Interactive automated mapping system

  • US 5,214,757 A
  • Filed: 09/29/1992
  • Issued: 05/25/1993
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/07/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A mobile mapping system, comprising:

  • means for transporting the mapping system along a path to be mapped;

    input means for capturing satellite based position information at various positions of the mapping system along the path to be mapped;

    means for storing the position information;

    means for entering and encoding attribute information into a plurality of attribute data packets, and recording the attribute data packets into the mapping system in real time as the input means is moved along the path to be mapped;

    means for storing the attribute information;

    means for representing a plurality of geographic features and the spatial relationships of the features through the encoding of graphical entities selected from a set of graphical entities including points, lines, arcs, polygons, and nodes, and relating the position information and the plurality of attributes to the graphical entities to further characterize and distinguish between the plurality of geographic features;

    means for managing and organizing data in a geographic information system;

    conversion means for conversion of the position information, the graphical entities, and the attribute information into a form for use by the geographic information system; and

    means for accessing the position information, the graphical entities, and the attribute information in the geographic information system so that previously entered geographic information can be updated.

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