UK: The UK-based website, Cartography.co.uk is using Bluesky’s latest aerial photography to produce maps of the rural farms and estates. The website is the largest producer of customised mapping for private landowners in the UK and its map products are used for a variety of applications, including a growing concern for rural safety.
The detailed maps are increasingly being produced for landowners who are concerned about employees working in remote locations in the event of an accident or other incident requiring support from the emergency services.
“In addition to the more traditional uses of our maps, there is a growing requirement from landowners to be able to share important navigational information with third parties,” commented Anthony Pelly, Managing Director of Rural Design Studio, trading as Cartography.co.uk.
“For example, if there was an accident, being able to guide the emergency services to the exact spot could be critical. Distilling local knowledge on locations and how to access locked gates, dirt tracks and paths can potentially save minutes and – in some cases – lives, and this information is just not available from off-the-shelf maps.”
Using up to date accurate aerial images purchased from Bluesky’s online Mapshop, Cartography.co.uk uses the latest GIS and CAD software to produce the maps, which can range in size from small water- and tear-proof folded pocket maps to large decorative wall hangings. Working with farms, large country estates, vineyards and orchards, fishing clubs and hunting properties, the maps provide a comprehensive overview of the landscape and operations within.
“For rural areas, especially those that are privately owned, aerial photography is often the only accurate and definitive source of information for map making,” continued Pelly. “Having used a variety of different websites in the past, we have found the Bluesky Mapshop offers the most up to date and accurate coverage for current map projects and the broadest selection, in terms of different ages, for historical mapping or change analysis.