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Call for papers: Standards in Action workshop

Call for papers: Standards in Action workshop

18th March 2015

In June 2015, Ordnance Survey will host the 40th meeting of ISO/TC211, the International Organization for Standardization's Technical Committee on Geographic information/Geomatics, at their HQ in Southampton. The week includes a 'Standards in Action' workshop on 10th June


AGI Awards for 2015 - nominations now open!

12th March 2015

AGI Awards for 2015 - nominations now open!

Your mission - should you choose to accept it - is to consider nominating either your own or one of your colleague's innovative GI projects as an entry for the AGI Awards for 2015!


11th March 2015

GeoPlace Works with the Department for Transport and Ordnance Survey to Transform Road Improvements and Maintenance

Formal ministerial approval has been given today by Transport Minister Robert Goodwill, for Ordnance Survey to work with GeoPlace, the Department for Transport and other stakeholders to develop a new range of Highways products.

These products will be a combination of the best of data submitted by local authorities through the National Street Gazetteer (NSG) and the Ordnance Survey Integrated Transport Network (ITN) product. These new products will enable better planning, management and more informative routing options across the road network, driving cost efficiencies in government and improved service delivery to businesses and the citizen.

Local and national government currently use a variety of products when planning road projects and maintenance. The new product will bring all existing information together, cutting bureaucracy and saving money spent by councils and government on exchanging and comparing different maps.

Richard Mason, Managing Director of GeoPlace said “Following the successful model of the AddressBase range of products, this new announcement paves the way for bringing together the very best of local authority streets information with Ordnance Survey data to provide better planning, management and more informative routing options across the road network, driving cost efficiencies”

The new Highways products will be added to the Public Sector Mapping Agreement allowing all areas of the Public Sector to access the data. An entry-level open data version will also be made available with a full commercial product appearing in the future. GeoPlace and Ordnance Survey plan to deliver the initial products to the Department for Transport and public sector before the end of March 2015.

See the Department for Transport announcement at


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11th March 2015

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Standardises on GIS Software from Cadcorp

STEVENAGE, United Kingdom, 9 February 2015 – Having successfully rolled out a Cadcorp corporate GIS last year Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is now adding specialised desktop GIS software for resource planning and performance reporting.

Tracy King, GIS Officer at ECFRS, describes the rapid progress this large fire and rescue service has made in deploying Cadcorp Spatial Information System® (Cadcorp SIS®) software: “Until two years ago, we were using GIS in a very limited way. The Performance and Data Department had two licences of Cadcorp SIS desktop software, and there were a number of GIS products in other departments. However they were being used in a fragmented, autonomous and uncoordinated way. There was little sharing of technology, and little sharing of data. Starting 2012, we developed a business case to consolidate our GIS solutions. Two years later we had put in place a centralised spatial data store on SQL Server; extended the number of desktop SIS licences; rolled out a web GIS which can now be accessed by 1600 staff throughout the service; put in place an embedded web mapping tool to our Incident Recording System and we are sharing maps with our Command and Control system on a large video display.”

A key part of the consolidation exercise was to identify a supplier for an intranet GIS. Cadcorp was selected in open competition from a shortlist of five GIS vendors. “We place a lot value on the ability of Cadcorp SIS to read and write spatial data, whatever the format” noted Tracy. “We have had GIS in the past where the only way to import data was to employ consultants who knew how to work with a particular proprietary data format. That’s simply not sustainable when a fire service is experiencing cuts to its budget. With Cadcorp SIS we can import data in many formats in the knowledge that the GIS software will take care of its export to, and management in, SQL Server.”

The web GIS is already being used throughout the service, in many different ways. ”Probably the most widely-used operation is to search by address, and view a map centred on that address”, noted Tracy. “Some users will go on to create a PDF document from the map view as a way to share maps with others. The application is also widely used in the creation of Tactical Fire Plan maps. We are also seeing the value of using the application to merge our own data with that of partner agencies. We take crime data from the Police and flood data from the Environment Agency, and bring this together with our own data to support risk assessment and emergency planning.”  

The same GIS software which is behind this multi-purpose web GIS, is also being used to power other systems in ECFRS, as Tracy describes: “We use Cadcorp’s geospatial web services engine – GeognoSIS – to provide us with a map-based front end to our Incident Recording System (IRS). An IRS user can now view the recorded location of an incident against a map, and if the recorded location is not sufficiently accurate, they can amend it online.  Similarly, GeognoSIS is enabling us to publish maps as WMS layers into our Command and Control System. Controllers can now overlay and switch on map layers covering features such as highway marker posts, road junction numbers, fire hydrants, and flood zones.”

Although the web mapping project has been completed, Tracy is far from finished in her drive to spatially-enable the service. ECFRS has recently acquired Workload Modeller from Cadcorp. “We have to prepare for changes in the Service”, noted Tracy, “and this resource planning and performance monitoring application will be invaluable. It will help us relate the spatial distribution of our resources with the spatial distribution of known risk and help to break our dependency on external contractors to provide us with this analysis. Remodelling the way we deploy our resources is not a one-time activity. We need to constantly review the impact of any changes we make. Workload Modeller will provide us with this interactive capability, in-house.”

Mike O’Neil, CEO Cadcorp commented “’Knowing where’ is at the heart of everything a fire service does. Prevention, protection and response are all informed by having a better understanding of the geographic distribution of risk. ECFRS reminds us that there are many ways to share this location intelligence, ranging from rolling out a multi-purpose web GIS, and deploying a specialist desktop GIS, through to spatially-enabling existing business support systems.”


With a patch covering 367,000 hectares and a population of more than 1.74 million, Essex is one of the largest County fire services in the UK.

The county contains every conceivable risk - oil and gas terminals, a power station, two airports, docks, and arguably the country's busiest motorway, the M25 which runs through the heart of our ground.

As well as fighting fires, attending road accidents and dealing with major emergencies, ECFRS have been given new responsibilities for preventative community safety work.

ECFRS currently employ 890 wholetime and 466 retained firefighters, 46 control staff and 253 support staff.

The Service has multiple sites throughout the county including 50 fire stations - 12 wholetime, 34 retained, 4 day crewed, plus one USAR station (Urban Search and Rescue) are sited to offer fire and rescue cover to every community within the county.

About Cadcorp

Cadcorp is a British software development company focused on geographic information system (GIS) and web mapping software. It offers a complete suite of products - the Cadcorp Spatial Information System® (Cadcorp SIS®) - addressing all phases of spatial information management. Cadcorp software is currently helping forty-one UK fire services in protection, prevention, and response. Cadcorp SIS is available worldwide through a network of Cadcorp partners and through a direct sales team in the UK and Ireland. To find out more, please visit

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Geo: The Big 5 events - call for speakers

5th March 2015

Geo: The Big 5 events - call for speakers

Hot on the heels of our recent highly successful Geo: The Big 5 Smart Energy event, we'd like to encourage more submissions for the next two events as the closing dates draw near.



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