October 16, 2007 -- Following an extensive tender exercise carried out under the European Union Public Procurement Regulations Competitive Dialogue procedure, Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency of Great Britain, has chosen the three-company team, led by Intergraph Corporation, to drive production efficiency, improve data consistency and support the creation of new products.
Snowflake Software is pleased to announce it has been selected as part of the team to provide the next generation geospatial database and data management system.
Ordnance Survey is internationally renowned for providing the most detailed maps for government, business and individual usage. The geographic database describes more than 440 million individual features and is subjected to over a million changes / updates every year. Measuring and assimilating these changes into the database requires accurate and efficient planning and control.
The decision to select the three company team is the perfect example of the benefits of working with open standards: the ability to gain from the best of breed technology from suppliers in the industry. "We are very excited that Snowflake's products and consultancy services have been chosen to form an integral part of this key infrastructure project for Ordnance Survey," commented Ian Painter, Managing Director of Snowflake Software. "Working closely with Intergraph and 1Spatial and their respective technologies, we are confident that the team will deliver a scalable, performant and robust solution."
"This is an important step forward on the development of our seamless data management system," said Bob Goodrich, Ordnance Survey's Director of Information Systems. "As a result of this implementation, we will have a truly modernized system that will provide the nation with unprecedented access to current, accurate data."
The system will provide enterprise-wide capabilities for the management, planning, coordination, and control of data capture and production activities. Ordnance Survey's large-scale data holdings will be managed in a centralized geospatial database, and a standards-based interface will integrate field and office-based editing tools as well as those from external contractors. The system will ensure consistency between Ordnance Survey products and enable it to develop new, innovative products.
About Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey is Great Britain's national mapping agency, providing the most accurate and up-to-date geographic data, relied on by government, business and individuals. Ordnance Survey and the OS Symbol are registered trademarks of Ordnance Survey.
About Snowflake Software
Founded in 2001, Snowflake Software provides a range of software solutions that help put GML/XML to work. Based on open standards, the solutions enable corporate and government customers to benefit from their data with off-the-shelf, proven, reliable technology. Snowflake supports an international user base with a wealth of experience, offering consulting and training and tools for the loading, translating and publishing of XML and GML. For more information, visit
Intergraph Corporation is the leading global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software. Security organizations, businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on the company's spatial technology and services to make better and faster operational decisions. Intergraph's customers organize vast amounts of complex data into understandable visual representations, creating intelligent maps, managing assets, building and operating better plants and ships and protecting critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world. For more information, visit
1Spatial has 35 years of experience in providing operational solutions to organisations with large spatial databases. With leading expertise in transforming data from CAD and GIS, quantitative data quality control, and spatial database technologies we also enable reuse and repurposing of such data and access through both internal and external portals. The modern era demands the unconstrained sharing of spatial data between systems, business areas, organisations, and the public. We are the specialists in enabling such cooperative infrastructures. For more information, visit
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