Leeds maps prosperity with GeoPerspectives aerial photography

Leicestershire, UK, 07 March 2007 – Leeds City Council (UK) is taking a bird’s eye view of life in the City following an aerial photographic survey that has captured every detail of roads, buildings and parks across Leeds. The GeoPerspectives™ aerial photography will be used to map the city’s economic growth and assist in the provision of services to residents and local businesses. The 10cm resolution aerial photography was captured using the latest digital imaging technology and will be viewed by over 500 users of the Council’s geographical information system (GIS) as well as being made available to the public via the Council’s website.

Leeds City Council is the second largest metropolitan district; located close to the geographic centre of England it is the regional capital of Yorkshire and the Humber. Leeds has one of the fastest growing economies in the UK with more jobs generated in the last twenty years than any city other than London. Covering an area of 552 sqkm the City Council delivers more than 500 different services to an estimated 715,000 residents.

“Leeds, as a city, is growing and changing at an astonishing rate,” said Councillor Mark Harris, Leader of Leeds City Council. “In order to provide a wide range of services to our residents it is vital that essential management information is easy to use, easy to access and up to date. An additional resource which will make these images available to see on our website will also shortly be available, allowing residents to have a bird’s eye view of our wonderful city.”

Bryan Craven, Senior Project Manager, ICT Services added, “The GeoPerspectives aerial photography provides desktop access to detailed ground-level information for a variety of applications. In addition it offered unrestrictive licensing terms, which will enable us to realise our online mapping plans, all at a very competitive price.”

The GeoPerspectives imagery was captured last year using the Vexcel Ultra Cam D photogrammetric aerial survey camera, which enables imagery to be captured quickly and efficiently while maintaining the quality and accuracy of the photography. As the camera captures digital image files rather than storing images on film the photography can be processed to create a map accurate dataset more quickly than if using conventional survey equipment. Purchased by Leeds City Council ICT Services the 10cm resolution, georeferenced dataset will be stored in a central server accessed by users of the Council’s corporate GIS.

GeoPerspectives is a joint venture between BlueSky and Infoterra providing national coverage of orthorectified aerial photography, digital terrain & surface models (DTM/DSM) for 3D modelling, and colour infra-red imagery (CIR) for vegetation analysis.

About GeoPerspectives™

GeoPerspectives™ delivers the most comprehensive range of airborne acquired geospatial data for England and Wales. GeoPerspectives uses the latest technology to capture the most accurate aerial photography, colour infra-red imagery and digital terrain & surface models. Only GeoPerspectives offers existing national orthorectified aerial imagery and a guaranteed rolling five-year update programme. The data is used by government, commercial and academic professionals, including the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Highways Agency, Yorkshire Water and over 240 UK Local Authorities.

GeoPerspectives is a joint venture between Infoterra Ltd and BlueSky International Ltd.

About BlueSky International Ltd.

BlueSky International Ltd is a UK-based specialist in aerial imaging and remote sensing data collection and processing. An internationally recognised leader with projects extending from Paris to New York, BlueSky has unrivalled expertise in the creation of seamless, digital aerial photography and 3D landscape/cityscape visualisations. BlueSky also runs a national mapping centre, providing digital maps, site plans, satellite imagery, aerial photography and ultra-high resolution imagery of cities and towns.

BlueSky is a privately owned company base in Coalville in Leicestershire, England.

Rachel Eddy, BlueSky International Ltd, +44 (0)1530 518 562
Sarah Haslam, Infoterra Ltd, Tel: +44 (0)116 273 2300

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