Dorset Council wanted to map the rural roadside verges in its county so that it could speed up the process of deploying contractors to cut and maintain them. The Council were previously using hand-drawn maps to get costings and instruct contractors for each job. This was a slow and labour-intensive task. The risk of human error/misinterpretation also meant that jobs were not always accurately costed, making it hard to budget for the work.
The team used FME to accurately identify roads and paths with verges, outside of town boundaries that required cutting and maintenance. Using polygons, FME was able to identify a metre-wide area to each side of the road and estimate the work required to cut these verges. This calculation proved to be more accurate than using hand-drawn maps, as the Council had been doing previously.