The new imagery and associated lidar data provides a full 3D digital representation of the environment and can be viewed simultaneously alongside other geospatial data.
The London Borough of Harrow has added high-definition street-level imagery and lidar data to its corporate GIS system, giving staff access to an accurate digital twin of the borough.
Provided by Esri UK partner Cyclomedia, the new imagery and associated lidar data provides a full 3D digital representation of the environment and can be viewed simultaneously alongside other geospatial data within the Esri GIS. This could include street furniture, council tax records, planning applications and Ordnance Survey data.
The move is designed to improve the efficiency of various tasks in planning, highways and council tax and reduce the overall need for physical site visits.
The new imagery will mean the planning department can view properties alongside planning applications, Highways can verify that street works have been delivered or plan new mobility schemes, like cycle lanes, while the council tax department can carry out remote property inspections.
According to Esri, users can also apply the various analysis tools within the GIS system to the imagery, such as accurate measuring of properties or boundaries and viewshed analysis, to determine where shadows may fall from future developments, for example.
“High-resolution, current and time-stamped imagery along with lidar data gives us a reliable digital twin of the borough that we can trust”
Harrow reports it previously relied on other sources of street level imagery but wanted more accurate, higher resolution and timely information to provide a true virtual understanding of its local area. Esri UK brought in partner Cyclomedia to help solve the challenge.
Cyclomedia data is captured by its fleet of 100-megapixel camera cars and includes roads in Harrow which were not covered by the previous street imagery.
“The Cyclomedia data helps us achieve a digital twin, easily accessible within our Esri GIS to make remote decision-making easier for staff, right across the organisation in numerous departments,” said Sam Tizzard, head of GIS at London Borough of Harrow.
“High-resolution, current and time-stamped imagery along with lidar data gives us a reliable digital twin of the borough that we can trust, vital in carrying out effective management, maintenance and planning. It also helps to dramatically reduce site visits, which is essential as new hybrid working methods evolve to help keep staff and the public safe due to Covid-19.”
Founded in 1969, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organisations worldwide. Esri UK offers GIS solutions to a range of markets in both the public and private sector and claims more than two thirds of local authorities in England and Wales are customers.