You have come across John's web
My background is cartography (I have a degree from RMIT
University) and I work as a survey - draftsman at Watsons, an award-winning
land surveying, civil engineering design and town planning
company on the Mornington Peninsula.
Professionally, I'm a member of the Mapping Sciences
Institute Australia and the Surveying and Spatial Sciences
Since late 2013, I have been expanding my spatial skills at home
as well as at work, and examples of this are as follows:
- Cartography/GIS: Using Vicmap and Geoscience
Australia data as the base and MapInfo software, I've created
the following maps:
- GPS: Using a Magellan handheld GPS on loan
(originally a Triton and more recently an Explorist):
- I've picked up features such as walking tracks that aren't
yet on Melway or Vicmap. Using GIS software, I've converted
the GPX files to MapInfo format, then in MapInfo overlaid
these on Vicmap data. The resulting data is then sent off to
Melway and Vicmap as needed. See as examples a screen dump for
Woods Reserve (near Devilbend Reservoir, Mornington
Peninsula) and a screen dump for
Buckley NCR (Balnarring, Mornington Peninsula).
- Picked up plaques around Dromana for the Dromana and
District Historical Society.
- More recently, I now have a kit-build GPS
to use as well.
- KML: I've created Google Earth KML/KMZ files for a
variety of subjects using CAD/GIS software, view this list and more recently
the 'Round 2' work.
- Google Maps API: I've done some 'playing around' to
create a basic map for the
Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society, another for
the Dromana &
District Historical Society and a third for the Gateway 4WD group.
- Animated 3D Maps: Maps of the Puffing
Billy Railway and 4WD
- Talbotville to The Pinnacles via Billy Goat Bluff Track,
created using Memory
Map software (in it's 3D ability). Normally, you can do
this with a GPX file from a handheld GPS device, etc; but
these involved GPX tracks created using commercial or
freeware/open-source CAD and GIS software.
- Multimedia: A multimedia
CD of Walhalla produced (as part of a group) while in
final year at RMIT Uni.
I have also provided feedback to Melway since around 1996 and
Vicmap (Spatial Vision Map Books and Vicmap maps/digital data)
since 2006 by 'unofficial' field-checking of the maps, and am now
using a handheld GPS to assist in this, combined with GIS.
Hobbies and Other
My main hobbies are astronomy and railways.
I'm also a member of the Dromana Presbyterian
Photos from past holidays, daytrips, etc: Flickr
Other smaller web pages of mine:
4WD Links (including maps)
Links to Christian groups
The End of Democracy in the West
How the Dystopia Novels are becoming
Bible Maps and Atlases
Web pages of mine that are no longer maintained are as follows:
I do gardening and some cooking in my spare time.
Other interests are science & technology, aviation, civil
engineering, military & intelligence, geopolitics,
history and counter-factual history.
I'm a 4th-generation Australian (all my ancestors were free
settlers) from a British background.
I'm also on LinkedIn
for those of you who know me and are already on there.
I have always been single, because I have never met any single
nice ladies around my age, let alone Christian as well (do such
people even exist?). As well, no woman has ever shown the
slightest interest in me, so this suggests that whatever women
want in men is something I don't have (and that's for women who
are even interested in men - women seem so self-centred these