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Ordnance Survey receives awards

Ordnance Survey is toasting success following the tenth annual Information Management Awards (IM2005) earlier this month. Its GPS correction network was runner-up in the GIS award and its photogrammetric work with a digital mapping camera was commended in the Content Management category. Ordnance Survey’s intelligent large-scale database, OS MasterMap, also underpinned a double award-winning project from the Countryside Agency and its contractor Black and Veatch for the mapping of access land in England.
The Elan Conferences IM2005 Awards, in partnership with the British Computer Society, recognise excellence and innovation in the management of business information. Ordnance Survey attended the ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London as a finalist in three award categories: Content Management, GIS and Premier Project.

Runner-up in the GIS award, Ordnance Survey’s GPS correction network is a comprehensive civilian framework for correcting signals from orbiting satellites. The network is available across Great Britain with more than 80 GPS base stations contributing data. It was designed to help deliver a range of positioning services both in real-time and for post-process applications. The network has already generated efficiencies for Ordnance Survey field staff where it is enabling centimetre-level positioning for data-collection operations. Ordnance Survey is now working with partner organisations to utilise this network data to provide similar services in the open market. Potential users for this type of service include surveyors, engineers, construction companies and utilities. Ordnance Survey’s GPS correction network was also a finalist in the Premier Project category.

The technical innovation involved in adopting and implementing the Intergraph Digital Mapping Camera (DMC) and Terrashare Imagery Data Management Solution within Photogrammetric Services was commended in the Content Management award category. Staff from Ordnance Survey and Intergraph (UK) worked together to deliver a digital workflow to enable imagery captured via a precision digital camera to be processed and stored within an integrated environment. It also allows associated photogrammetric information, such as imagery metadata, flight planning data and ground control, to be effectively managed and distributed to users. This delivers distinct operational advantages both in terms of the quality of the information collected and increased efficiency through a reduction in the time taken from image acquisition to data extraction.