Map Templates for Rapid Mapping
ARMY TOPOGRAPHIC ENGINEERING CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA
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As military mapping organizations move from hardcopy map production to digital spatial data production, there is an increasing demand for end users to rapidly convert their Digital Terrain Data DTD to a variety of custom softcopy and hardcopy products. This paper examines the rapid mapping problem in the context of a research effort at the U.S. Topographic Engineering Center, Alexandria, VA. The Digital Chart of the World DCW Rapid Mapping Utility prototype GIS application demonstrates an end to end capability to efficiently process DCW data in crisis situations. Data is loaded from CD-ROM, assembled into topologically consistent layers, and processed for the production of customized maps. Using an intelligent template, a single analyst can produce softcopy or hardcopy maps of areas anywhere worldwide at scales of 1250,000 to 12,000,000 in less than an hour.
- Cartography and Aerial Photography