Projects generally

A project can be divided into the following steps:
Dialogue about specification and costs, production and delivery.

Dialogue about specification (modelling)
The dialogue can be started by a meeting that results in a specification sketch. It can for example be about accomplishability technically, interpretability in infra red photos and possible need for field work. The limits of the area to be mapped should be carefully defined. To be able to map consistently there is normally a need to model and thus get the logic in relation between object types and definition limits for the object types and attributes to be accounted for. Specification documents are adjusted until both parts are satisfied.

The client and the producer, initially through dialogue, have to agree on quality goals and accomplishability for the product to be the final result. It is important to carefully describe and document all important steps and specifications for the result to please the costumer’s expectations. At a purchase/quotation the steps above are minimized. The dialogue can very well be continued during the project when questions arrive. NaturGIS AB has a quality policy that includes that the costumer always should get something more than expected.

Costs
The specification is the base for the calculation of the price. The more standardized the production line is, the easier it is to estimate time needed and thus the price. One goal for the specification work is to make a production line as effective as possible. For larger projects, a test area can be a suitable start. This makes it possible to adjust specifications and a more accurate time/price analysis. The price for a map data base like the County of Västmanland is about 12 to 14 SEK per hectare.

For price for orthophotos click here

Category of missions
Mapping missions can mean an overall mapping like the production of a complete vegetation- or land use map or thematically where only defined qualities are mapped. The mappings can also be carried through in image material of different ages to find landscape changes. The mission can also mean a GIS-analysis, production of statistics, different kinds of documentation in text, a printed map or leaflet.

Delivery for computers or printing
A common final product is a digital map data base. That data base can be used for different types of further GIS-analysis by the costumer. The map data base is delivered in the format used by the software used by the costumer. The more object types and attributes that occurs the bigger the need to also deliver help files that show the types in different colours and screen on the monitor. The final results can also be summarized in statistics that can be brought out in different combinations. The statistics can be improved further in desirable degree. During the project, verification plots can be useful. An overview of the results can be delivered as images in any desired resolution for example for production of overheads, use at websites or in publication.

A printed map or leaflet means further developing of one or many map data bases, fact collection, work with describing texts and illustrations and design.

Maps can also be put on websites as pictures with legend and descriptions or as a “living” map data base. The latter can mean that the user himself can choose the cut, make searches etc.

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