Mar 302018
 
new building height coverage

Building Height Coverage

Ordnance Survey have released nearly 5000 extra 5km squares of building height data, with the total coverage increasing from 2578 to 7302. Each square has at least one building with height attributes added, with most fully covered. We have added this data to Digimap’s Data Download facility allowing you easy access to the data you need.

The Building Heights data is available from Data Download in a range of formats created especially for Digimap users. The most straightforward to use are DWG, File Geodatabase and KML which can be viewed directly in CAD, GIS and Google Earth respectively. You can also take the data as a CSV list that can be joined to the attribute table of any existing MasterMap Building data you have, using the TOID identifier. This means that you don’t have to recreate your project work with new data if you have already spent a lot of time working on it; as long as the buildings still have a TOID in their attribute data you can add the height information to it.

The Building Heights data is ideal for anyone working with the MasterMap data in 3D and has a range of applications in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Modelling, Archaeological Reconstructions and many more different disciplines. Here are a couple of examples:

OS MasterMap Topography Layer Building Height Attribute data on top of OS Terrain 5 Contours

OS MasterMap Topography Layer Building Height Attribute data on top of OS Terrain 5 Contours

 

3D model using Aerial Imagery, OS Terrain 5 DTM and MasterMap Building Height Attribute

3D model using Aerial Imagery, OS Terrain 5 DTM and MasterMap Building Heights Data

 

 March 30, 2018  Posted by at 10:43 am Data Changes & Additions, Digimap News, Of Interest Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on OS MasterMap Building Height Data gets significant update
Mar 292018
 

The Points of Interest (PoI) data is great for research and you can make fantastic looking maps too as we have been showcasing on our twitter account. You have certainly been making the most of it too, with 16,877 PoI downloads being made since May 2015. Here are 3 dot density maps we made to show a single class of PoI data:

Points of Interest: Camping and Caravanning Dot Density mapPoints of Interest: Cattle Grids Dot Density mapPoints of Interest: Allotments Dot Density Map

However until today you had to take all the different classes of points for your specified area and you were limited to taking no more than 10,000 Km2 in a single download. As PoI data is split into 9 groups, 52 categories and over 600 classes (see the full scheme here), we though it would make things easier if we exposed some of this hierarchy in Digimap’s Data Download service.

You can now select one or more of the groups or categories to download, taking some of the data processing load off you and making your downloads more manageable. Being able to filter the features in your download by group or category means smaller downloads so we have also removed the limit on the area you can take; you can now take the whole country in one download if you want.

One note of caution though, the PoI data has around 4.5 million records and is over 1gb in size as a simple CSV file. So if you are taking national coverage you may want to only take one group or a few categories to minimise the amount of data you are dealing with.

To select a group or category of features simply add PoI data to your basket then use the drop down menu in the layers column to choose what you are interested in.

Points of Interest data in the digimap download basket

We hope that you find this change really improves the accessibility of the Points of Interest data, we look forward to seeing some of the interesting analyses and maps you produce!

 March 29, 2018  Posted by at 4:24 pm Data Changes & Additions, Digimap News, New Features Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on Points of Interest now easier to download
Jun 062017
 

May was one of the busiest in terms of dataset updates in the history of Digimap. Around 20 separate datasets have been updated bringing them bang up to date with the most recent data available from the data suppliers. All the updates are listed in the tables below, broken down by the Collection and service that they can be found in.

Withdrawn Datasets (OS Collection):

OS Download Withdrawn Datasets

OS Download Withdrawn Datasets [click to expand]

Along with the updated data, Ordnance Survey have recently withdrawn three datasets:

  • Land-Form PANORAMA
  • OS Street View
  • Meridian 2 (this was covered in an earlier blog post)

These withdrawn datasets are still available to download through the Ordnance Survey Data Download application in Digimap, but users should be aware that they are no longer updated by Ordnance Survey. Withdrawn datasets have their own separate category in the Select Data panel in OS Data Download, as shown by the image on the left hand side.

 

 

OS Roam:

Product Name OS Publication Date
1:50,000 Colour Raster March 2017
OS Open Map – Local (vector) April 2017
VectorMap Local (vector) April 2017
VectorMap District (vector) March 2017
VectorMap Local Raster April 2017
VectorMap District Raster March 2017

 

OS Download:

Product Name OS Publication Date
VectorMap Local Raster April 2017
VectorMap District Raster March 2017
VectorMap District (vector) March 2017
OS Open Roads October 2016 and April 2017
OS Open Map – Local (raster) April 2017
OS Open Map – Local (vector) April 2017
OS Terrain 5 DTM April 2017
OS Terrain 5 Contours April 2017
OS Open Names April 2017
VectorMap Local (vector) April 2017
Code-Point with Polygons April 2017
OS Open Rivers April 2017

 

Geology Download:

Product Name BGS Publication Date
Borehole index April 2017

 

The datset update pages are kept up to date with all dataset updates in the collections:

If you have any questions about the dataset updates or Digimap please contact us:

  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
 June 6, 2017  Posted by at 1:36 pm Digimap News Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,  Comments Off on Huge number of datasets updated in May 2017
Dec 222016
 

OS Open Map – Local (OML) was recently added to the Digimap Roam application, giving users the ability to create maps online with a detailed, vector open dataset. OML is the most detailed vector mapping product available from Ordnance Survey as Open Data. We have added this dataset to the following map views in Digimap Roam:

Map View Default Print Scale
Neighbourhood View 1:10,000
Street View 1:5,000
Detailed View 1:2,500

The dataset is rich in features and includes detailed building outlines and Car Charging Points, which are sourced from the National Charge Registry.

OS Open Map - Local showing Coventry City Centre

OS Open Map – Local showing Coventry City Centre

Ordnance Survey first released OML as a beta product in March 2015 and Digimap users have been able to download this dataset via the Data Download application since April 2015. The October 2016 release of OML marks the end of the beta period and provides the first main version of the dataset.

OML is intended to be used as a detailed basemap on which to visualise your own data and is designed to be an alternative to OS Street View, which will be withdrawn in March 2017 by Ordnance Survey.

The cartography team at Digimap have worked hard to implement a consistent style with that of the smaller scale VectorMap District product, ensuring a familiar look and feel between the two Open Data products. Contours from the OS Terrain 50 product are included when viewing the data in Roam, to give greater context especially in rural and hilly areas.

OS Open Map - Local showing Canary Wharf

OS Open Map – Local showing Canary Wharf

Further information on the new dataset can be found on the Digimap help page or the Ordnance Survey website. We hope you like the new data, if you have any questions about the dataset or Digimap please contact us:

  • Phone: 0131 650 3302
  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
 December 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 pm Data Changes & Additions, Digimap News, New Features, Of Interest Tagged with: , , , , ,  Comments Off on OS Open Map Local added to Roam
Mar 092016
 

Last week (3rd March) we released a new version of Digimap which includes a number of changes that may be of interest to our growing user base. Our set-up allows us to release new versions without requiring any downtime so the recent changes are highlighted below as they may not be obvious at first glance.

Greyscale versions of the 1:25,000 Colour Raster and 1:50,000 Colour Raster have been added to OS Roam

We have added greyscale versions of the 1:25,000 Colour Raster and 1:50,000 Colour Raster products in the Roam client of the Ordnance Survey Collection. These can be selected using the Basemaps drop-down.

Greyscale 1:25,000 Colour Raster with annotations

The new greyscale versions make it much easier to see your annotations on top of the basemap. The greyscale versions can be saved and printed like all other basemaps available in OS Roam.

Warning about losing changes in all Roam clients

If you customise a map in one of the Roam clients, for example by modifying the layers that are displayed or by creating annotations on the map, then press the browsers back button or navigate away from Roam you will now see a warning prompt advising you that you may lose your changes. The prompt that is displayed in Chrome is shown below:

Confirm navigation

The prompt is not displayed if you have saved the map, printed the map, or exported the annotations.

Updates to the Open/Save wording in all Roam clients

We have updated the text on the Open and Save menus in all Roam clients to make it clearer what each option does:

Roam Open drop down

Open > Saved maps allows you to open any maps you have previously created and saved within Roam.

Open > Import annotations is where you go to import external datasets in to Roam (we currently support the import of datasets in Shapefile, KML, GPX, CSV, and GeoJSON formats).

 

Roam Save drop down

Save > Save map will save the current map extents along with any annotations to Digimap for retrieval at a later date.

Save > Export annotations allows you to export annotations from Roam as an external dataset for use GIS/CAD (we currently support the export of datasets in Shapefile, KML, and GeoJSON formats).

 

Background mapping in Data Download of all Collections is now shown in greyscale

The background mapping data in all Data Download clients has been converted to greyscale:

OS Data Download

This makes it much easier to see the availability and reference grids in these applications.

Further improvements

We hope you enjoy using these new features. We are continually improving the service so if you have any suggestions for improvements to the service please get in touch:

  • Phone: 0131 650 3302
  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
 March 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:27 pm Data Changes & Additions, Digimap News, New Features, Of Interest Tagged with: , , , ,  Comments Off on Improvements to Digimap February/March 2016
Aug 242015
 

VectorMap Local centred on London TowerAs well as releasing DWG versions of OS Terrain™ 5 (vector) and OS MasterMap® Topography Layer Building Height Attribute, a number of other datasets have been updated to the most recent versions available from Ordnance Survey. All datasets are available to download using the Digimap Data Download application in the Ordnance Survey collection.

The table below lists the datasets that have been updated and includes the OS release date:

Product Name OS Release Date
OS MasterMap® Topography Layer June 2015
OS MasterMap® Integrated Transport Network™ (ITN) Layer June 2015
OS MasterMap® ITN™ Layer Urban Paths Theme July 2015
OS MasterMap® Topography Layer Raster (1:2000 and 1:1000 scales) June 2015
1:5o,000 Colour Raster June 2015
OS VectorMap® Local July 2015
OS VectorMap® Local Raster July 2015
Code-Point With Polygons July 2015
Open Names July 2015

 

The data product updates help page is kept up to date with all dataset updates in the Ordnance Survey collection.

If you have any questions about the dataset updates or Digimap please contact us:

  • Phone: 0131 650 3302
  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
 August 24, 2015  Posted by at 11:00 am Data Changes & Additions, Digimap News, Of Interest Tagged with: , , ,  Comments Off on Digimap Data refreshed in OS Data Download – August 2015
Aug 212015
 

OS MasterMap O2 arenaA number of datasets have recently been updated in Ordnance Survey Roam, the Digimap online mapping application, bringing them up to date with the most recent versions available from Ordnance Survey. All datasets are available to view using the Roam application in the Ordnance Survey collection.

The table below lists all the datasets that have been updated and includes the OS release date:

Product Name OS Release Date
OS MasterMap Topography Layer July 2015
1:25,000 Colour Raster June 2015
1:50,000 Colour Raster June 2015
VectorMap® Local July 2015
VectorMap® Local Raster July 2015

 

The data product updates help page is kept up to date with all dataset updates in the Ordnance Survey collection.

If you have any questions about the dataset updates or Digimap please contact us:

  • Phone: 0131 650 3302
  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 11:00 am Data Changes & Additions, Digimap News, Of Interest Tagged with: , , ,  Comments Off on Datasets updated in OS Roam – August 2015
Aug 052015
 

We are pleased to announce the release of DWG versions of both OS Terrain™ 5 (vector) and OS MasterMap® Topography Layer Building Height Attribute, which makes their use in CAD applications much easier and quicker.

Recently we have been working to produce DWG versions of the detailed vector dataset OS Terrain™ 5 and the popular Building Height Attribute component of OS MasterMap® Topography Layer. Both these datasets have proved popular with CAD users for detailed modelling applications but until now using them has proved time-consuming as many steps were required to convert them in to a format suitable for use in CAD applications.

OS Terrain 5 Vector

OS Terrain 5 Vector is dataset consisting of contour lines with five metre vertical spacing and spot heights (point features). The dataset also includes contours for mean high and low water around coastal areas, along with labels for both spot heights and contours.  OS Terrain 5 is the most detailed height dataset available from Ordnance Survey. A Digital Terrain Model (DTM) version is also available in ASCII grid format and can be downloaded through Digimap.

Building Height Attribute (BHA)

As with the other BHA datasets provided through Digimap the DWG version is supplied as a dataset of building polygons together with the building height attributes supplied by OS in the latest alpha release of their Building Height Attribute dataset (December 2014 at the time of writing). The DWG dataset is a 3D dataset which uses two of the height attributes supplied by OS to create the 3D features.  The base height of buildings is set using the value of the AbsHMin attribute and the roof height is defined by the AbsH2 attribute:

BHA Attributes

All height attributes supplied by OS, as indicated in the image above, are included as XDATA which can be readily viewed in CAD applications.

Note: the DWG BHA dataset is not supplied with a terrain surface so the building features will appear to float above the surface if it is displayed without a suitable terrain surface. We recommend using either OS Terrain 5 or OS Terrain 50, both of which can be downloaded from Digimap.

The image below shows OS Terrain 5 vector overlaid with BHA in AutoCAD 2015 for the area around Edinburgh Castle. Both datasets were supplied by Digimap in DWG format and required no manipulation or processing in order to display them.

OS Terrain 5 with Building Height Attribute

OS Terrain 5 vector and OS MasterMap BHA datasets are supplied on a 5x5km grid, so you may receive multiple multiple files if your area covers more than one 5km grid square.

We hope this makes it much easier to use the data and we welcome any feedback you may have.

  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
  • Phone: 0131 650 3302
 August 5, 2015  Posted by at 11:00 am Data Changes & Additions, Digimap News, Of Interest Tagged with: , , , ,  Comments Off on Additional products now available in DWG format for CAD users
Jun 302015
 
OS Terrain 5

OS Terrain 5 DTM with contours and spot heights

A number of datasets have been updated recently bringing them up to date with the most recent versions available from Ordnance Survey. All datasets are available to download using the Digimap Data Download application in the Ordnance Survey collection.

The table below lists all the datasets that have been updated and includes the OS release date:

Product Name OS Release Date
Points of Interest June 2015
1:25,000 Colour Raster June 2015
1:250,000 Colour Raster June 2015
1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer June 2015
Code-Point May 2015
Code-Point With Polygons May 2015
Code-Point Open May 2015
OS Terrain 5 DTM April 2015
OS Terrain 5 (contours) April 2015

 

The data product updates help page is kept up to date with all dataset updates in the Ordnance Survey collection.

Of particular note at this time is that Ordnance Survey have announced the withdrawal of the 1:50 000 Scale Gazetteer and OS Locator products following the release of OS Open Names in March 2015.

  • The last product update for 1:50 000 Scale Gazetteer will be June 2016.
  • The last product update for OS Locator will be May 2016

Following these releases Ordnance Survey will no longer supply, maintain or support the use of either OS Locator or 1:50 000 Scale Gazetteer.

If you have any questions about the dataset updates or Digimap please contact us:

  • Phone: 0131 650 3302
  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
 June 30, 2015  Posted by at 10:29 am Data Changes & Additions, Digimap News, Of Interest Tagged with: , , ,  Comments Off on Datasets updated in OS Data Download – June 2015
Jun 172015
 
OS VectorMap® Local Colour Raster

OS VectorMap® Local Colour Raster

A number of datasets have been updated in Ordnance Survey Roam, the Digimap online mapping application.

The table below lists all the datasets that have been updated and includes the OS release date:

Product Name OS Release Date
1:25,000 Colour Raster March 2015
1:50,000 Colour Raster March 2015
1:250,000 Colour Raster June 2015
VectorMap Local April 2015
VectorMap Local Raster April 2015

 

The data product updates help page is kept up to date with all dataset updates in the Ordnance Survey collection.

If you have any questions about the dataset updates or Digimap please contact us:

  • Phone: 0131 650 3302
  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
 June 17, 2015  Posted by at 11:12 am Data Changes & Additions, Digimap News, Of Interest Tagged with: , , ,  Comments Off on June 2015 dataset updates to OS Roam