What model do you use?
How often do you use it?
For the maps that I've made/updated since I got it, I didn't use it at SPU, Gas Works, or UW. For the urban maps, the aerial photos are too good.
I used it at Carkeek Park, and I used it to finish up the last pocket of Shoreview Park that I never mapped last year. Basically, areas of wooded trail networks on slopes. Aerials aren't really useful. The LIDAR is from 2000 so it doesn't pick up trails. My GPS isn't super accurate due to the tree cover and slope. Also, my pace counting isn't consistent with the mix of slopes and stairs. I had hard time mapping the trails at Shoreview last year, so I figured that something like a rangefinder would help me out in nailing down the exact locations of trail junctions and such.
I mentioned in my other response to you about how it helped me nail down the location of a boulder I stumped upon at Carkeek at the end of an indistinct trail. I had a clear shot of some nearby houses, so I triangulated from them.
Are there any interesting/fun non-mapping uses?
I haven't found any yet, but who knows!
They look great. You do a much better job of drafting than I do.
Thanks! I'm a super-perfectionist when it comes to the urban maps, so my drafting is insanely clean.
I also like some of your non-ISSOM mapping (like the court lines for tennis and bball courts and the thin white lines around individual trees).
I've studied a lot of Vancouver maps and sprint maps in general, and I've cherry-picked a lot of things that I like. I really focus on making my maps legible (which is why I spend so much time on drafting). Legibility leads to things like white outlines around single tree symbols. Last year, when I mapped Woodland Park, I actually varied the size of the white circles underneath with the size of the tree canopy. I didn't do that on any of this year's new SART maps. In fact, I only used the small tree symbol for the three new SART maps. At SPU, this was basically for legibility: the larger tree symbol just took up too much space near other objects. At Gas Works, the map was so tiny and trees so close together that using the smaller symbol was the only one that would fit (I could have mapped more as Open Land with Scattered Trees, but I wanted more mapped point features in areas of the park that lacked them).
I find that tennis, basketball, and soccer field lines are really useful. It makes the map more accurate and accessible.
One thing that I've done on all of my maps is use different colors of pavement for vehicular areas and pedestrian areas. The Whistler Village map does this, and I found it pretty clever, and it's not exactly non-ISSOM (it's pretty vague here). I actually used three colors of pavement for North Seattle College in 2014 (my first professional map) because it really helps differentiate the multiple levels. North Seattle also has the weird not-quite-ISSOM interpretation of the passageway/tunnel symbol, but that's a special case.
Other non-ISSOM things from this year's SART maps: the olive green with black slash. I mapped Carkeek with basically olive green everywhere, so I needed a way to differentiate the off-limits forest with private land. Once I did this, it actually made sense to use this at SPU, to differentiate between landscaped areas and private residences.
The machinery in Gas Works Park. My original plan was to make the map at 1:4000 and include a 1:1000 inset map of the play barn. But I challenged myself to map the play barn at 1:4000, which was actually mostly possible. I mapped the machinery in the barn as buildings, but the building gray fill with black border wasn't working right, but when I switched to just building fill gray, it worked a lot better. The play barn also has a few vertical pipes, which I mapped as dots.. basically one stony ground dot in the building gray color. They are super tiny and not that visible on the map, but I think it's better to have them tiny than not at all. The Gas Works Park map doesn't use one single man-made X or O symbol in the urban area. They just take up too much spade and hinder legibility.