A common need for businesses is to work out 360-degree areas of coverage around business locations. There is no need to get involved with tricky calculations, nor to fiddle round with rulers, string and compasses over a paper map! We have created a nifty radius plotter tool inside our Dynamic Mapping Suite. You can navigate to or search for any postcode or address then click it to highlight a radius around it, and save in, literally, seconds. Switch between different backgrounds including postcode boundaries, counties, local authorities, London congestion and ULEZ zones, super output areas, standard street and satellite maps. Our radius plotter is a great tool for market research.
1 – Go to the radius plotter in the “Create maps” area of the Dynamic Mapping Suite
Click the “CREATE A NEW RADIUS MAP” button.
The default name will be “Radius map”, which you can change shortly. Click the ‘VIEW & EDIT’ button to enter the map.
2 – Choose your base map
The window opens with a basic street map, but you can choose postcodes, satellite, counties, local authorities, super output areas or London vehicle zones. You can zoom down to street level and switch base at any time.
3 – Search for or navigate to your location
Search for any UK postcode or full address, or zoom in using your mouse scroll, keyboard controls or the +plus button. In this example, we have searched for the postcode HG1 1LE in Harrogate with the postcode base map as the backdrop.
4 – Set radius
The default radius is 10 miles. Change this to any mileage of your choice, e.g. 5, 50, 150 miles. If you want a fraction of a mile, e.g. half a mile, put 0.5.
5 – Click map at the centrepoint for your radius
Simply click the map to make the radius, which will show as a semi-transparent red circle.
You can adjust the radius centrepoint simply by clicking somewhere else on the map, and you can reset the radius mileage and click again to change the size of the circle.
The example below shows a 15 mile radius around HG1 1LE in Harrogate.
6 – Overwrite title and save
When you are happy with your radius, overwrite the default “Radius map” title to e.g. “15 miles around Harrogate”, and save.
A radius map can have only one radius on it, but you can make as many radius maps as you want for reference, e.g. 5, 15, 30 miles around Harrogate.
Easy as that! Happy radius plotting…
Bespoke services for advanced radius plotting
The point and click radius plotter is a standard tool in the Dynamic Mapping Suite. Try it first before enquiring about anything bespoke.
If you need more complex radii calculations, we may be able to help by building a bespoke programmed dynamic map for you. An example of an advanced radius map would be multiple inner and outer zoned radii. You can’t just overlay multiple radii – they require “punch-through” circular polygons to be created and nested with a single transparency.
Another advanced possibility would be a business intelligence map that will auto-calculate, for example, a full listing and total number of postcodes or other type of geographic data falling within a specific radius.
You should also contact us if you want to display a radius map on your own website or if you need a high-resolution radius map for professional printing.