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Hi there,
I've been lurking and occasionally posting on this board for a few weeks now, but haven't made a formal introduction. I'm Paul from Logan, Utah, and I'm a converted GIS Specialist via geology (B.S. Geology Calvin College, M.S. Geology Utah State University). My "day job" at a small consulting firm called GEO/Graphics, Inc. (www.geograph.com) consists primarily of GIS/RS analysis and "production-level" cartography. By "production-level", I mean, a client calls at 3PM Friday and wants a map made and shipped for morning Saturday delivery, and then is marked up or thrown away within a few days. :angry: Not a whole lot of room for anything fancy.

My "night job" is what is getting me more into the realm of cartography. My side business is called Marathon GIS (www.marathongis.com), and I specialize in race course mapping and visualization for marathons, half marathons, relays, etc. What inspired me to do this is: 1) I'm an avid runner; 2) I love making maps; 3) no one else does this, and most race course maps are really uninteresting at best or just really bad at worst.

My primary products are creating nice course maps directly for race directors for both web and/or hardcopy display, creating course profiles and flythrough animations, and designing souvenir poster maps to sell to participants at the expos and finish lines. Most of cartography hours go into these souvenir maps.

So I've started as almost a hobbist cartographer, but am slowly getting into the finer details. I do my GIS work in ArcGIS and Manifold, but have also been learning Adobe CS2 for artwork and layouts. This forum has been great for learning and just "seeing how it's done". It's definitely already taught me a lot about techniques and software. I'm spend most of my days doing straight GIS, so hopefully I can contribute in that realm.

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Welcome. I'd love to hear any comments or corrections on the maps in your Qwest Dex phone book, as those are my work.

The maps for the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon are also my work, and I'd be interested in knowing how they look from a runner's point of view:
Chicago Marathon course map
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Paul

Welcome aboard! I'm kindal in the same boat as you. I do a lot of straight, down-n-dirty GIS work in my ARCGIS/AUTOCAD Map and then dabble on the side - trying my best to learn Illy and various other softwares to keep up my skill set.

I've come to depend on this site as a good place for constructive criticism and tips from very friendly people. This place is really fun to see what people are doing in the map making/map art arena.

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Hi Paul, and welcome!
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Welcome.  I'd love to hear any comments or corrections on the maps in your Qwest Dex phone book, as those are my work.

The maps for the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon are also my work, and I'd be interested in knowing how they look from a runner's point of view:
Chicago Marathon course map

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Dennis,
I'll take a look at the phone book. :) Logan is sprawling out and changing so much that I imagine it would be difficult to keep current.

Your Chicago map is one of the better race maps I've seen. Since most of my projects are out in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, one of my current weaknesses is "urban cartography", so I'll probably be studying your map a fair bit. From a runner's point of view, having both mile and km markers are great, and the little extras like the PowerGel Zones are great. One thing to note is that runners are obsessed with topography. They want to know where every hill is, how big it is, how long it is, etc. Besides profiles, and false-color elevations and hillshades, I've also seen some clever things done with line symbology depicting ups and downs. Since Chicago is such a flat, fast course, I'm not even sure if it is an issue, but it's something to think about. Other cool work I've seen:

http://www.esri.com/...is-reveals.html
http://www.mcos.ie/m...linmarathon.htm

These are more in the realm of GIS than cartography, but still pretty cool.

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Paul,
I used to live in Logan about ten years ago (attended Utah State)...what a beautiful town. I'm sure it's now sprawling compared to back then, and probably now longer considered a small Utah "town". Anyways, welcome to the forum. Erin.



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Paul,

Welcome to the forum.

It would appear many of us have some sort of connection/interest in the Logan area. We are currently in the process of developing a series of street maps for the areas stretching from Logan to Spanish Fork-Payson, I'm currently working on the layouts. Strangely enough the individual that will be working on the Logan-Brigham City map is a runner and recently has been getting back into marathons.

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