Birmingham Interconnect Mapping Project with Bluesky Aerial Imagery

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

Can you provide details of:

1. cost
2. project functional specification
3. timescale for delivery

I discovered the existence of this project on:
http://www.geoconnexion.com/geouk_news_a...

Yours faithfully,

Brian Prangle

Birmingham City Council

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Development Management Service
2nd Floor
1 Lancaster Circus
Birmingham
B4 7DJ
Tel. 0121 303 3912
Fax. 0121 303 2315

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Birmingham City Council

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Development Management Service
2nd Floor
1 Lancaster Circus
Birmingham
B4 7DJ
Tel. 0121 303 3912
Fax. 0121 303 2315

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

Thank you for your information which has only provided partial information i.e on the aerial imagery part of the project

I am looking for information on the whole project i.e to the point of delivery of a royalty-free map

So I am looking for:

1. cost
2. project functional specification
3. timescale for delivery

on the WHOLE project NOT just the aerial imagery component

Yours faithfully,

Brian Prangle

Birmingham City Council

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Dean Robinson
Freedom of Information and Data Protection Officer
Development Management Service
2nd Floor
1 Lancaster Circus
Birmingham
B4 7DJ
Tel. 0121 303 3912
Fax. 0121 303 2315

Brian Prangle To [email address]
<[FOI #92185 email]> cc
Subject Re: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
27/11/2011 20:15 2000.  REF. 6244

     Dear Birmingham City Council,
   
    Thank you for your information which has only provided partial
    information i.e on the aerial imagery part of the project
   
    I am looking for information on the whole project i.e to the point
    of delivery of a royalty-free map
   
    So I am looking for:
   
    1. cost
    2. project functional specification
    3. timescale for delivery
   
    on the WHOLE project NOT just the aerial imagery component
   
    Yours faithfully,
   
    Brian Prangle
   
   

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

I am requesting an internal review of my FOI request as it was only partially answered and I have not had an acknowledgement of my reply to you from 27th November, where I re-put my original request

Yours faithfully,

Brian Prangle

Birmingham City Council

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Dear Mr Prangle,

Please find enclosed our response that was sent to you on 29 November
2011.

Development Management Service
2nd Floor
1 Lancaster Circus
Birmingham
B4 7DJ
Tel. 0121 303 3912
Fax. 0121 303 2315

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

Thank you for your reply of 29 November which provides much more information but not that which I am seeking

The press release text which prompted my enquiry follows:

High resolution aerial photography is being used to create a new map of Birmingham. Supplied by aerial survey specialist Bluesky the digital imagery will be used to create a royalty free base map to support Interconnect Birmingham a project to raise the profile, image and identity of the city. It is hoped that the interactive map, which will feature visitor attractions, hotels, green spaces and other features of interest, will help improve the experience of visitors to the city and support a multi channel, multi-modal movement and information system.

“One of the key aspects of the Interconnect Birmingham project was an advanced wayfinding solution for the urban centre. In order to populate this we needed a royalty free base map and aerial photography seemed to offer the optimum starting point for it’s creation,” commented John Maillard, Project Manager at Birmingham City Council, one of the project partners. “Topographical map layers such as building footprints and roads will be drawn, using the Bluesky imagery as the principle reference, and then styled creating a map that is fit for purpose and truly unique to Birmingham.”

The aim of the Interconnect Birmingham project is to improve and integrate the city’s image, identity and legibility. It aims to provide a strategic framework to promote quality design solutions and seeks to link existing and proposed transportation, public realm and development projects. Interconnect Birmingham will develop a strategic framework for the delivery of improved streets and spaces in Birmingham’s extended city core, accompanied by accurate information to assist wayfinding, linked walking and public transport networks, and interpretation. Partners in InterConnect Birmingham include Centro, Marketing Birmingham as well as Birmingham City Council.

“We selected Bluesky as a supplier of aerial imagery following recommendations from colleagues within the Council,” added Maillard.

The 8 square kilometres of 10cm resolution imagery supplied by Bluesky forms part of a national coverage of highly accurate, up to date, orthorectified aerial photography. Available off the shelf in a variety of easy to use formats including GIS / CAD ready files Bluesky images together with a range of other geographic data solutions can be viewed and purchased online at www.bluesky-world.com/shop.

source http://www.geoconnexion.com/geouk_news_a...

The first 2 paragraphs refer to the specific part of this project for which I am requesting information from you. If John Maillard is a City Council employee ( and press releases have been known to be wrong) then you are managing the project and will have access to the information, even though you have informed me Marketing Birmingham are responsible for the design

I need to know:

1.How much is the project cost for the map which is going to be drawn from the aerial imagery?
2.What is the time scale for delivery of this map?
3. What is the functional ( as opposed to the technical) specification?
Functional specifications refer to the capabilities of the project deliverable and are usually issued to bidders/software developers so that they can use some creativity about which technical tools to use to build the solution.
e.g what will it look like ( cartographic style); what information will it contain; what form is is to be delivered in ( online; print; file download?); what scale will it have (or will it be zoomable if online), will it be maintained (i.e updated), if it is for how long?; what is the functionality of the interactivity; if it is to be royalty-free what licence will be used (CC by SA? GPL? PD?). This is an example list and is not exhaustive, just to answer your question about the content of a functional specification - your functional specification will be specific to your project

I hope this gives you sufficient information and I look forward to your response

Yours faithfully,

Brian Prangle

Birmingham City Council

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Brian Prangle To [email address]
<[FOI #92185 email]> cc
Subject Re: Fw: Internal review of
19/12/2011 16:24 Freedom of Information request -
Birmingham Interconnect Mapping
Project with Bluesky Aerial
Imagery

     Dear Birmingham City Council,
   
    Thank you for your reply of 29 November which provides much more
    information but not that which I am seeking
   
    The press release text which prompted my enquiry follows:
   
    High resolution aerial photography is being used to create a new
    map of Birmingham. Supplied by aerial survey specialist Bluesky the
    digital imagery will be used to create a royalty free base map to
    support Interconnect Birmingham a project to raise the profile,
    image and identity of the city. It is hoped that the interactive
    map, which will feature visitor attractions, hotels, green spaces
    and other features of interest, will help improve the experience of
    visitors to the city and support a multi channel, multi-modal
    movement and information system.
   
    “One of the key aspects of the Interconnect Birmingham project was
    an advanced wayfinding solution for the urban centre. In order to
    populate this we needed a royalty free base map and aerial
    photography seemed to offer the optimum starting point for it’s
    creation,” commented John Maillard, Project Manager at Birmingham
    City Council, one of the project partners. “Topographical map
    layers such as building footprints and roads will be drawn, using
    the Bluesky imagery as the principle reference, and then styled
    creating a map that is fit for purpose and truly unique to
    Birmingham.”
   
    The aim of the Interconnect Birmingham project is to improve and
    integrate the city’s image, identity and legibility. It aims to
    provide a strategic framework to promote quality design solutions
    and seeks to link existing and proposed transportation, public
    realm and development projects. Interconnect Birmingham will
    develop a strategic framework for the delivery of improved streets
    and spaces in Birmingham’s extended city core, accompanied by
    accurate information to assist wayfinding, linked walking and
    public transport networks, and interpretation. Partners in
    InterConnect Birmingham include Centro, Marketing Birmingham as
    well as Birmingham City Council.
   
    “We selected Bluesky as a supplier of aerial imagery following
    recommendations from colleagues within the Council,” added
    Maillard.
   
    The 8 square kilometres of 10cm resolution imagery supplied by
    Bluesky forms part of a national coverage of highly accurate, up to
    date, orthorectified aerial photography. Available off the shelf in
    a variety of easy to use formats including GIS / CAD ready files
    Bluesky images together with a range of other geographic data
    solutions can be viewed and purchased online at
    www.bluesky-world.com/shop.
   
    source
   
[1]http://www.geoconnexion.com/geouk_news_a...
   
    The first 2 paragraphs refer to the specific part of this project
    for which I am requesting information from you. If John Maillard is
    a City Council employee ( and press releases have been known to be
    wrong) then you are managing the project and will have access to
    the information, even though you have informed me Marketing
    Birmingham are responsible for the design
   
    I need to know:
   
    1.How much is the project cost for the map which is going to be
    drawn from the aerial imagery?
    2.What is the time scale for delivery of this map?
    3. What is the functional ( as opposed to the technical)
    specification?
    Functional specifications refer to the capabilities of the project
    deliverable and are usually issued to bidders/software developers
    so that they can use some creativity about which technical tools to
    use to build the solution.
    e.g what will it look like ( cartographic style); what information
    will it contain; what form is is to be delivered in ( online;
    print; file download?); what scale will it have (or will it be
    zoomable if online), will it be maintained (i.e updated), if it is
    for how long?; what is the functionality of the interactivity; if
    it is to be royalty-free what licence will be used (CC by SA? GPL?
    PD?). This is an example list and is not exhaustive, just to answer
    your question about the content of a functional specification -
    your functional specification will be specific to your project
   
    I hope this gives you sufficient information and I look forward to
    your response
   
    Yours faithfully,
   
    Brian Prangle
   
   

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Birmingham City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Birmingham Interconnect Mapping Project with Bluesky Aerial Imagery'.

I have not received a response to my last communication with you dated 19 December

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/bi...

Yours faithfully,

Brian Prangle

Birmingham City Council

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Dear Mr Prangle,

A response to your email on 19 December 2011, was sent by email on 21
December 2011.  A copy is enclosed for your information.  Can you please
check again whether you received this or not as all correspondence is
being sent to the email address you provided.

Regards

Dean Robinson
Freedom of Information Officer

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