In times of rapid change and dwindling human and financial resources, the most important reasons for automation in map production are to ensure efficient, up-to-date and consistent production cycles without sacrificing on quality.
Automation makes sense when it eliminates, reduces or sustainably speeds up inefficient manual work. In the case of cartography, this work is mainly repetitious production and updating tasks. The tasks that can be automated in cartography include applying relevant styles, generalization and labelling, all of which are critical for making maps readable. Automating the time-consuming updating process, which is done repeatedly, greatly increases productivity and shortens updating cycles.
Contributor: Ajay Mathur
Company: Axes Systems