Making Maps by Computer�City and Utilities Team Up in Pioneer Effort

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 2, Pg. 56-59

Document Type: Feature article


There is heavy duplication of map making and maintenance�as many as 68 different maps of the same area were counted in the Vancouver, Canada, suburb of Burnaby. This, and the fact that Canada has gone metric and so must convert all maps, and has a shortage of map draftsmen, led Burnaby and the local gas, electric and telephone utilities to work together on what is labeled a world pioneer in cooperative mapping. They are in essence beginning from scratch�aerial photography of the city was shot, and from these street locations are being fed into the computer. Article discusses problems, progress, timetable for conversion from conventional and computer mapping.

Subject Headings: Mapping | Computing in civil engineering | Utilities | Suburbs | Streets | Photography | Natural gas

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