Ordnance Survey Ireland launches new Environmental Reporting system

1Spatial is pleased to announce the recent launch of a new Environmental Reporting system for Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), which has been developed in part by 1Spatial. This new facility forms part of the new corporate website for OSi, launched by Seán Power, Minister for State at the Department for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. The new site also incorporates other ECommerce functionality for OSi.

The reporting system has been developed to combine data from a number of different sources (including the Geological Survey of Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency and OSi) into a single, accessible report. Members of the public will be able to place orders for Environmental Reports, which can be used as a resource in the planning application process.

1Spatial’s involvement in the project centred on the development of a system that automatically produces location-based maps and statistics which are set into pre-defined report templates. The maps are compiled from OSi largescale vector data, and are overlayed with the results of spatial queries against other environmental data sources. Orthophoto maps are also generated as part of the report. The report is available either as a PDF file or a hard copy. Following the initial system delivery last year, 1Spatial were asked to add additional support for historical mapping, giving the reports more depth and consequently adding value for users.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Power said:

“This report is an excellent example of what can be achieved when agencies get involved in a collaborative initiative to meet the needs of their customers. This type of project endorses what the Taoiseach said recently in relation to the OECD Review of the Public Service, which recommends a greater sharing of information between public bodies. Working together in this way leads to an improvement of services which ultimately makes a very effective contribution to the infrastructural base of business in the economy.”

Séamus Gilroy, Country Manager for 1Spatial Ireland added:

“We are delighted to have worked with OSi to assist them in improving their products and services to their customers. The new reporting system is a tool that provides OSi with efficiency gains, through automated report production, and the public with cost savings by combining several individual reports into one.”

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