Arun District Council has migrated to GIS and web mapping technology from Cadcorp for a range of geospatial applications for its staff and residents.
Peter Marsh, systems development manager, Arun District Council, said, “The procurement exercise was initiated by the pressing need to replace our internal and external web-based GIS software. However, we weren’t simply looking for like-for-like replacements. We wanted to enhance the editing capabilities of our internal web GIS, and retire some of our desktop GIS licences.
“We also wanted to replace an existing spatial data warehouse and data loader with one based on our preferred Microsoft SQL Server database, and it had to be easy for us to load all Ordnance Survey PSMA and OpenData layers into that spatial database.”
Cadcorp’s Web Map Layers is being used for the council’s ‘My Arun’ self-service portal, choice-based lettings, and housing and economic land availability assessments (HELAA).
Regarding the land assessments, Marsh said, “Our planning department needed a simple map that it could publish quickly and easily. Since Web Map Layers is an out-of-the box product, building an application such as the HELAA viewer was a case of customisation rather than development. It was straightforward to specify the map layers in SQL Server to populate the application, and a simple matter to link to our local land and property gazetteer to provide address-searching.”