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The Environment Agency’s agile development aids rapid flood defence survey

The government has announced that military engineers would be deployed to assist the Environment Agency. 250 engineers from the navy, army, RAF and Royal Marines would conduct a “rapid inspection” of the nation’s 150,000 most critical flood defence assets to assess damage. These assets range from 15 – 20 kilometre long embankments to single sluice gates or outfalls. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond stated that, “we’re going to try and do in five weeks what would be about a two year programme of inspection.”

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The Environment Agency’s agile development aids rapid flood defence survey

“We had a number of significant problems to overcome. The application needed to work offline in areas with little or no 3G coverage.” Alex continues, “We needed to get the right level of detail for offline maps so we could zoom into the detail on the ground – buildings, roads and the exact location of our assets in relation to those – but we needed to break gigabytes of data into packages small enough to load quickly and easily onto the iPads.”

Alex Hincks Senior Project Manager, Environment Agency
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The Environment Agency uses Geocortex Essentials for web-GIS to help inform decisions

The Environment Agency selected Geocortex Essentials as part of its Strategic Mapping Platform and next generation EasiMap application. 1Spatial, the UK and Ireland reseller for Latitude Geographics, supplied Geocortex Essentials and helped the Environment Agency implement the EasiMap application. EasiMap will be available to 12,000 people around England through the Environment Agency. On average, over 3,000 people in the Environment Agency will log into the system via the internal intranet every day.

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The Environment Agency uses Geocortex Essentials for web-GIS to help inform decisions

“The agility of Geocortex is excellent and it is very easy to manage and configure. The fact that business or data people can configure EasiMap, as opposed to IT specialists is a real bonus to us”

Rob Jones Head of Mapping and GIS, Environment Agency
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Increasing data quality and performance at the Environment Agency

The Environment Agency wanted to improve various aspects of the National Flood and Coastal Defence Database (NFCDD) to enhance the reliability and performance of spatial data held within their Oracle database. They were able to make significant time-savings and improve system performance by increasing the efficiency of spatial queries and data updates. Overall, the process enabled error-free data to be analysed and results obtained 35% faster than was possible before.

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