Historical information

The first two photographs were most likely taken in the 1980s and the third in c1990s at the Army Survey Regiment, Fortuna, Bendigo. Despite lacking annotation on exact dates, locations and personnel, they are positively identified. CPL Ian Nelson in photo .1P is operating a Wild Pug 4 point transfer device in Air Survey Squadron c1980s. Control points were transferred onto the mapping diapositives of aerial photography by drilling their locations into the photographic emulsion. SPR Viv (Hawkins) Doherty in photo .2P is operating a Wild B8 Stereoplotter coupled to a digital workstation in Air Survey Squadron c1980s. Topographic features were extracted with the B8 in 3D and feature coded with attributes, using keyboard, menu, keypad and voice inputs to the computer. The features were stored in the AUTOMAP 2 digital database for subsequent cartographic production and printing. CPL Mick Ellis in photo .3P is operating the Optronix 4040 Scanner/Film Writer in Lithographic Squadron c1990s. In scanning mode, compilation sheets were mounted on the drum and scanned. The resultant raster file was vectorized, feature coded with attributes and stored by cartographic technicians in the AUTOMAP 2 database. In film writing mode, digital cartographic files were output at very high resolution for each print colour on photosensitive film, for subsequent finalisation, platemaking and printing.

Physical description

This is a set of photographs of technicians operating map production equipment at the Army Survey Regiment, Bendigo. The photographs were printed on photographic paper and are part of the Army Survey Regiment’s Collection. The photographs were scanned at 300 dpi.
.1) - Photo, colour, c1980s. CPL Ian Nelson operating a Wild Pug 4 point transfer device in Air Survey Squadron
.2) - Photo, colour, c1980s. SPR Viv (Hawkins) Doherty operating a Wild B8 photogrammetric plotter in Air Survey Squadron
.3) - Photo, colour, c1990s. CPL Mick Ellis operating the Optronics 4040 Scanner in Lithographic Squadron

Inscriptions & markings

.1 – no annotations
.2 – annotated “Stereoplotter Workstation. The operator has the use of keyboard, menu, keypad and voice for input to the computer. Feedback is given through voice and screen messages.”
.3 – no annotations