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Creating Smarter Communities

Creating Smarter Communities

How Geospatial technology is helping build better places to live and work

Technology is a vital component of delivering smarter communities, but technology alone is not enough. Smart communities are born when people, place and technology come together to deliver outcomes that improve our places and the lives of those who live there.

Increasingly, citizens, businesses and public sector organisations are working together to make decisions. Government should no longer be seen as something that is ‘done’ to people. Instead, citizens are playing an increasing role in achieving the aspirations of their communities through collaborative initiatives.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are providing the vital context to underpin and support decision-making, informing opinion and helping to test and shape policy, plans and the future. There are challenges ahead for everyone if we are to realise the vision of smart communities.

Read this Spotlight report by Smart Cities World which demonstrates the role of GIS in Smart Communities with in depth examples from:

Crossrail | Leeds City Council | Glasgow City Council | Greater London Authority

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The Geo-centric Railway

The Geo-centric Railway

Why location matters in the Rail industry

A whitepaper researched and written by Daniel Irwin, Geospatial Lead for Crossrail, a £15B railway construction project in London and the South-East – at the time, one the largest infrastructure projects in Europe. Published in 2018, the whitepaper includes contributions from Transport for London, Network Rail, High Speed 2, Crossrail 2, London underground, EMAS, Skanska and Mott MacDonald.

The rail industry has always had a need to answer the question of ‘where’ and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can provide that answer. This paper seeks to highlight some of the reasons why GIS should be used within rail organisations to address location based tasks, from planning through to operation and beyond.

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Transforming the Nuclear Industry

Transforming the Nuclear Industry

Using the power of spatial information to increase operational efficiency

Understanding location and spatial relationships is fundamental to increasing operational efficiency in the Nuclear industry. From site selection and environmental management to public consultation, construction and site operations, this interactive eBook explores the application of innovative technology to achieve significant operational efficiency improvements throughout the Nuclear Industry. Discover real world examples of how major nuclear sites in the UK are using digital mapping and spatial analysis to transform their operations.

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Canal and River Trust Open Data

Canal and River Trust Open Data

We are a charity, entrusted to care for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.

We all live in an increasingly fast-paced and crowded world. Our historic waterways are the antidote to this. They provide an unfenced, ‘no turnstiles’ opportunity to interact with history and nature next to soothing water.

Many people don’t realise that our waterways are only here thanks to the efforts of thousands of volunteers and the generous donations you give.

On top of maintaining 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, which are often over 200 years old, we are responsible for an enormous network of bridges, embankments, towpaths, aqueducts, docks and reservoirs and more.

From improving towpaths for cyclists and creating new wildlife habitats to maintaining our distinctive infrastructure, we are constantly working to make our canals and rivers the very best they can be.

And thanks to our waterways millions of children have the chance to experience local wildlife – even to see a kingfisher or an otter close up. Those struggling with the pressures of day-to-day life have somewhere to rejuvenate themselves. And many of us have a place on our doorstep where we can simply stretch our legs and soak up 200 years of history.

Our waterway network is a national treasure. It makes people’s lives better. We’re here to ensure that it is protected forever.

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Know Your Place – Bristol City Council

Know Your Place – Bristol City Council

Know Your Place is a custom website that allows you to explore your neighbourhood through historic maps, images and linked information. IT is about learning and sharing information about historic Bristol.

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ArcGIS for Smart Communities

ArcGIS for Smart Communities

Are you working in Government to make your community smarter? Smart communities should be safe, well-run, liveable, healthy, prosperous and sustainable. Explore this Story Map, to find out how:

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Seaside Piers Around Britain

Seaside Piers Around Britain

The seaside piers around the coast of Britain stand as a powerful reminder of the achievements of Victorian engineers and entrepreneurs. At the turn of the last century, almost a hundred piers existed: now only half remain and several face an uncertain future. This story map will guide you around Britain’s surviving piers.

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