3 Nov 2008

Another Map Design Award for Collins Geo

When ESRI (UK) agreed to host the ESRI EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) User Conference in London (England), 28–30 October 2008, Collins Bartholomew were keen to support it in a number of ways.

As providers of London’s clearest street mapping, familiar both in printed form and on websites such as Multimap and Streetmap, it seemed appropriate that we should have this on show. We could easily extract and print an A0 section, but it wouldn’t cover much of the city, so with the help of map gallery sponsors Océ, we produced something that would at least give residents of both Northwood and Sidcup the ability to locate their own homes. The slight practical issue involved was that in order to do this, the map needed to extend to a massive 20 feet (6 metres) wide and 10 feet (3 metres) high.

The undoubted merits of this ‘megaplot’ were appreciated by the Map Gallery judges, who not only gave it the award for the Best Cartographic Design, but asked to be able to take it away and hang it on the wall in the ESRI (UK) offices in Aylesbury.

Whilst our sales team managed to blag the centre stage spot in the exhibition, our technical guys were busy presenting papers, volunteering to support the newly-formed EMEA Cartographic Special Interest Group, and providing material both for David Shukman’s plenary presentation “On the Frontline of Global Change” and for an ESRI workshop on creating better-looking maps using Maplex.

Our two technical papers were Jim Irvine and Mark Steward’s “Collins Educational Atlases in the Digital Age”, presented at the Education Conference, and Graham Gill’s “ArcMap and the Greatest Book on Earth” which described the continuously evolving production technology used in the creation of maps such as the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World.

Océ, the printers, were also impressed by the large central London 'megaplot' and will be displaying one in their London Offices.

By Graham Gill, Cartographic Director, Collins Geo.

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