Carter Jonas
Carter Jonas

Put your business on the map

Latest figures from Ordnance Survey show that less than five per cent of its revenue comes from paper maps.

It is now generally accepted that the electronic landscape has certain advantages when it comes to looking after its physical counterpart - accurate and detailed maps of land and property assets are key to their efficient management and really help the swift resolution of boundary disputes.

With this in mind, Carter Jonas has moved its national mapping division to a new base in Oxford to allow for expansion of the team, which has already more than doubled to eight members.

So much information essential to the running of an estate is tied up in the memories of key personnel - detailed knowledge of land drains, culverts, and other drainage features they have acquired over years of on-site experience - but often remains vulnerable to staff changes and cannot be shared with contractors, who have to be led around.

Topographic surveys can be carried out relatively inexpensively, leading to the production of land terriers that aid the management of tenancies and scheduled maintenance. Converting this personally-held and physically-mapped data to an electronic format is a major boost to efficiency and also secures the information for the landowner. Carter Jonas can securely host this commercially-sensitive information and make it accessible to authorised personnel through interactive mapping portals.

Surveying has come a long way since the invention of the theodolite. For instance, the latest application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology assists farmers identify the spread of invasive species or target crop spraying operations. 

The best results are obtained when a GIS is used to combine remote sensing data with local knowledge and accurate information about soil conditions and ground water, before planning precisely where, or where not, to take action on improvement measures.

Scanning technology can also be of use in evaluating and monitoring buildings, bridges and earth banks that may be at risk from subsidence, erosion, or structural defects. Firms that integrate surveys with mapping, architecture, and masterplanning have a distinct advantage when it comes to looking after old assets and visualising new opportunities.

Land owners considering planning applications need information on the environment beyond their boundary; this information can be freely available, but often attracts a charge and may not be sufficiently detailed. There are questions of scale and resolution governing the clarity of the information, while traditional political mapping is no longer the reliable indicator that it once was of likely local opinion on sensitive topics such as fracking or housing development. Experience in finding, then analysing, the right information to support the right decision, is key.

Combining electronically-held socio-economic distributions with additional information, such as access to transport and utilities, neatly describes the need for, and viability of, a development or the potential catchment for a new utility provider.

Carter Jonas offers a fully integrated spatial information service that harnesses accurate GPS surveys and a state-of-the art GIS enterprise to deliver powerful planning and decision-making tools in an accessible format. The substantial expansion of our services has an operational focus that allows clients to access a national service with the responsiveness expected from a more local agent.

andy williams

Andy Williams

Partner - Head of Mapping and GIS

Andy deals with all aspects of measured survey including Building Information Modelling (BIM) and flood risk assessment. He has extensive experience of drones and satellite technology for land class...

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