Geordie desk map surveys the markets

March 10, 1995

A geographical information system and mapping application developed with the help of Newcastle University's surveying department has been brought to market by a spinoff company.

The Deskmapper software can manage an unlimited number of digital maps and drawings at one time, making it appear to the user as though a selected area of one big map sheet is being viewed.

Users can choose the area to view by pointing with the mouse or typing the name of a street. From there they can call up detailed local information such as the position of underground cables or water conduits.

David Parker, senior lecturer in the department, worked on the application in its early stages.

He said: "Deskmapper takes full advantage of digital mapping to give users a seamless database unlimited by map boundaries."

The application, which was developed with financial help from the university's Quantum Fund is being marketed by Automapper Ltd, a company formed by the university's Ventures Ltd with a group of AutoCAD and Ordnance Survey registered developers.

Local authorities are seen as a first market for the application but the university is also targeting the National Health Service and central government bodies, estate managers, prison authorities and civil engineering firms.

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