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Automatic Production and Updating of Topographic Maps - A Case Study Using the German AAA Data Model

In recent years there has been a lot of discussion about whether it is possible to automate the most critical, repetitive tasks in map production and updating. Some people question whether the automation of certain aspects of cartography makes sense. In times of rapid change and dwindling human and financial resources, the most important reasons for automation in map production are to ensure efficient, up-to-date and consistent production cycles without sacrificing on quality.

National Maps of Switzerland - Automated Production Using FME and axpand

Swiss national maps are high-quality topographic maps at 1:25000 to 1:1 000 000 scales. In order to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for vector GIS data, the Federal Office of Topography swisstopo is working on changes to their production process ranging from the compilation of topographic base data to the production of maps. Over the course of the past 10 years, swisstopo has launched a number of projects to enable this transition.

Automation of Map Production and Updating Processes - Why it Matters

Over the past several years, there has been a lot of discussion about why automation in cartography is important or whether or not it is even possible to automate important, recurring tasks in the production and updating of maps. The main reasons why a further exploration of automation in cartography makes sense is twofold: one, because it offers a possibility for timely and consistent creation and updating of map and data products in a landscape of rapid change and two, because it opens up the potential for new uses of location-based data and maps.

Automatic Generalization up to 80% Correct

Contrary to common belief in the past, critical parts of the map production process, including cartographic generalization, can be automated to produce quality results. This saves valuable time and resources.

on Demand Solutions for Publishers

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axpand Online - Make Your Own Maps

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Automated Generalization - Case Study swisstopo

Read a case study about how axpand has over 75% correct automated generalization.

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The Rope

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Maps are Magical

A young man rang my doorbell today. He had on a backpack and was carrying a brightly decorated box. Hm. Who is this guy?