You Can Now Find Your Home In Ordnance Survey's Minecraft Map of Great Britain

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 12:26PM
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 12:26PM
You Can Now Find Your Home In Ordnance Survey's Minecraft Map of Great Britain
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Last year, Ordnance Survey terrain data of the UK was built into the wildly popular digital domain of Minecraft, allowing users to scour an accurate representation of the British Isles all without leaving their computer. Now, Great Britain's national mapping agency have upped the ante by adding accurate representations of almost every home in the country into their interactive Minecraft world. With each block representing 25m of British land, Ordnance Survey used more than 83 Billion to accurately recreate more than 86,000 sq miles of land.


(A stretch of London's River Thames in the upgraded Minecraft Map - Credit: Ordnance Survey)


The first iteration of the map consisted of 22 billion blocks and was created in 2013 by Joseph Braybrook, who back then was an intern at Ordnance Survey. Braybrook is now a member of the agency's graduate scheme and was the mastermind behind this huge expansion. 


"The terrain has been doubled in scale to provide more detail," said Braybrook. "I believe GB Minecraft 2 delivers a far greater gaming experience and will present a challenge for gamers to start mining and building on it. I've attempted to re-create Great Britain to be more realistic, while maintaining the gameplay elements people love from the game,"


Braybrook also said he's looking forward to seeing how users will build on his world, adding that he's hoping someone will eventually build a fully functioning railway system into it. I can tell you, if that happens, it will already be an improvement on the real life UK.


(Lochness as seen through the GB Minecraft 2 map)


If you have Minecraft installed on your computer, Ordnance Survey will provide you with all the tools you need in order to navigate around the map. An online tool allows you to navigate Ordnance Survey maps and pull out the exact Minecraft coordinates for the Minecraft world. They even provide you with a few default locations to get you started, which you can see below.



With its 83 billion blocks, the map is thought to be one of the biggest ever built within the game. Minecraft has more than 30 million users across the world who have built creations ranging from simple towns to elaborate recreations of famous pop culture icons such as Game of Thrones' Westeros to the Millenium Falcon from Star Wars.


To give you an idea of the beauty and detail of Ordnance Survey's GB Minecraft 2 map, check out the video below which takes you on a tour of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales.


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