Intouch Spring 2014 - G is for geographical research
In days gone by, when working on a particularly challenging case, it wasn't uncommon for our underwriters to find themselves swamped in a pile of paperwork.
After wading through various plans, ordnance survey maps, site photographs or agent particulars, they'd endeavour to provide a quote as quickly as possible. In some circumstances, the poor quality of the documents and images received meant that, before providing a quote for a particularly contentious enquiry, it may have even been necessary to visit a site first, to assess the risk in person.
Thankfully, with the advanced technology available to us, the days of relying on grainy maps to help assess a risk are a thing of the past, and we're now able to make use of online map facilities.
The pictures our underwriters can obtain via satellite imagery and from street view facilities are far more detailed and accurate than those from ancient survey maps. Not only does this help us to speed up the quotation process, it saves solicitors the time that would otherwise be spent investigating and obtaining these details.