GeoSolveIT, a geographic information systems consultancy, has been awarded a two year contract by the Department for Transport (DfT) to update the National Origin-Destination Survey Databank database and associated website which is used by transport planners throughout the country. The website – www.dft.gov.uk/odsdatabank – provides a complete and comprehensive picture of where information on the origin-destination surveys has been collected in Great Britain.
The ODS Databank website shows the location of roadside, public transport and home-interview surveys which have been undertaken by a range of participants, including local authorities and consultants, often working on behalf of the DfT or the Highways Agency. The website is scheduled to be updated every other year and has recently undergone an update for sites added during 2007. This will take account of the most recent surveys.
As a result, this newly-launched website incorporates major new surveys and brings the database up to date in terms of available origin-destination datasets. The next update will be in 2009 and will play an even more important role in providing planners with access to information necessary to support decisions relating to transport infrastructure.
“This dataset will become more important as a reference source of information as it becomes increasingly more expensive to acquire new data,” explains GeoSolveIT Managing Director, Nigel Robbins. “Transportation is a major economic and environmental issue – it’s a top priority for everyone concerned, from road users to businesses and government planners.
“The Databank recognises the importance of being able to provide access to this information to support transport network decisions. By providing a central location where surveys can be identified, this will significantly increase the re-use of travel survey data and reduce disruption to travellers in the capture of the data in support of transport-related decisions. To assist in the process of identifying previous surveys, the website is underpinned by GeoSolveIT’s innovative use of mapping technologies”
The ODS Databank
Developed in 1997, the Origin-Destination Survey Databank (ODS) project originated from the need to bring together a disparate range of traffic movement surveys that are undertaken annually across the UK. This information forms an important source of a range of survey data from a number of stakeholders. This information has recently been updated to 2007 and includes roadside, public transport and home-interview survey locations and associated information about the surveys.
The information collected is primarily used by transport planners within local authority and transport planning/engineering consultants working on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT). The information is typically used as part of the wider process to help inform decisions on transport network improvements.
Back in 1997, the DfT identified that no single definitive record of movement surveys in the UK existed. As a result a database of these surveys was compiled. This was subsequently extended to include a web-based mapping solution to show the location of the survey sites (www.dft.gov.uk/odsdatabank).
As information on travel conditions become increasingly more difficult to collect, it is important to re-use available travel information where appropriate. The ODS project aims to provide the transport planning profession with access to this information in a single central and consistent format that is easily referenced.
GeoSolveIT is a specialist consultancy providing geographic information management solutions and associated business support services to Government and the private sector.
GeoSolveIT provides solutions that create value through the use of geographic information. In doing so, we aim to add-value and improve the decision-making process through the application of geographically-related data. Utilising GeoSolveIT’s extensive knowledge and experience our consultants have helped a range of clients solve their business problems and provide clarity to key issues more effectively by informing through map-based solutions within an IT environment.
GeoSolveIT provides a full capability of services including consultancy, project management and implementation, web-based solutions for spatial applications, application development and associated business support services: http://www.GeoSolveIT.com
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