Since it became a unitary local authority, Poole Council in England has used a geographical information system (GIS) for a wide range of applications. This article describes the system and its resulting benefits in efficiency and quality of service. The GIS is based on the Cadcorp spatial information system (SIS) digital mapping and CIS software suite, and was supplied by MVS Consultants. Poole's GIS project began in 1997, after a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the potential role of GIS within the authority. Eight of the authority's service units are using the system daily for planning design and control, highways, transport, etc. The system has already reduced the council's total administration costs, and increased its level and speed of service. For example, a traffic engineer can have information on a specific traffic regulation order displayed on the screen of his personal computer almost at once; previously, this sort of work had to be done using paper maps, and took several days. The GIS database holds all the Ordnance Survey map sheets for the Poole area. Information about over 18,500 items of street furniture, including their locations and descriptions, has been acquired and added to the database. The system's extensive computer-aided design (CAD) facilities has been applied to traffic calming schemes.

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    Hemming Group, Limited

    32 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
  • Authors:
    • MCLEOD, N
  • Publication Date: 1999-4-22


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 17,19-20
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 186
    • Issue Number: 5529
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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  • Accession Number: 00767167
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 6 1999 12:00AM