Organised Editing/Activities/TIDBO

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TIDBO (Telecoms-Infrastructure-Design-Build-Operate) is a 3-Dimensional Integrated Engineering Environment focusing on the planning and development of mobile networks and radio propagation modelling, with the aim of assisting the development and maintainance of 4G and ultimately the introduction of 5G to the UK. The scope of this project with regards to OpenStreetMap is to improve the detailed building coverage across the world, in order to create an accurate 3D model to be used with our work. We try our best to remain within the guidelines set out by the OSMF and remain aligned with the interests of the community, however users are welcome to submit feedback if they believe we're straying outside the boundaries.


The TIDBO-OSM effort is to be conducted by dhp11 Ltd, registered in England, UK. Company Number 3867040.

The contact for any queries or concerns is Lucas Crapper, preferably via Additionally, see User icon 2.svgDHP11 LHC (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.).


The unique tag for this project is #TIDBO.


The planned time frame for this effort is from 2018 to 2022, to coincide with the introduction of 5G to the UK.

  • Greater Manchester: 2019 Q3 and 2019 Q4 in co-operation with Vodafone.
  • Various rural locations 2019 Q2 to present.
  • Bristol: 2019 Q1 to present in co-operation with BT/EE and hopefully Bristol City Council.
  • Cardiff: (planned) 2019 Q2. Selected sites owned by Cardiff City Council.

Tools and Data Sources

Standard tools and sources include the online OSM editor and any available map data included; primarily Bing and Esri Aerial Imagery datasets. Outside of standard usage, we use Blender, a free, open source 3D modelling package, to import and visualise OSM data - this does not alter OpenStreetMap data in any way. Blender is only used to interpret and visualise the data stored on the OSM database. It is not used as a source of information and does not alter any data.

See this page for more information.

We also use survey data collated by our own teams; this includes 360° photography and a 3-Dimensional Laser Scan. See the adjacent images for examples.

This imagery allows us to accurately gauge the shape and height of a building where OSM imagery may fail us, and allows us to go into the detail we require for our models. This sometimes requires the separating of a building into various parts, each with different heights and potentially roof shapes in order to obtain as accurate a model as possible.


From a radio planning point of view, we are primarily interested in the visible skyline from a set point. Once we've identified a potential or actual rooftop site, our process is:

  • Starting from the site building, we spiral outwards using the appropriate photogrammetry to capture building footprints.
  • From the photogrammetry assign a roof type and the levels and height of the building, as accurately as possible.
  • Following the site survey, we use the 360° imagery and laser scan captured as a reference, and pass through the data again, updating the number of levels and the building height to match our imagery.


Our team consists of the following users: