This photo from the project captures and aerial shot of central Bath
Staff and students at Bath Spa University are helping to create a new 3D map of the whole of Britain.
The three year project, funded by a £200,000 grant, will improve the future technology of things like satellite navigation and TV weather forecasting.
Lecturer Alexander Koh has also devised a new type of camera for capturing oblique aerial photography.
The Azicam will be invaluable for all the emergency and security services, including police, fire and ambulance.
The Azicam is the first to capture multiple images of buildings using a single camera from an oblique angle.
Specialist software enables this imagery to be used to measure building heights and area and even create 3D models.
Oblique aerial photography is already being used by about a dozen councils to help with surveying and town planning.
The Bath Spa University students have also carried out research and development for a new national project called the People's Map.
Several councils so far, including Bath and North East Somerset Council, are adopting it to re-draw and update the digital map of their own local area.
Bath Spa University Principal Lecturer Alexander Koh said: "This partnership means that our students are getting experience of real life projects rather than from something we dream up.
"Getmapping and the Department of Trade and Industry have helped us by paying for the technology and data, while the university has helped create the products."