50 years of mapping a cause for celebrationField Days 2015

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Vicmap Topographic Maps manager John Pergolis celebrated 40 years of mapping at the field days. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIWIMMERA FARMER

VICMAP Topographic Maps celebrated a milestone at this year’s Wimmera Machinery Field Days, with 2015 marking 40 years of mapping.

Vicmap manager John Pergolis said it had been a good 40 years.

“When I started there was heaps of people involved in topographic mapping,” he said.

“Now it’s all computerised.”

MEGA GALLERY: Day one at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days

Mr Pergolis said he received lots of inquires from farmers at the field days.

“We’ve had a good response so far,” he said.

“People are still interested in mapping and it’s a great tool for farm planning.

“We still need to have paper maps because while there is GPS available now, there is not always good signal, especially in this region.

“A paper map will always be useful.”

Vicmap’s site featured a display of maps, showing natural and constructed features such as contours, rivers, streams, waterfalls and lakes.

The maps also showed localities, park boundaries and shipwrecks.

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