Ibstock Brick Limited, the leading manufacturer of bricks in the UK, is using a sophisticated mapping system to view detailed information about its sites.
Supplied by GGP Systems, the Geographical Information System (GIS) is enabling land and property managers throughout the UK to access information including planning permissions, land tenure records and environmental features. Operating across the Ibstock computer network, GGP’s GIS links directly to a Microsoft Access Land Terrier database. Managers can visualise site boundaries, development restrictions and property occupation information in their true geographical position against a backdrop of Ordnance Survey mapping.
“By providing managers throughout the UK with remote access to detailed land and property information we can improve the quality and the efficiency of our decision making and work together as a team,” said Nick Spence, Properties and Mineral Surveyor. “GGP GIS operates across the network, instantly accessing a centralised database, so the information is always available and always up to date.”
Ibstock Brick Ltd operates 23 brick plants throughout the UK and over 30 quarries, from Tannochside near Glasgow to Swanage on the south coast, with an annual capacity in excess of 900 million bricks. In addition the company owns or manages a range of other land and property holdings including city centre based offices and agricultural land. Detailed site information including quarrying restraints, planning permission and land tenure records are held in a central Microsoft Access database. Using an SQL Server database engine, a Citrix networking solution and GGP GIS as the front end map window managers can have instant, secure access from anywhere in the UK.
“The integration of individual technology components is the key to the success of this solution, continued Nick Spence. “GGP Systems has provided excellent support throughout the project from initial installation to ongoing technical advice.”
GGP Systems provides a complete solution for the creation, maintenance, management and analysis of geographically enabled information, for example an address, postcode or map reference. The Croydon-based company also offers a range of other solutions including tools for the creation and management of corporate property databases, systems integration, training and consultancy.
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