This Building Stone web application allows you to access the information held within
the Strategic Stone Database through a map-based interface.
Accessing the data
There are several ways to access the data held within the map.
- Search for Building or Quarry Stones – Search for either Buildings or Quarries
within Mineral Planning Authorities whose records contain data on a particular stone
type. For example, search for all Stone Buildings, within Bedford Borough Council
which contain Great Oolite Limestone.
- Left-click map feature – Clicking on a map feature, such as a building or
quarry, will display a box containing information about that particular site, such
as which MPA it belongs to, any alternative names, where the information was sourced
from and listing any known stones recorded there.
- Find Buildings Within – This search will allow you to search for the specified
stone type within a specified distance of the current site locations. To do this,
select a stone type from the drop-down menu, enter a distance you would like to
search within and click ‘Go’. Any buildings or quarries (depending on where you
are searching from) found within this area, containing the stone type will be displayed
in a table of results.
- Potential Matches - Some sites contain stones which may have definite or
potential matches. Clicking the button will return any known matches.
Navigating the map
To pan: left-click on the map and drag.
To zoom: Drag the vertical slider on the left of the map, use the mouse wheel, hold
down the Shift key and drag a rectangle, or use the 'Go to location'.
Get feature details
Left-click on a feature on the map will return details of that feature. If you have
not selected a map feature a window will appear providing information about the
superficial and bedrock geology which can be found at that location.
Using the results window
- Hover over a row to highlight the feature on the map (in yellow).
- Double click on the row to zoom to the feature.
- To display further information about a result, click its corresponding checkbox
and click the blue search icon shown in the tab
Button - Legend
Click on the 'Legend' button to display a key for the available data layers. The
opacity of the geology layer can be adjusted using the slider.
Button – Search for Building or Quarry Stones
This tool allows you to identify which stones are found within a particular MPA
region, and perform a search to display those sites which match a specified criteria.
For example, search for all Stone Buildings, within Bedford Borough Council which
contain Great Oolite Limestone.
Button - Go to location
This button allows you to search for a number of things within the map. You can
search for gazetteer information such as place name, post code or grid reference,
but also search for site names or site Ids. Search results will be returned with
a prefix which explains what type of result it is, such as Building, Quarry or Gazetteer.
Button – Utilities
Within the utilities button there are two available tools:
Tool - Printable report
A printable report can be generated which will display the currently visible map
extent, a data legend and also any tabular search results. This report can be printed
or exported to PDF file from within your browser.
Tool - Load Atlas
This list shows all the available Strategic Stone atlas documents which provide
further information about the stones found within a particular region. Select one
from the drop-down list and click ‘Load Atlas’, which will download the file in
Adobe PDF format.
The Strategic Stone Study application have been tested in multiple web browsers,
however we reccommend using a modern browser such as Google Chrome
for the best performance.