G is for geographical research

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.

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 or agent particulars, they’d endeavour to provide a quote as quickly as possible. Occasionally, the poor quality of the documents and images received meant that, for a particularly contentious enquiry, we may have needed to request extensive site photographs or arrange a site visit first to assess the risk in person.

Thankfully today, with the advanced technology available to us, the days of relying on grainy maps or photos with limited views from fixed positions are a thing of the past. To help us carry out this research, we 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. This means, as we have a better all-round view of the properties we’re asked to cover, we can make faster assessments of risks and quicker decisions, which speeds up the quotation process.