New Imagery Helps Map London’s Olympic Legacy

The GeoInformation Group Delivers Stunning UAV Imagery to Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

25 June 2014 - The GeoInformation Group, publishers of mapping and geospatial information products, has supplied stunning UAV aerial imagery of three London 2012 venues owned and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority as part of its maintenance programme.

A lightweight Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was used to carry out the survey of the Authority’s sporting venues in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and Lee Valley VeloPark – and Lee Valley White Water Centre situated in Hertfordshire, captured at a resolution between 2 - 5 cm per pixel and an area totalling 4 km2

Utilising a UAV offered a considerable advantage over its manned aircraft counterpart. Two of the three sites were within the immediate environs of London City Airport making UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) permissions more difficult to obtain. A UAV offered high resolution imagery with no major concerns on flight permissions making it the first time special permission was received from the CAA to fly a fixed-wing UAV within London airspace.

 “The quality of the image database is excellent and has already been used for data capture on all three sites”, comments Lee Valley Park Regional Park Authority’s Performance Manager. “Despite having to change dates for image acquisition due to the late completion of venues, The GeoInformation Group has worked to ensure that the Authority received exactly what was required and has gone over and above our expectations.”

Captured photos were transformed into orthomosaics and are being used by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority primarily as a base map in the absence of current mapping. The database is predominantly being utilised in the day to day operation and maintenance of the Authority’s sporting venues. It is also proving valuable in assisting issues relating to land ownership boundaries, plotting street furniture and mapping the mountain bike trail. 

Working with The GeoInformation Group has been one of the least stressful commissions the Authority has undertaken. From initial quote to final delivery of images, the team has been professional and adaptable throughout,” concludes Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s performance manager.

The GeoInformation Group

The GeoInformation Group is a private company based in Cambridge that is recognised as a leader in the development of unique and valuable geographic data solutions and products.  Since 1995 when it delivered the first aerial photography CD based product to current day with its large scale topographic mapping product, UKMap, it has lead the way in delivering innovative geospatial solutions.

Its datasets have been based on raw data it has created and on government data, for example imagery, mapping, digital terrain and addressing products.

It has developed new geographic solutions for 3D elevation data, satellite imagery and mapping data.  These solutions have been used by blue chip organisations such as RBS, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Google, AVIVA, Landmark, and Thames Water along with some 300 public sector organisations such as MOD, Metropolitan Police, London Fire, Transport for London and the Forestry Commission.


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Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority played a crucial role in the successful staging of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Lee Valley White Water Centre (just north of the M25, near Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire) hosted the Canoe Slalom event where Team GB won gold and silver. The centre re-opened to the general public within six weeks of the Games, marking the shortest turnaround period in modern Olympic history.

Lee Valley VeloPark which includes the iconic velodrome at its heart and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, which hosted the Wheelchair Tennis event during the Paralympic Games in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is owned and operated by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority as part of the London 2012 legacy.

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