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Ordnance Survey: 3D Cities and Accuracy Never Seen Before

By October 13, 2009 No Comments

We have a lot of time for the good people down at the Ordnance Survey Research Labs and they have just released an interesting video of some 3D Cities work they are carrying out:

The Telegraph has a good story on this along with a quote from Glen Hart, head of research at Ordnance Survey who states that – “Three-dimensional maps in themselves aren’t new, but what we’ve achieved in Bournemouth is a level of accuracy and detail that’s never been done before,”.

It’ll be interesting to see how this stacks up against Infoterra’s Skape initiative, embedded below:

The Ordnance Survey plan to roll out the rest of the UK over the next 5 years and with Google/Microsoft and various other commercial outfits also scanning our cities these are interesting times.

A whole post without a dig at the Ordnance Survey, we are almost proud 🙂

See also the Skape Blog for the latest news on the software, views and development.


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.