Interactive map associated with tourism

Newman, Anthony (2007) Interactive map associated with tourism. [USQ Project]

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[Abstract]: The Cartographer with the tools of today’s visualisation , interactivity, multimedia and presentation
media all made possible by the computer, has the ability to transform the traditional paper map view
into a three – dimensional visualization voyage of discovery.

The general objective in this project was to develop an interactive map associated with tourism, using
the cartographic tools of today using past data to develop a map product that will present the relevant
material to a users associated with tourism, in an effective manner.

The challenge defined by the objectives was to convey the images of the quarry at Blue Circle
Southern Cement’s (BCSC) Waurn Ponds mine site to the user who was identified as, a sightseer, a
student or a mine employee or a person or organisation involved in the tourism industry. The needs of
the user were to see the dynamic ever changing terrain of the quarry, the processes of mineral
extraction, the layers of geology all incorporated simply in an interactive multimedia display based on
photo maps used in a way to aid the communication of information.

These images were created with the 3D visualization tools of Geographic information Systems (GIS)
and generated from data associated with past land surveys, rejuvenated for this map and aerial
photographs rectified to existing surfaces. The format of these 3 Dimensional (3D) visualisation has
included an aerial photograph draped over a digital terrain model and rotated to present an 3D
animation revealing an informative view of the site. A virtual 3D fly through was created along the
haul road system slicing through the reclaimed landscape of past mining site. To highlight the past a
temporal display dating back over six years was produced with colour and 3D enhanced landscapes in
an effective display. The mining processes of the open cut quarry shows limestone removal and
transportation to processing locations. The dumping of overburden that was stripped from above the
limestone, this was all captured in digital video enriched by the sounds of powerful machines as they

The final result is an informative interactive map that is presented simply, well within the potential of
PowerPoint; a friendly, widely available and versatile multimedia presentation package. This has
allowed the focus to remain on the user while utilising large data sources and presenting advanced
forms of 3D visualisation.

The results have shown how effective the tools that have been used from GIS have been with the use
of the appropriate data to display selected information in the this interactive map. How versatile the
‘off the shelf’ presentation software package was in the acceptance of this information for presentation
to the user in a simple format. Following the comparison with other map formats, it has allowed the
mind to enquire what level of interactive map could be produce if a fully integrated authoring system
package was available via the internet and the possible effect this would have on the map and more
importantly the user.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2008 04:44
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2023 01:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: cartography; interactive map; tourism
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090901 Cartography
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4013 Geomatic engineering > 401301 Cartography and digital mapping

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