Ordnance Survey

Mapping a digital future 1

Originally founded in 1791 to map the south-coast of England for fear of invasion by Napoleon, today Ordnance Survey is a £145 million-a-year government-owned company. It collects and distributes geographic data that helps underpin everything from rubbish collection to planning flood defences.

Described as a 'Digital Powerhouse' Ordnance Survey maintains the digital mapping database for Great Britain and this database contains more than 460 million geographic features. Each day 10,000 changes are made to the digital mapping database f GB thanks to 250 surveyors and two aircraft that can survey to centimetre accuracy.

The organisation, which employees 80 people is based at Explorer House HQ in Southampton, works with more than 300 partners ranging from SatNav companies, developers transport providers to IT companies.