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Upgrade your Utility Search Records with FastView?


Fed up of drowning in Record Plans?... Upgrade your Utility Search Records with FastView!


What is FastView?

Centremaps have been producing desktop Utility Search Records (PAS128D) for a number of years, and, as part of a survey company with a specialist underground services department, are also regularly using the collated Records internally.

The information contained in the Records is critical when planning site changes and for the safety of your on-site workforce operating near active services. As anyone who has worked with these Records knows navigating the Utility Plan information across the collated Record can be laborious and challenging. This in turn can increase the risk of missed information as a coherent picture is attempted to be formed of the site.

This is where FastView and FastView + Linework comes in. By adding FastView to the Utility Search Record operators can quickly understand the plan information relative to their site using our innovative layered PDF. This PDF which is perfect for use both onsite and in the office provides georeferenced scaled plans of Utilities from the original Record, layered together for quick reference and comparison. With the layering system allowing users to turn Utility Layers on and off within the PDF the user can quickly and easily identify particular areas of concern or conflict on-site. Then, when required can refer to the full compiled Utility Search Records for any additional context and supporting information.

In addition FastView + Linework provides all of the above plus the added benefit of colour-coded Linework all services. This can be turned on and viewed all in one overlay for an even easier and clearer view of the Utility information.  

Centremaps is perfectly positioned to create and deliver this innovative solution. Working across reports nationally has enabled us to build a knowledge base of profiled responses by Utility providers which enables efficiency in georeferencing and ensures the consistency in interpretation and digitising that ensure both dependable content and great value.

What are the benefits of georeferenced scans?


Lets consider some of the benefits of adding FastView to your next Utility Search Record.  By pulling the mapping element out of the Utility Search Records and georeferencing that information allows us to:



1. Create a single seamless view for each utility provider (see Fig. 1 & 2)


2. Align and rotate the content to bring in line with OS British National Grid and OS MasterMap base mapping (see Fig. 1 & 2)

Converting single elements from this to -------->>>



Fig 1.  single element data from OS MasterMap 

       ------->>>>>  This -  A single seamless easy read image. 



Fig 2.  Stitched single easy to navigate image of utilities

 3. Bring different scales - even from the same provider into line



Fig 3. two different scales joined to create a seamless image 

 4. Retain the richness of the original information beyond the core Linework




 Fig 4. Maintains the detail even with the conversion 


What are the benefits of Digitised Linework?

In addition to the georeferencing benefit above what are the added benefits of adding Linework to your FastView?

1. Can be viewed over detailed OS MasterMap for context.

2. Enables multiple utilities to be visible at the same time

3. Simpler to compare with planned designs in CAD and GIS

4. Highlights the utility paths which may not be immediately coherent in source information



Fig 5. The information sent by the utility company


 Fig 6. The utilities information is much clearer after being digitized on FastView



 With FastView you can choose from a range of delivery formats

  • Utility FastView for Immediate access
  • PDF
  • DXF for comparison in CAD packages in dedicated layers 
  • SHP for GIS, lines carrying utility attribution









To avoid having to sift through countless paper sheets of often confusing and complex Utility Search Reports give us a call to discuss FastView. The simple to use, compiled PDF can be viewed anywhere, in one interactive file, and, because it also comes with CAD and GIS data it is all ready for integration with your projects in the office.

Author: Andrew Terry

Andy Terry is Technical Director at Laser Surveys Limited. Starting as an assistant for topographic survey, Andy subsequently studied for a BSc Geography & Geology and an MSc in Hydrology for Environmental Management. Since 2002, the development of centremaps and the centremapslive service and associated map feeds and APIs have been his core focus. Andy particularly enjoys working with PostGIS and PostgreSQL. Contact Andy for conversations about datasets, consultancy and hosted services.

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