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Discussion: Sprint Map Upkeep

in: Pink Socks; Pink Socks > 2016-08-25

Aug 26, 2016 2:25 PM # 
Do you think these sprint maps will take a bit of effort to stay current? I was wondering if it's more work to keep these updated vs. forest maps? I guess it all depends on the area. Some forests change more frequently than others. Keep up the great work.
Aug 27, 2016 2:15 AM # 
My experience is that urban sprint maps need updating almost every time you use them because campuses have an almost unlimited money supply to keep building things.

The park map I drew earlier this year needs updating already due to construction work, despite the fact they haven't done anything to the area for about the past ten years - they only decided to do it now that I thought about drawing a map!

Forest sprints I imagine would take more work than normal forest maps because they require much more detail.
Aug 27, 2016 8:20 PM # 
Pink Socks:
It really depends on the area.

As far as campuses go, UW changes all the time, so you really gotta pay attention. Rex made the new map in summer 2014, and I already had to make a few changes for its first use in December 2014, and there were 8 current construction projects on campus when I went there last month. And since then, one of them has completed. We commissioned the new map because the old one was pre-ISSOM and had turned into what I called a "Frankenmap" because how many patches of different mappers and interpretations there were.

But North Seattle College has stayed relatively the same. Despite the two trees being chopped down, Seattle Pacific has only added one building between the high-res photos (2012) and today. One other thing about the SPU map: there's a set of public stairs on the map, and there's a brand sign on them that says that they are going to rebuild them starting as early as August 15th and finishing up by October. So depending on when they start construction, it may impact SART a little bit.

At Gas Works, they are starting a project in October to renovate the play area and play barn, so that part of the map will last around a month before needing a possible major re-map.

Sprint maps have so much detail that any little change can impact the accuracy of the map. Larger maps can absorb a little change without being too bad (the 2009 Salmon La Sac map is still pretty darn up-to-date, despite some vegetation growth). Lord Hill is an example of a non-sprint map that you need to keep tabs on, because the mountain bikers keep adding trails.
Aug 27, 2016 8:47 PM # 
I was out this morning running on a little sprint map that I made in May. Since then, there have been a few changes - a couple of trees cut down. At least it is easy to update.

Our other campus sprint maps are a mess. Mt Oread, Robinson Gym and Daisy Hill have all changed so much that we need to start from scratch. With Daisy Hill we need to wait a few years until the main construction is done.

It sometimes feels like mapping a sprint map of a campus causes new construction.

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