UK Uses Aerial Maps
The use of aerial maps has been widely adapted by a number of governments as well as commercial organizations world wide due to the unique possibilities they open, not forgetting the wealth of information such maps provide. In the UK, aerial maps are being used for a number of purposes by many government departments as well as commercial enterprises, like the world over.
Aerial maps can be used for land evaluation. A number of property developers use aerial maps to evaluate the potential of a piece of land as well as have a more considered approach to developing property . Insurers, like property developers, find aerial maps helpful. They are able to view an area in its entirety, something that would be difficult without such maps and come to a decision as to weather they will insure a certain business or property and at what risk.
Geologists, as well as soil conservation groups, have embraced the use of aerial maps as they provide the ability to scrutinize an area in its entirety, be it vegetation, soil erosion as well as the change in terrain. Take, for instance, the comparison of two aerial maps of the same place taken five years apart, it could bring to light amazing information. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) find aerial photography useful, hence the use the maps in conjunction with other data to form a much clearer picture on a number of issues, which helps in the decision making process.
Aerial maps have been helpful in combining other data and coming up with a computer generated real life simulation of events that is very lifelike.
Aerial maps have been useful in planning towns. Most local councils make good use of the maps as they help in whether certain building activities should get planning permission or not, as well as the designation of activities within a town or city. The effective continued planning for a growth of a city or town requires aerial maps to enable town planners to do their work.
In archeology, aerial maps have helped the direction in which big excavation projects take shape.
With a bird's eye view, decisions can be made as to which direction people on the ground are to take and also helps evaluate certain structures, such as old buildings, something that is distorted if we are on the ground. After a successful excavation, aerial maps are crucial in evaluating the site as a whole. They make such analysis possible.
Aerial maps have been used in fire fighting. Take the Buncefield fuel deport fire in 2005; aerial maps proved very beneficial in helping fire fighters contain the fire as well as handle the evacuation. Such uses cannot be overstated and the benefits of such maps was phenomenal.
The accuracy of aerial maps as well as the ease of manipulation in 3D has been a major boost to how we evaluate the land around us as well as even in security operations at times.