Maps have evolved quite considerably over the centuries. From drawings on cave walls, to the Anaximander version in the 6th century which assumed that the earth was cylindrical. However, for most of us the earliest maps we remember were the paper ones, pulled out on family road trips and were the sole source of one too many family feuds. Fast forward a decade and our children will look perplexed at us as we explain the anguish of trying to fold it back into its perfect original form.
Maps have taken many shapes and forms, clay, silk, paper and electronic, but their core use has not changed dramatically over the centuries. Maps are still used daily to identify property boundaries, transportation routes and site developments for subdivisions to name but a few.
So it is really no surprise a property organisation such as The Property Group (TPG) introduced mapping to its array of skills 10 years ago. Since then TPG has broadened its services to include developing options for infrastructure projects by analysing topographical, environmental, council and property data to determine preferred options based on criteria such as contour, size, shape, zoning and distance to services and public transport.
With the rapid growth of data availability at our finger tips, and in conjunction with the Open Government Information and Data Programme, TPG Mapping team has been able to provide exciting innovative GIS products and services to our clients.
Recently the team created a 3D model map that enabled a client to view a site from many different angles, clearly showing whether a building constructed within a preferred building envelope would be visible. The client wanted to know whether their site could be developed without being visible from a nearby road to avoid any adverse visual impact on a nearby sculpture. The outcome would assist in deciding whether the land could be sold as a single development site or better suited for sale to an adjoining owner for a lesser amount as rural land.
The model enabled variations to be tested, including the height of any proposed building and the impact of placing a suitable acceptable screen. The client was able to determine that the site could be sold as a development lot and was able to maximise the return from the sale of the property with suitable building limitations.