Data Capture can be a daunting process to undertake, whether it be Grounds Maintenance or PAI projects for ESRI, Cadcorp or other systems you can rest assured that Oxford Data Consultancy have the knowledge to help you choose the best solution and the experience and expert skills required to see each project through from commencement to delivery of your new accurate modern GIS data.
The main markets Oxford Data Consultancy have experience working in are:
- Social Housing
- Local Government
- Private Industries
These are just some of the services we could help you with:
Grounds Maintenance Capture
The capture of Ground Maintenance (GM) data into a GIS enables the accurate calculation of the area and perimeter of all GM features, thus providing a total for each feature, but also subtotals for each estate / neighbourhood. ODC undertake the capture of the GM data from digital sources supplemented with local knowledge or site visits. Following the capture the data can be provided in GIS or PDF formats. The inclusion of PDFs and Bill of Quantities created by this methodology have been used by several Housing Associations when tendering their Ground Maintenance. These HAs have reported a saving, on average, of 15% on previous contracts.
Features that can be captured include the following:
- Shrub Beds
- Flower Beds
- Rose Beds
- Vegetable Plots
- Hard Surface
- Loose Stone
- Resin Bound Gravel
- Wood Chippings
- Safety Surface
- Unit/Block Paving
Site Services Capture
In addition to the grounds maintenance information many housing associations choose to have other information captured for their sites. Though of limited use when tendering for a grounds maintenance contractor these ï¿½site serviceï¿½ items can give a more complete view of what needs to be maintained for each site and can also affect the service charges for each property.
Features we have captured for housing associations include the following:
- Benches (timber, metal, concrete, etc)
- Bin Stores
- Bins (litter, recycling, dog, grit)
- Bollards (concrete, metal, wooden, etc)
- Car Parking Bays
- Cycle Racks
- Drying Areas
- Fences (timber, chain link, metal railings, etc)
- Gates (timber, metal)
- Knee Rails (timber, metal)
- Lights (Lamposts, Wall Lights, Bollard Lights, Floor Lights, etc)
- Linear Drainage Channels
- Other Structures (pumping stations, septic tanks, laundry rooms, scooter stores, sheds, biomass boilers, oil storage tanks, cycle shelters, etc)
- Play Areas (including number of equipment)
- Sports Facilities (MUGA, Football Pitches, outdoor gym, etc)
- Walls (Brick Wall, Stone Wall, Wall Combination, etc)
- Water Features and Equipment associated with water features (standpipe, life ring, pump, fountain, play feature, etc)
On-Site Anomaly Clarification
The capture process above produces anomalies where the digital sources are unclear. Neighbourhood officers usually have a detailed knowledge of their areas, and can answer the majority of these anomalies without the need for visiting the site. Where visits are required, either because the neighbourhood officers are new or do not have the time to process the data, ODC can undertake this on behalf of the client. A small team will visit each of the sites and resolve up to 90% of the anomalies. The remaining will be subjective queries that will require the clients input, but this still represents a significant saving in terms of resources.
Land Terrier Capture
- Lease to the Organisation
- RTB Sale
- Land Sales
- Lease By the Organisation
- Fencing Responsibilities (T Bars)
- Footpath Identification and Capture
In the case Gulliksen v Pembrokeshire Council 2002 4 ALL ER 450 it was ruled that pathways that are used by the general public are the responsibility of the Highway Authority regardless of whether they are on land that has been transferred to a Housing Association. One Housing Association has successfully used this to pass the maintenance of these pathways back to the council benefitting in a saving of ï¿½150,000 per year. ODC capture these pathways to facilitate this transfer.
Basic Land and Property Unit Capture
Using a list of addresses along with Mastermap Topography ODC can easily capture the extents of your organisations properties. Creation of BLPU polygons in this way has wide-ranging benefits for a local authority particularly in the following departments:
- Building Control
- Land Charges
- Social Services
- Economic Development
- Photovoltaic (PV) Deployment Analysis
Identifying properties that are best suited for a PV installation can be a time consuming and costly exercise. Using Aerial Photography Oxford Data Consultancy can provide an analysis that enables the properties that are ideal for PV deployment to be identified.
You don’t need to be a data capture specialist or a GIS expert, leave that to us and if a solution is to be found Oxford Data Consultancy are dedicated to finding one that is right for you, your data and your budget.