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What sort of digital mapping do you recommend?
« on: June 14, 2018, 11:08:19 PM »
Digital mapping has greatly improved over the last few years.  In the UK, the Ordnance Survey 1:1250 maps, known as MasterMap, are the most detailed maps, showing all mapping objects, with each object separately identified.
These are now provided in a variety of formats and we recommend Shapefile format as being the easiest to use with NoiseMap.  Building height and topographical data is also available.  OS have an agreement to provide local authorities with digital mapping and if you are working for a local authority, they may be able to provide you with Shapefiles of the area, provided to sign a licence agreement. Otherwise, OS prefer it if you buy the mapping from one of their 'partner' companies, who generally charge according to the size of the area and the terms of the licence.

We have written some detailed guidance on the use of digital mapping with NoiseMap, which is available to download from our website, on this link: