It is now nine years since I began mapping professionally.
Although busy now, I know you plan well ahead and I welcome
enquiries for work in 2000 and 2001.
Here's what I can do for you.
- Meet Your Deadlines
I have fieldworked in snow in the winter. I have fieldworked to
9pm in midsummer. I have burned the midnight oil to complete
drawings. While scheduling work is tricky for a one-man band,
once I have given an undertaking, I will meet it.
- Overcome Your Problems
Extensive experience with poor basemaps. Interpolating additional
contours. Amending existing drawings and scribings, or computer
cartography. Matching basemaps from different sources, at different
scales. Combining fieldwork of others and judging what needs another
- Save You Money
I prefer to hand over my fieldwork as an OCAD file, cutting out the
old "survey draft". All you have to do is add the "cosmetic bits"
such as title, logos and border. Of course I can do that for you if
- Give Added Value
Written proposals, progress reports and forecasts. Checking
cartography for errors and omissions. Suggestions for start areas
and course design. A speciality is a report on all features mapped,
to assist other fieldworkers on the project to map consistently,
and help the planner. This is provided at no extra cost.
- Latest Technology
I installed the first copy of OCAD in New Zealand.
(I still have a digitiser which that version required! No more,
thankfully.) I produced the first "disk-to-laser copier" map in
New Zealand. I did the first print on a digital-offset printer in
- Give You an Excellent Map
This is the bottom line, isn't it. The map must represent the
terrain, and be readable.
Clubs are asking me back for further work. What better endorsement
than that? For more information on the quality of my work, talk to:
- Contact details may be out-of-date but list is illustrative...
of Auckland OC (09) 521 9535
of Hamilton OC (07) 889 7608
of Hawkes Bay OC (06) 879 8078
of Red Kiwis OC (06) 323 8987
of Kapiti HAVOC (04) 298 7781
of Hutt Valley OC (04) 564 8458
of Marlborough OC (03) 578 7137
of PAPO (03) 366 0628
of Dunedin OC (03) 476 4346
of Southland OC (03) 213 0661
of Esk Valley OC (Australia)
of Thames Valley OC (England)
- What Will It Cost?
I work on a "time and materials" basis, and a good
estimate of the final cost is not usually available until
well into the job. I appreciate the difficulty this presents to
your club decision-making. From my varied experience I can give
you an estimate - but it will be no more than that.
Bear in mind the different degrees of reliability of estimates.
If I haven't been onsite with the basemap in my hand then it will
be based on what I judge to be a "similar" map. It might prove
not to be similar. Walking around with the basemap
is better. But sometimes complexities only reveal themselves
during the work.
A revision of an existing map can be even harder to estimate.
Each block may have had a different history of basemap, mapper,
use/disuse, and updating. The old map may not even show which parts are
currently usable. Joins may have produced overlaps
or underlaps which have been "fudged over". In many cases you
would be better to start again from scratch!
Paying for mapping at all may be a change, with an impact on the
fee structure of our events. I don't think all mapping should be
left to professionals - every club should have members mapping or
learning to map. But the impact of major mapping projects on a club
is severe. Haven't you got enough to do?
I'd like to repeat a comment about the sharing of workload within a
"Only a few of us can map, but we can all help with [our
Can I help you with your mapping programme?
Yours in orienteering,
5 Atahu Grove, Lower Hutt, NZ.
Phone +64-4-566 2645, or feel free to contact me at Major Events.