Ordnance Survey has completed a three year project, compiling data from 700 million laser beams and creating a highly-detailed map of the town. The laser data was combined with 2D maps and with photos taken from the air. The final result can be seen in the video below:
With this map, Bournemouth claims to be “the best mapped place on the planet”. That may be partially true, but a map via YouTube can only do so much. If they can push this data to Google Earth, or at provide some kind of viewing software, it’ll be a different story.
The service will be rolled out to the rest of Britain eventually, but likely not for at least five years while they perfect the new method.