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Two UK firms join to map highways with aerial imagery

BlueSky has supplied the Halcrow Group Ltd. with digital aerial photography to support key highway development work. The BlueSky aerial data, part of the nationwide Millennium Map, will be used for mapping highways features, 3D visualisation, and as a context layer in an intranet based GIS being developed by Halcrow.

Halcrow has been one of the champions of aerial imagery and use it for a wide range of its multi-disciplinary operations. The company has also made extensive use of historical aerial imagery for land use change assessment and cliff recession monitoring.

Such 3D visuals have assisted in identifying potential locations for wind farms and assessment of sites for a weather radar station for the Met Office. More detailed modelling is meanwhile used at a feature level to view bridge, highway and historic buildings in detail, and even for assessment of tree stands for the Forestry Commission.

BlueSky, set up in December 2003, handles all non-internet sales of Getmapping’s nationwide aerial photography. The company also offers a complete range of aerial photographic services from flying to photogrammetry and fulfils Getmapping online orders.