or coordinate for the address you would like to view on screen. The more detailed your search criteria is, the quicker and more accurate the results will be. For example, enter the door number, street and town.
Open a project
To open a previously saved map view, including annotations and layers, click 'Open projects'. This displays a search panel from which you can browse and open different projects.
Address search results
The address search results are shown in a scrolling dropdown list. Use the scroll bar on the right hand side to locate your site and then double click on it to display the corresponding map. If your site is not found first time, enter refined address details.
Select a map view
Select a map view
There are six map views that you can set as a background against your chosen address or location. The FIND Map is the default map background. The FIND Map and OS Plan map can both be viewed for free up to 15 ha per session. The other map backgrounds are less detailed and are designed to be viewed at larger scales.
We also offer an imagery background layer so that you can view an aerial photograph instead of the map.
Any charges applicable to your map choice are shown here. This charge is billed to your account under your username. As you use the FIND map, you will be asked to confirm each chargeable action.
This is a text field where you enter the project reference. This can be anything from a building's name, a full address or a purchase order number.
The sub reference is optional but you might find it useful to add further detail so you can refer to charges incurred on a particular project at a later date.
Exploring the maps
Map view options
Select a map background by using the buttons. The selected view will be shown in the map window.
The FIND Map is based on the Ordnance Survey's MasterMap Topography. Created by us, it incorporates a carefully developed detail colour key which highlights property-related elements. This provides a clearer OS MasterMap that is much easier to navigate and interpret for property purposes. For example, all rivers are blue, all green areas green etc. The other map backgrounds are designed to show areas with varying levels of detail.
Explore data packages and info the map
Property data package
This package combines natural, architectural, boundary and infrastructure information about specific properties to highlight potential property and planning issues. It should be used before the planning process commences as it provides helpful information which can save time and money at the start of a development.
Environmental data package
This package gives you the up to date information you need to identify the environmental issues which may affect your site in order to make quick informed decisions about the best way forward.
Flooding data package
This package brings together three different UK flood models. It allows you to make broad site assessments of flooding risk as well as carry out your own flood analysis by viewing the models with postcodes.
Query and map legends
Access information about each layer by clicking on the green query button.
This button allows you to 'Info' (i.e. query) information layers and other points of interest on the map. Simply select the 'Info' button and click on the area you would like more detailed information about.
You can then select from the dropdown list exactly which layer you wish to 'Info' before accessing the detailed information available.
Annotating the map
FIND offers a wide range of annotation tools to enable you to make notes and drawings on your map. These tools let you personalise the map, you can draw shapes and lines, add text labels and measure distances. You can also select and edit the colour, size and shape of these features.
Importing images to personalise the map
Images can be imported onto the map, for example site photos or company logos. When the map has been annotated you can then print it to a layered PDF direct to your desktop.
Export, printing and licencing
Maps and layers can be exported in a variety of CAD or GIS formats. This enables you to use the maps independently of FIND. The export panel offers you a list of different map backgrounds for download. When you select something to export the 'Download' tab to the right of the map window will turn orange to indicate that your export is ready. Click this tab to expand it and then click the green button to start the download to your computer.
Printing map information to a layered PDF gives you the ability to review your site offline, and to send the map on to colleagues and clients. Click the 'Download' tab to access your newly created pdf.
In most cases, clients are required by Ordnance Survey to purchase a Paper Map Copying Licence. This licence allows a business to copy unlimited amounts of original Ordnance Survey mapping to support their day-to-day business activities.
Explore aerial photography
FIND provides over 24,000 high resolution aerial photographs within the M25 area. This is the highest true resolution imagery avalibale of London, giving an unprecedented level of detail and clarity.
Our modern photographs were all taken in the last decade and are plan colour photographs. They offer extensive coverage of Great Britain, allowing all areas to be seen from above. These photos also allow you to assess the changing modern built landscape.
FIND provides an advanced online search engine for historical photos. You can now order and download images instantly to your computer. We have an extensive range of historical photographs in a variety of styles including oblique and plan view images, black & white and colour.
Downloading reports and Land Registry documents
Reports and documents
Reports, along with Land Registry documents, are divided into relevant tabs. To select, simply click on the relevant tab, and then you click on the desired thumbnail image for the document or report type.
Reports are provided in PDF format, allowing you to save and easily access them in the future.
Save a map view as a project
To save a map view as a project
To save a map view, including annotations, prints made and layers added, click 'Save project' on the actions bar at the top of the map screen. You can enter a file name and description for a project as well as select a folder location to save it in. Information including project ref, sub ref, date and centre co-ordinate are recorded automatically.
Open a previously saved project
Use the 'Open project' link within the black 'Find a map' panel to retrieve a saved project. This is accessible either via the main FIND website or on the map screen. Within the 'Open project' panel you can browse or search for saved projects. Each saved project is displayed with a user name, project ref, sub ref, user and date last accessed information. Use the green query '?' button next to each project to view additional information and a small preview image.