Story: Modern mapping and surveying

Digital image of the Rangitāiki plain

Digital image of the Rangitāiki plain

This digital image of the Rangitāiki plain in the Bay of Plenty was created using topographical data from Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), overlaid with information about the land and vegetation. It appeared in the book Landforms, a collaborative effort between scientist Les Molloy and Roger Smith of Geographx, a company specialising in three-dimensional representations of the land. Combining LINZ’s topographical data with other geographical information, along with developments in graphic software, has allowed Geographx to produce maps that are almost photo-realistic.

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Cartography by Roger Smith

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Melanie Lovell-Smith, 'Modern mapping and surveying - Later developments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2021)

Story by Melanie Lovell-Smith, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 17 Aug 2018