Local Authorities in England, Wales and Scotland will soon be using a completely new type of computerised map that shows the world in 3D. It follows a strategic national mapping deal brokered by the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), with the Intermap Technologies, Inc. Intermap has used their aerial radar mapping technology to create the 3D map, making Britain the most accurately mapped country in the world.
Called NEXTMap Britain, Intermap’s computerised maps show the rise and fall of the land to sub-metre accuracy across the length and breadth of Britain. Local Authorities can combine this data with traditional maps and aerial photography to create realistic 3D visualisations at any location. Staff can view any scene on their computer screens as if they were actually on site and undertake detailed analysis for activities extending from planning to highways, environmental services and tourism.
Intermap’s NEXTMap Britain project has captured, the whole of Britain electronically in 3D. Using a specially equipped Learjet flying at night and at an altitude of 20,000-28,000 ft, the data was captured every 5 metres to provide sub-metre accuracy. NEXTMap Britain has become the elevation data of choice for Norwich Union, the Environment Agency, the National Assembly for Wales, the British Geological Survey, the Scottish Executive, and through the LGIH, Mapping Services Agreement, Local Authorities across Britain.