In response to requests for on-site
training, we developed a structured map-making course which we tailor to the needs of the
participants. The one or two day long course is built around the software Map Maker Pro (www.mapmaker.com)
which, besides being an excellent tool for novice map makers, is also our tool of choice
for all projects and map productions. We have installed it as a networked GIS System for
companies such as Fountains UK Forestry and
trained many of their staff. In 2004, the
Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG)
were rolling out the software as their GIS tool and we trained their Scottish, Cornish and
Companies, as well as individual consultants in the forestry
industry seem to find their way to Map Maker Pro and we have provided training for Fountains, Bell Ingram and Woodland (Ireland's oldest private forestry company). The Forestry Contractors
Association (FCA) engaged us to run a training
course that they sponsored in Inverness.
We have been or are involved with various estates such as the Knoydart Estate (Scotland), Woburn Abbey (Bedfordshire), Fonthill Estates (Wiltshire) and the Tregothnan Estate (Cornwall). For some we have
provided training, for others we have produced management plans or set up a GIS. At
present we are working with Sherborne Castle
Estates (Dorset) setting up a map based management system (see p.3)
out a bit further to the West: training for a marine
biologist operating in
the Caribbean and telephone
support was given to map makers in the US. To the North:
a Swedish archaeologist came to our
offices to be trained, and later -from the
South- a Ghanaian school
teacher was trained to
make street maps of Ghanas cities and villages because if nobody can find the street
names then banks wont lend money to get new businesses going!
Making maps from the aerial to the
grass roots level.
As a small company, Latitude Cartography is able to respond
quickly and personally to particular mapping requirements. Our maps, training
programmes and software solutions are tailored to meet the challenges our
clients bring to us. We hope to hear from you soon.