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Duke praises Ordnance Survey maps technology

Posted 6 October 2011
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Duke praises Ordnance Survey maps technology
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The Duke of Edinburgh has said that Ordnance Survey maps provide a "remarkable" service to Britons who enjoy walking as he opened a new head office for the company.

Its new building, based in Southampton, will now be the official home of the map producers and the Duke was given a tour of the office to see the important work Ordnance Survey carries out.

Prince Philip saw first-hand the 3-D technology and GPS used to help the company make its accurate maps and met one of its 250 surveyors, Directions Mag reports.

He commented: "I know from just in the ordinary course of events using Ordnance Survey maps what a remarkable service it provides for people all over the country."

The consort added that he hoped the agency's staff were aware of the "enormous contribution" they make to British life.

The Munro Society recently reported that it has used GPS technology to revise the height of Beinn a' Chlaidheimh in Scotland from its Ordnance Survey map height of 916 metres (3,005 ft) to 913.96 metres (2,998.5 ft), meaning it is set to lose its Munro status.