When the Coronavirus outbreak first started, it was clear that contingency plans should be put in place in the event of home working. This included mapping drive time areas from staff postcodes to assist with business planning.
ODC offered to help any social housing provider get a quick overview and allow them to make decisions quickly through GIS. Mosscare St. Vincent’s immediately saw the benefits and their staff locations and properties were plotted on the map along with examples of drive time areas from staff postcodes to assist with business planning on the back of the current pandemic.
Gareth Eadsforth- Head of Asset Management at Mosscare St. Vincent’s said “The map allows us to see staff locations in relation to our properties, so at a glance we can see who is able to provide cover in certain areas if required. During the current climate it’s a really useful tool to have available and has been well received by the staff that are using it.”
In this situation, and others, GIS enabled MSV Officers to plan efficiently and utilise staff in a way that minimise travel and ensured tenants were supported during the ‘COVID-19 lockdown’,