Ordnance Survey Road Networks & Prospex GIS Software

April 15, 2016

Ordnance Survey (OS) is one of the main providers of road network data for use in GIS software. Here’s an overview of the different types of road network data and how they can be used. Many business decisions have a …

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How Pi Helped the Geographer Map out the World

March 14, 2016

Does the Greek letter pi (π) conjure really boring maths lessons from your youth? Then it might surprise you to learn that some people actually celebrate the magical number each March 14th. That date is 3/14 in American format, echoing pi’s approximate …

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London’s demographics have changed since the last mayoral election

February 11, 2016

In May many Londoners will go to the polls to elect a new mayor. Using P2 People & Places we’re going to explore how geodemographics can be used to understand the different types of people that live in London and …

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Planning inquiry: Using our products, data & expertise to provide evidence

July 27, 2015

Planning Inquiry: Is a crematorium needed? It’s important to note that the techniques and processes used to produce this evidence is applicable to most other types of planning inquiry. Whether it’s for a new retail centre, GP surgery, sports centre or …

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Beacon Dodsworth gets the key to the door

March 6, 2015

21 years on… The past Back in 1994 we were developing and starting to ship a Windows version of a mapping system called Prospex (we had a previous DOS version written in Ada when 4Mb memory boards were big enough …

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Age by Sex Census Data 2011

July 24, 2014

Towards the end of July the UK version of the 2011 Age by Sex census table will become available. Beacon Dodsworth will take the data based on census geography and transform it onto postcode based geography for ease of use. …

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How long will my retirement funds need to last?

May 20, 2014

In the recent budget the chancellor George Osborne announced that the rules that dictate how people spend the money in their pension funds were going to change in 2015. In the current system, most people buy an annuity with their …

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What has the census ever done for us?

May 12, 2014

The census offices of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have been releasing the data from the 2011 census for public use over the past year. As the data becomes available we can process it to match the census …

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Lendal Bridge Closure: Halfway Through the Six Month Trial

January 16, 2014

In August 2013, I published a blog forecasting how the closure of Lendal Bridge between 10-30 and 17-00 daily could affect York residents. Using the routing installed in our desktop GIS software; Prospex, my blog highlighted the effect on journey …

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Mapping Population density with Prospex

January 3, 2014

We used used our software to map population density and see whether England the most overcrowded major country in EU. We wanted to check how overcrowded the UK is compared to other countries in the world and also  help people (and their …

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