PR — Getmapping has provided the
National Trust with 9000 sq km of aerial photography covering all of
their UK regions and properties. The data, taken from two datasets, in
order to monitor recent change, will be used for both management and
display purposes and accessed via their intranet GIS Browser mapping
Mike Renow-Clarke, Senior Land and Property Data Officer said, "I am
keen to ensure that all 500 GIS Browser users, from Head Office to
Property Management have access to aerial photographs of the National
Trust estate. This will enable people who are not usually map users to
get more of a feel for their surroundings, and supplement
interpretations made using a normal map".
The Getmapping aerial photographs will show changes that have occurred
between the start of the millennium and the present day, allowing
clearer visualisation of footfall damage and changes to flora that would
only show up in ground surveys. It will allow the Trust to take
preventative measures to slow or change footfall in both popular and
remote areas. The imagery will become a useful tool to help monitor any
change that is occurring and make better use of staff involved in
management of their 240,000-hectare estate.
The photography will also show the grounds and views of properties that
the employees may not have had the chance to see before. From now on
every GIS Browser user (currently 500) will be able to access the
imagery through the intranet system. Many of the properties were
designed for and built in spectacular locations, which the Getmapping
photography will help demonstrate. "We are still exploring what we can
do with the photography, it has great potential and will be very useful,
said Mike Renow-Clarke "
The National Trust GIS specialists will be able to directly access the
images within GIS software and use these as additional information for
editing vegetation and feature boundaries particularly where base maps
have not yet been updated.
National Trust Members will also get to see the imagery, as it will be
used for the promotion and advertising of properties and walks that the
members can visit and explore. Posters and information flyers will
contain vertical images of the properties showing the grounds and walks
that can be followed.
Getmapping will be working closely with the National Trust in the future
to ensure that it can provide new imagery when needed both of properties
already owned plus any new acquisitions, helping them to preserve and
maintain the UK’s valuable heritage.