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Wednesday, 4 September, 2002, 08:26 GMT 09:26 UK
Two day mapping mission under way
Ordnance Survey map printer
The information will be printed on new maps
The town of Monmouth is being mapped in just two days, under the most intensive survey operation ever carried out.

Ordnance Survey staff from across Britain, will be plotting and charting the contours of the town, to update the main computer database of UK maps.

Ordnance Surveyor
The surveyors will spend two days collecting data

The 250 strong team, will visit the town - which has history dating back to the Roman times - on Wednesday and Thursday, to carry out a detailed survey of the area.

Their work will include surveying the shape of every building, finding the alignment of every road and pavement, and even discovering the exact locations of public telephone boxes.

The mapping exercise is the first of its kind to ever be undertaken by the organisation.

"Normally, Ordnance Survey staff work in small teams all over Britain gathering fresh information to add to the database - with a total of 5000 changes being made every night," said Charlie Payne, operations manager for Ordnance Survey - Wales and west of England.

"The Monmouth project is being undertaken as part of a special team-building exercise.

"Staff who often work in relative isolation will be able to get to know each other more, pick up fresh ideas to solve problems and help speed their work," he said.

Ordnance Surveyor
The two day project is the first of its kind

Preliminary work by photogrammetric staff in Southampton - who produce maps based on aeriel photography - has already been carried out.

They have used digital technology to produce three dimensional models of the town.

This information has been loaded on to hand-held computers along with previous map data, to help surveyors in their task.

New street names and property numbers will be added to the new maps when they are produced.

Paula Good, a spokeswoman for Ordnance Survey, said that Monmouth was picked from a number of towns in Britain that needed to be completed.

"When we looked at which town would be best to map out in two days, Monmouth was chosen.

"It is going to be a mini conference and the surveyors really wanted to put their skills to use - it is part work and part team building.

"They felt they could do the whole town from scratch - it is going to be very intensive."


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