We love maps. In fact our new Map Portal provides access to over 6000 high resolution scans of our most beloved paper maps, from historical prints to the current 1:50,000 scale saleable copies. But whilst our passion for maps will never fade the way we do things is changing, thanks to GIS.
As this brave new digital world has progressed we've endeavoured to keep our thinking, software, methodologies and maps in pace. As such spatial data collection is now carried out using BGS·SIGMA, our custom built GIS digital field data capture system. In the spirit of transparency and sharing we've even made it open source for anyone to use.
Using GIS has also allowed us to advance data visualisation and create new ways to creatively interact with our spatial information. iGeology 3D augments reality by painting geology maps on the landscape around you and GeoVisionary provides immersive high-resolution visualisation of spatial data. We’ve also been able to reach out to a brand new audience creating virtual worlds from our data in Minecraft.
GIS doesn't just give us innovative new ways to record, process and display spatial information, it's greatest function is enabling the knowledge and expertise of our scientists to be embedded in value-added spatial information products. For example Geosure advises on locations susceptible to ground movement, SuDS helps plan sustainable draining systems. We use GIS to deliver this site specific advice to both industry and homeowners as a digital dataset or via our bespoke reporting service (GeoReports).
All things have a place. Everything happens somewhere. Happy World GIS Day to you!