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GIST GIS Talk— Talk—December 2011

Issue 6

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!!

Geographical Information Services Team

It’s that time of the year again, and the winter snow is due to hit us at any time. Be sure to check GIS to locate salt bins near you, and gritting routes to ensure the snow doesn’t stop you getting all that Christmas shopping done!!

GIS Team Stockton-on-Tees Borough

Aerial Photo’s


Stockton have led a consortium comprising neighbouring Authorities,

Gloucester House

Police, Fire, Harbour Master and local environmental organisations in the procurement of high quality ortho-rectified aerial photography. We have already received sets of high quality map-accurate images from 1999 and 2008 to compliment the 2000, 2005 and WWII vintage images of the area that we already held. The final deliverable will be brand new images covering the whole of the Tees Valley, expected to be captured in Spring and delivered in Summer 2012.

Inside this issue:

Aerial photography will be viewable through a range of GIS applications, and can be used to capture data, monitor change, help people visualise a site, or confirm the situation on the ground at a point in time.

72 Church Road Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1TW Tel: 01642 526016

Change of Address






New starter


GIS day 2011


ArcMap Faq’s


Christmas Quiz


GIST for Fun! Where is it always 90 degrees, but never warm?

We have negotiated for the imagery to be licensed for all corporate business use – just contact the GIS team for more information.

Ups and Downs As part of the aerial photography procurements we are going to get brand new height data (contours, digital elevation and terrain moels). This will be great for modelling flooding, viewsheds, slope and aspect. New tools allow us to create 3D images and models to help people visualise the landscape. Expect new height data to be available from summer 2012.

Base map update New Mastermap and raster data is now being used within maps@stockton and MapInfo based systems including ParkMap. You will notice updates such as the Infinity Bridge! The data isn’t all on desktop GIS yet, but will For the answer turn be in the near future! We will continue to update base mapping as usual over to page 2! throughout 2012.

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GIS Talk— Talk—December 2011

Change of Address It’s all change in the world of addressing. Postal Address File (PAF) products such as Ordnance Survey’s AddressPoint and Address Layer 2, and National Land and Property Gazetteers (NLPG) have been combined to create a single national address gazetteer (NAG). Users will be able to obtain extracts from NAG, branded as Addressbase. Older address systems are likely to be withdrawn in 2012 so all internal systems that hold address data should be matched to Addressbase. If you currently use an older address product please speak to David Renn so we can design a sensible migration strategy. For more details see From the 1st January, Janet Luddington, the Council’s Gazetteer Officer will be moving across to Gloucester House to join the GIS Team. Location information is at the heart of many of the services the Council delivers, and the Local Land & Property Gazetteer (LLPG) helps to provide a master list of all addresses and properties in the Borough. Using the Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) in a database means that each property has a single code which assists with better service delivery for our customers. Daily updates from the LLPG to back office and customer relationship management (CRM) systems help to provide efficient and cost-effective customer service. Janet and the team will be working to further integrate the LLPG into NAG. If you would like more information on the LLPG, please contact Janet Luddington; Telephone: 01642 526088 email:



Introducing GeoPlace… GeoPlace is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey. GeoPlace is to be the recognised centre of excellence for spatial address and street information management in Great Britain. GeoPlace's role is to create and maintain the National Address Gazetteer Database and the National Street Gazetteer for England and Wales, providing definitive sources of publicly-owned spatial address and street data. Through agreement with Scotland's Improvement Service Company, the plan is to extend the coverage to Scotland.

Ezytreev Our Arboriculturalists Stuart Hibbert and Mark Nozedar, have overseen the purchase of a new Tree Asset Management System, Ezytreev. Ezytreev will allow the Tree and Woodland Officers to efficiently manage, analyse and manipulate tree data. Ezytreev is an integrated tree inventory system enabling the officers to trace the full history of any SBC owned tree or woodland, including associated inspections, enquires and tree works simply through the tree detail record. Multiple digital photos and other documents i.e. PDF’s emails etc can also be associated with each tree. Although the system is office based, handheld devices allow the officers to take the tree data and maps on-site and data can be transferred back to the office giving real time data. The hand devices are capable of displaying aerial photos as well as GIS overlays and maps. The inbuilt GPS system will help plot the accurate location of the trees. Ezytreev can also store incoming correspondences and generate customisable letters and work orders. The data captured via Ezytreev can be used in ArcGIS ensuring people without the software as still able to view the tree data. For more information see

Dan’s the (GIS) man

Welcome to Daniel Hardwick who joined the GIS team in September! Daniel had previously worked in the Business Support Team, providing technical support for Technical Services, where he gained skills with GIS software such as ParkMap and Accident Statistics.

GIST for Fun ... The answer!! North & South poles!

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GIS Talk - December 2011

GIS Day 2011 Mission complete!!

The GIS team celebrated GIS day on Wednesday 16th November.

Our mascot, Gismo has spent the past 12 months as our special envoy. Not forgetting that geographic information is merely a representation of the real world he has travelled the planet on holiday with our GIS users. We asked staff via the SBC Notice Board if they could guess how far he had flown in that year! The end result…(apart from a golden tan!)… He travelled for a total of 65,926 air miles!! Thank you to everyone who took part in the competition and congratulations to Elaine Foster who guessed the closest (67,888). To celebrate this event the team decorated cookies and held a competition to see which one was decorated the best! Pictures were put on the SBC Notice Board and staff were asked to vote for their favourite. The winner was Paula Wilkes, who took the biscuit for decorating 10 cookies representing the countries that Gismo had travelled in his ‘world wide adventure’. David was disqualified for cheating - the rules stated cookies not brownies!!

ArcMap FAQ’s

Maps@Stockton tips Printing

Q. How do I insert a legend on

ArcMap? A.

Go to ‘print’ at the top of the M@S page.

Go to ‘Layout View’ on ArcMap, press ‘Insert’ > ‘Legend…’

In the pop up window remove all Legend Items from the window on the right pane by clicking on ‘<<’ Navigate to the layers you want to display the legend for on the left pane and click on it so its highlighted. Click on ‘>’ to move it into the ‘Legend Items’ pane. Click on next and amend the legend title as required and select next . Pick a border by clicking on the down arrow eg. 1 point and change the background colour to white. Next. Amend the name as necessary and next > finish. Use the black ‘Select Elements’ arrow to move the legend to the desired location.

There is 5 printing options;


Portrait (No legend)


Landscape (No legend)


The legend shows any themes you currently have selected. If you want to add text to your map, select ‘Advanced’, select portrait or landscape, then insert any text in the ‘Comments’ box.

Merry Christmas from everyone at the GIS Team!

Christmas Quiz Keep an eye on the Notice board for our maps@stockton Christmas quiz 2011!! This year its based on Christmas hits, use maps@stockton along with our clues to see if you can get them all!

GIST xmas 2011  

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