Friday, April 5, 2013

Mapping Update 3

First, I'd like to apologize for not posting lately, especially given the rising tensions. I moved into a new apartment and ran into some issues with my Internet, leaving me without it until today.

That being said, the total number of new placemarks is now over 4,000. I have also published the KMZ file for the Rason Special City. It contains 77 placemarks and you can find it here (this will take you to the Google page where you can download it by clicking the link on that page, you must have Google Earth to view it.)

I am nearing completion of Pyongyang (around 1,000 items) and I am in the process of making a special file specifically for the main palace in Pyongyang. The palace and surrounding area is well known but the descriptions and related files are incomplete. It will also be the subject of one of my next posts so you'll get to see lots of images.

Also, version 1 of the DMZ file is available. You can find it here. It has roughly 190 items marked. I am working on version 2.0 which will have ~30 new places as well as being better organized.

Finally, I have changed mapping techniques. In the past I would map a large city and work my way outward and follow rivers and valleys. This worked surprisingly well but inevitably I missed places and the shear volume of space to cover was rather daunting. So now, I've begun to divide the whole country up into 5x5 mile squares. Given GE's eccentricities this is taking up a fair amount of time but I can easily manage the 25 sq mile blocks, be fairly confident that I have spotted everything in them and being able to "check-off" each completed square gives me a bit of a morale boost.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Jacob.

    We're a couple of architecture students working on our final master thesis about the DMZ.

    Right now these days we're working on mapping the dmz, which means, watchtowers, bases, harts, trenches, radar sites, fences, AT-devices, AAA, etc

    We're interested in getting the files that you're talking here, but, for some reason we're not able to get them, it says the file is not found.

    It would be great if you can share you huge work with us and, if you're interested, we can share with you ours.
    Please put contact with us by email "fjrives89@gmail.com".
    This collaboration would be amazing.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    Javier Rives

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