Hand-made Custom Digital Maps for all Purposes
Flat Earth Mapping is a small but dedicated Australian company supplying custom cartography (digital mapping) services to a wide range of clients. Established by cartographer John Frith in 1998 to create custom-made travel maps for the publishing industry, Flat Earth Mapping has evolved significantly since then and now employs a range of software and techniques to create accurate, attractive and up-to-date, custom-designed maps of all kinds, including;
- all forms of publishing
- tourism, road travel and 4WD adventure
- outdoor recreation (eg. bushwalking, camping)
- small business and community organisations
- local, state and federal governments
- advertising, promotion and brand communication
- graphic design and brochures
- education, reports and displays
- property zoning, real estate and land use
- national parks, reserves and the environment
- forestry, mineral exploration and petroleum (oil and gas)
What is geospatial data? Broadly speaking, geo means ‘the Earth’ as in geography, and spatial refers to a location ‘in space’ represented by coordinates. Geospatial data is a huge part of everyday life because almost every business activity, every public and private asset and every event or action occurs somewhere on the planet, and can therefore be stored as 3-dimensional spatial data with x,y,z coordinates defining its exact location in space.
The job of a cartographer is to effectively display this data in a graphic format, making it easier to interpret and accessible to a wide variety of users for countless different purposes. See our Custom Maps page for more information on spatial data and how it is used.
Cartography Project News
Oct 2015: Milk Farm Location maps
A transport company ordered a series of custom maps showing the locations of their suppliers. Trucks need to make daily visits to these farms to collect milk and deliver it to various customer’s factories. Knowing where each farm is and who operates it is important geographic information easily displayed in a visual manner on a map.
Once the large wall map version was completed, 18 separate A4 maps were created with an indexed list of grid referenced farm locations for each. These smaller maps formed a portable map book that can be used in the field.
Jun 2015: Property Map
This is a great example of how a map can display marketing information – in this case the current and future availability of industrial zoned property in Western Melbourne for the large commercial property agency, Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL).
The map was designed to fit with JLL’s corporate branding style and they wanted a map that would be attractive and easy to read. JLL will use this map to showcase various industrial estates to potential clients. They can see at a glance where the property is, who currently owns it and what surrounds it.
Feb 2015: Overland Track, Tasmania
When Philippa Morton wanted to self publish the numerous hand-written accounts of her mother’s bushwalking experiences in the alpine regions of Tasmania, she required several maps to help illustrate the inspiring stories.
The book is titled “South from Cradle” and contains four custom-made, single colour maps by Flat Earth Mapping.
Jan 2015: Australia’s Outback Tracks – 3rd Edition
Westprint Maps releases a new version of its premium digital mapping product. Many kilometres of new tracks, waypoints and other features have been added and updated to this national mapping coverage in typical Westprint Maps style.
Available on DVD or by download from Westprint Maps
Dec 2014: Make Trax – Australia Atlas
Australian Fishing Network, in conjunction with Westprint Maps and Flat Earth Mapping, releases a brand new large format road atlas covering the whole country at a consistent scale of 1:950,000.
See the AFN website for further information.
Oct 2014: Bush Camping with Dogs
The 3rd edition of Australia’s best guide to camping with dogs is released by Flat Earth Mapping. Now in full colour throughout and finished with top quality flexi-bound covers for durability. Features more than 1,300 campsites in parks, reserves and forest across the country.
Check out the Facebook page for Bush Camping with Dogs for further information including sample pages from the book.
Feb 2013: Oil and Gas Map of Australia & PNG
In conjunction with Adelaide energy industry consultants, EnergyQuest, we produced a large wall map of all current petroleum projects in the Australia and Papua New Guinea region.
The map was printed and published by Energy News Bulletin and distributed widely throughout the energy sector.
July 2012: A copy of Earth Platinum is now permanently installed in the British Library where representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records took measurements to verify it is officially the largest World atlas ever published.
The dimensions of the opened book are approximately 2.8 x 1.8 metres and it sells for US $100,000. Only 31 copies will ever be made. See here for more information about the publisher.
April 2012: LNG Projects Map of Australia
Flat Earth Mapping recently produced a wall map for client EnergyQuest, showing all current and proposed Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) projects in Australia and Papua New Guinea. It was launched at the Australian Petroleum Industry conference in Adelaide in May 2012.
September 2011: Westprint Maps are now available as a set of high resolution digital maps for use on the iPad and iPhone in conjunction with the ‘Mud Maps’ app. See your location and track your route in real time. See all the Westprint maps on the Mud Map Store at www.mud-maps.com/maps
March 2011: The all new 2nd edition of Bush Camping with Dogs is now available. Completely revised and now expanded, this book is the ultimate guide on where to camp while travelling anywhere in Australia with your dog. See www.flatearthmapping.com.au/bush-camping-dogs/ for further details.
June 2010: The World Atlas wins the International Map Trade Association (Asia Pacific) Best Book Based Product and the Best Overall Cartographic Product during map awards held in Melbourne at the annual conference and trade show. Flat Earth Mapping worked on many of the maps in this atlas, published by Millennium House.
November 2009: Earth Blue wins the best atlas award at the 24th International Cartographic Conference held in Santiago, Chile. Flat Earth Mapping (along with demap) helped design the workflow, create the specifications and manage the production of this beautiful book, which retails for $6,000 per copy. It is the first of several very large atlases published by Millennium House. See www.millenniumhouse.com.au/title-earth.html