Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, September 24, 2009

How should I pick my next mapping project?


I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about mapping. I'm finishing up a project and wondered about my next mapping project. Off hand, I can come up with several different areas to map. I started thinking about how I should decide which are to map next. Then I fell back asleep.

The question remains. How should I decide which area to map next? I decided I'd come up with some basic info about each area:

1. How far away is the area from my house?
2. Have we mapped the area before?
3. How large is the area?
4. What facilities (parking, restrooms, etc) does the area have?
5. What other uses does the area get (e.g. mountain biking, camping, horse riding)?
6. Would it be practical to map in the summer?

I thought about including some information about the terrain. But we really don't have any good terrain, so that's not really important.

I don't really need to include anything about basemaps because all of the potential areas have easily accessible Lidar data.

My current plan is to fieldcheck to sprint standards even if the area is a bit larger than a typical sprint map. In part that's because a lot of our terrain is well suited to 2 or 2.5 meter contour intervals.

What else should I think about when picking my next mapping project? Leave a comment if you've got some suggestions.

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posted by Michael | 8:50 PM


Finns det en plats i närheten av kartan där man kan köpa fisk burritos?
That is an excellent suggestion! I'll have to consider both the nearest fish burrito and quality of the nearest fish burrito.

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