Thursday, October 08, 2009

Challenger Map being used in planning the Winter Olympics

There is something cool about giant, giant maps. Whether they be Chinese maps of the Indian controlled mountains or something the Allies used to plan World War II, giant maps allow people to plan and discuss spatial patterns in a way nothing else can.

The famous Challenger Map of British Columbia, or at least part of it, is being used to plan out security and other logistics for the 2010 Winter Olympics. A GIS program or other virtual map could contain a database and create models based on different scenarios, only a giant map can give a holistically God's-eye-view that allows one to see the complete picture at once.

This cool map is a neat thing that I hope will be open to the public. Sadly, I missed my chance to attend the Winter Olympics in British Columbia by one digit.

Hat tip: This post was made possible by an e-mail from loyal reader Levi.

1 comment:

Joe Jones said...

Mori Building (the Trump of Tokyo) did one better in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics vote. They built a scale model of central Tokyo which covers several thousand square meters and takes up half of a floor in their headquarters building. Apparently they have kept it around following the bid so that they can use it in pitching new property developments to investors.