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White Raven
12-08-2012, 02:36 PM
I am new to this website and I extend my greetings from somewhere lost in the woods of Missouri. I am a professional Cartographer and Geospatial Analyst with over 40 years experience in mapping and imagery exploitation. I look forward to viewing your comments and mapping endeavors.

jbgibson
12-08-2012, 10:32 PM
Oooh, cool, a pro! Are there any examples of your work you can post, WhiteRaven, or at least link to? We always welcome input on how the real world does things, with the caveat that fiction can get away with being way less precise than you're no doubt constrained to be on the job :-). Do you do imaginary locations too? What kind of tools do you use? Having worked once upon a time in the software end of GIS/carto (Intergraph) I'm painfully aware many pro tools are beyond the reach of occasional mappers - both from money and time investment standpoints - but some of our pro Guildsmen have provided tips workable on the cheap.

So welcome, and well met, sir!

atpollard
12-08-2012, 10:47 PM
Greetings.
I am at the opposite end of the scale from you. I am a licensed architect working for 15 years as a land planner for a civil engineering firm.
I draw roads, shopping centers and gated communities for a living ... dabbling in landscaping and wetlands ... all to pay the bills.
I love to draw buildings, starships and encounter maps as a hobby.
I came here to sharpen graphics skills that were being under-challenged in the real world.

Some of your comments have felt a little harsh. Given your background, I'm interested in hearing what you have to say.
As a constructive criticism, I would benefit from some graphic support of your observations ...

... so when are national boundaries and capitals (with no rivers or roads) appropriate?

In Architecture/Civil Engineering, the data on the plan and the lineweight used to convey that data is all about the function of that sheet. A landscape plan shows the utilities very lighly so the contractor can avoid planting trees directly over utility lines, the edge of pavement lightly for general orientation, the building dark because everything is measured from the building, and the trees very dark so the most important part of the landscape plan is easy to read at a glance.

So once again, welcome.
Arthur

arsheesh
12-10-2012, 07:28 PM
Welcome to the Guild White Raven!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh