As London prepares to host the 2012 Olympics aerial photo mapping company BlueSky has launched a high resolution up to date birds eye view of the Thames Gateway. The aerial imagery created by BlueSky in partnership with ZMapping covers over 200 square kilometres extending for 40 miles along the River Thames from the London Docklands to Southend in Essex and Sheerness in Kent. It has a resolution of 12.5 cm, equivalent to a 1:500 map scale. This resolution means it is possible see details including street furniture, road markings, property boundaries and environmental features.
The aerial photography has been processed into a digital dataset that is map accurate. It is already being used to create a three dimensional visualisation of the Thames Gateway region. The imagery can be supplied in a variety of formats including hard copy prints, digital image files and as a ready to use dataset that is compatible with a wide range of GIS or CAD software packages. Matched to other types of data, it is valuable tool for a variety of applications including asset management, risk analysis, environmental monitoring and strategic planning.