How's Your Water Quality

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The Challenge

Drinking Water Quality Regulator is responsible for measuring the quality of drinking water around Scotland. The vast amount of scientific data across 300 separate regional water 'zones' inherently required a mapping framework to present this to the public.

With our history and expertise in delivering mapping applications, we jumped at the chance. It was important that we seamlessly weave the application into DWQR's newly developed website, and also to demystify some of the more scientific content that might confuse your average water-drinker - even with big projects, it's the small details that count.

The Solution

We built a rich and engaging mapping application employing Silverlight and the Bing Maps framework. We created clickable regions, which open up into panels that offer a breakdown of water quality data. For those who don't know their 'Manganese' from their 'E. Coli', rolling over scientific terminology brings up helpful supporting information.

It's crucial that users are able to compare current data with that of previous years. With statistical breakdown and graphical charts for each zone, we presented that in a simple and visual way. Users can free-scroll and zoom around the familiar Bing Maps framework, switch views between traditional map view and a satellite view and type in their location by postcode or placename using our powerful search functionality.

We neatly wrapped the application up by integrating an administrative back-end to allow DWQR to manage and update the statistical data on the map without requiring any technical knowledge.

The Result

The DWQR were really happy with our world-class solution to their website's key component. Our map player's interactive features have provided DWQR with an unprecedented opportunity to present important complex information in a succint and straightforward fashion.

Like what you see?

We are really pleased with the mapping website and I have to admit, being a GIS/mapping person, that I'm really impressed with the system.  DAVID GRZYBOWSKI, DWQR