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Typical uses of the digital cartographic models

Individual representations can be developed thanks to digital cartographic models, which are the basis for the new Swiss national map. The following products show how individually and diversely the new cartographic data can be adapted to suit the relevant application.

1:40,000 canton of Zug school map

Extract of the canton of Zug school map
Canton of Zug school map

swisstopo created a 1:50,000 school map of the canton of Zug based on the digital cartographic model. The aspect was changed at the client’s request. For example, the map representation was enlarged to 1:40,000, the depiction of the cantonal borders was changed and individual labelling categories or map elements were omitted or added.

Swiss Geological Atlas

Extract from the background map with reduced colours and map extract from the Swiss Geological Atlas
Left: extract from the background map. Right: extract from the Swiss Geological Atlas

A customised 1:25,000 background map was produced for the Swiss Geological Survey. Because of the wide-ranging geological topics, a background map was prepared which does not compete with the thematic content, but remains legible and provides the required information. For example, colours were adapted and forests were geometrically simplified.

Swiss Tactile Atlas

Map extract from the Swiss Tactile Atlas
Swiss Tactile Atlas

ESRI Switzerland developed a 1:100,000 tactile atlas for the sight-impaired in response to a request from a private client. The greatly simplified 1:500,000 digital cartographic model dataset was ideally suited as a basis for the provision of the topographic elements as models for the tactile objects.


ICAO Map extract with special information for aviation

The official ICAO Aeronautical Chart was renewed at the request of the Swiss Airforce, Skyguide and the Federal Office of Civil Aviation. This 1:500,000 aviation map contains important information for pilots, including airfields, airspace, restricted and hazardous zones, as well as a basic topographic map. It was based on the 1:500,000 digital cartographic model dataset, so that the topographic content is  clearly visible without affecting the legibility of the thematic information.

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Federal Office of Topography swisstopo

Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern


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