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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Do it Yourself Mapping tool

Here is an incredibly powerful tool anyone can use. It is perfect for persons of outdoors interests of just about any specialisation. 
It is built by the Federal Government to map Australia's mineral resources and Mines, (operational and old ones).

However, it has an interesting alternative use.

You can simply hit the topography button (which blanks out the mine mapping options) and zoom in (use the + symbol and click back on the the map, repeatedly) to map any area of Australia and convert it to a printable small scale PDF map and print off any area in Australia you are interested in.

Bingo: Do it yourself small scale - topographical maps of any part of Australia - free of charge.

Who says the Federal Government doesn't have its uses?

Here is an example of Granite Falls and Tianjara Falls district (the subject of my previous postings).

9 comments:

mick said...

Thanks Denis, that's very interesting and looks like something I shall have fun experimenting with.

Le Loup said...

Good one, thank you.
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Denis Wilson said...

Hi Mick
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It is a bit more technical than Google Earth, but it was set up originally as a Mineral Resources tool.
I reckon there is lots of fun to be had, and if one can make maps to order for any part of Australia, even just basic contour maps, that's terrific.

The print facility is good, too.

Cheers
Denis

Jess said...

Not sure if you have seen the NSW NRM Atlas: http://www.nratlas.nsw.gov.au/wmc/custom/homepage/home.html

I quite like it for some things too...

Snail said...

A great find, Denis! Looks like you can also switch between that and Google Maps and Google Earth. Well, there goes my data allowance for the month!

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Snail
Please don't blame me for your Download issues!
That's not fair!
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Obviously you can see the potential uses, which is great.
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Denis

Gouldiae said...

G'day Denis,
Handy huh? Very similar to Victoria's DSE Forest Explorer. http://nremap-sc.nre.vic.gov.au/MapShare.v2/imf.jsp?site=forestexplorer

Mr. Smiley said...

Thanks Denis. Another great discovery with lots of potential.
DR

Denis Wilson said...

Thanks to Jess and Gouldiae for the extra mapping tools.
These things all have their own peculiar quirks. But the idea is the same.
Thanks again.
Denis