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Map Making Support / Re: Attn. John M.
March 29, 2009, 04:25:02 PM

Thank You for fixing my error. Saw the message just in time to not make the error on the MidWest Map.  Have been busy with getting ready to move to Portland OR.  On Tuesday will leave for 2 weeks of on the road map testing by driving from Orlando FL to Portland OR.  Any body have contacts to talk to about GIS jobs in Portland.

Map Making Support / Re: 48 State Group Project
March 10, 2009, 05:26:07 PM
Next time there will be a ocean file. The water data is NHD and only NHD.

dhisum_dhisum   The Columbia river is not a river to vanish. Something is off with the data need to look at that.

General Discussion / Re: Alabama on the slate?
March 08, 2009, 03:37:33 PM
Look under United States  Alabama in the center of the page

General Discussion / Re: Alabama on the slate?
March 08, 2009, 02:40:19 PM
Look at the South East United States map.
Map Making Support / Re: 48 State Group Project
February 15, 2009, 07:55:44 AM
The new computers are faster. My 1.5 year old 1000$ computer will databases about 2 times faster then the  4 year old 5000$ when new computer I use at work to run ESRI's ArcGIS.

Can you test making the img's  0.5x0.5 vs. 0.5x1. I think cgpsmapper dose not scale well to larger img. I see img's at 2 mb taking 20 minutes and  img's at 5 mb taking 120 minutes. Six times the time for 2.5 times the size.   
Map Making Support / Re: 48 State Group Project
February 15, 2009, 06:14:41 AM
My img are 0.5x0.5.  What is the CPU on your computers?  Contour lines add to the time in a big way. In a test run of all data but contour lines the 48 states ran in 4.5 days, with 20 foot contour lines 72 days.
Map Making Support / Re: 48 State Group Project
February 14, 2009, 11:55:33 PM
Of 3524 img's to make 1764 are done after 36 days. So at the current rate of 49 img's a day another 36 days to be done. So with a total of 72 days of work a 16 computer cluster would take 4.5 days. May be a 8 computer cluster would work. My computer is  1.5 years old with a AMD 64X2 5600+ CPU.
Map Making Support / Re: 48 State Group Project
February 14, 2009, 04:11:24 PM

Quote from: -Oz- on February 10, 2009, 07:16:16 PM

Now, my other issue is I live in one of the other two states :-P
And I will be in the other next week. OK should is be the 50 State Group Project.

The current run of the what I am calling ver 1.0 is a one size fit all.  The need to mach the contours and other local date to the map is the key to do good maps. I think contours  need to be mach at less then the state level. 5 foot contours are good for most of Florida but 5 foot contours are to big for south Florida and the Keys.

Sites with data for Florida      over 350 current and historic GIS layers
    * Geodetic Control
    * Cadastral (property boundaries and ownership)
    * Orthoimagery
    * Elevation  Elevation Contours and Depressions and Bathymetry
    * Hydrography (rivers, streams, lakes, etc.)
    * Administrative units (boundaries of cities, counties, and special purpose districts)
    * Transportation (features such as roads, bridges, railroads, ports, and airports)


For just getting  ver 1.0 of the map done the database is not needed. I would zipup all files needed to run the maps.  Yes  I have scripts that pull the data out of the database and then run cgpsmapper. So I setup the scripts that pull the data and then zip it up ready to up load. The person would need to downeloade, unzip and start a bat file to run the maps. And you will need to buy the shareware version of cgpsmapper (30$).  If there was a shapefile to MP converter  the free version of cgpsmapper would do.


I think a 16 computer Linux cluster in the back room would be good.

Map Making Support / Re: 48 State Group Project
February 10, 2009, 12:30:44 PM

If your computer is at least not slow get the software and we can try. I have all of the data ready to compile.  The processing I do is not the same steps as the tutorial. The tutorial showed me what to do but I am lazy and wanted to run the 48 states so I automated the processing.  When you are a map nerd and a computer nerd working  with 200 GB of data in a database is fun. As my job is GIS Analyst I hope I good at it.
Map Making Support / 48 State Group Project
February 10, 2009, 11:21:10 AM
I have been compiling the IMG files for a topo map of the 48 States. The Southeast, Southcentral and Southwest are done. The Northwest is running now. The support and help from the site has been great. However I see 2 problems, The first is ruining the IMG files is taking to long, we want the maps now!!. The other problem is this is only ver 1.0 of the map. The map is missing state and local data and needs formatting cleanup.

So what are we going to do about it?

To give it a name we could call it the "48 State Group Project"

To solve the compile time problem I am looking for volunteers to help compile the IMG files. To help you will need a fast computer and you will need to buy the shareware version of cgpsmapper (30$). The shareware version of cgpsmapper and has support for shapefiles and having cgpsmapper read the shapefiles is how my workflow runs. We will need a file dump to upload and download files.     

To make ver 2.0 of the map the need to for volunteers to fine the local and state date and send the data to a common place to load in to the map.

The workflow I use is very automated and uses postgrsql to store the data so there is a need for 2 or 3 volunteers with a fast computer and 500 GB of free disk space to setup a copy of the database.

Everybody need to say Thank You to Oz setting up this side and showing what can be done.
Map Making Support / Re: Hello. to all
February 10, 2009, 07:02:24 AM
I am making topos for the 48 states. The Southeast, Southcentral and Southwest are done. The Northwest is running now. I will call your post a vote to do the Northeast next. So keep checking and a Virginia topo will show up.
Quote from: -Oz- on February 07, 2009, 05:43:08 PM

Does it read the MP_TYPE column from it or?

And I don't know C (know php/sql/vb) but for a project like this I'd probably learn.

This is part of the mp file I use that reads in a shapefile. You tell it what column to use


The shareware version of cgpsmapper is only 30$ and has support for shapefiles. Having cgpsmapper read the shapefile is how my workflow runs.
Map Making Support / Re: Oregon State Group Project
February 06, 2009, 08:19:58 PM
The "access database" is ESRI's  geodatabase format. I have access to the ESRI ArcGIS software to convert the data to shape files.  Tell me what you need and some place to upload it and I can probably get it to you.  Or if some one has 15 GB of file space I can post the all the files.
Map Making Support / Re: Southeast US Map
February 02, 2009, 05:44:38 PM
Oz, dhisum_dhisum

The img's where make with cGPSMapper Shareware 97c if that makes a different. I used the Shareware version so I could use shapefiles directly.

Yes one copy of the map just the installer version.

Oz how do I add states so the map lookup on the home page will show the map.