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Let Summit Create a New 3D map For You
Summit can create accurate raised-relief maps of any area of interest – parks, government properties, ski areas, golf courses, private properties, real estate developments. Accurately 3D modeling the terrain makes for a striking map that stands out from the wall of a home, office or classroom. And our technology makes producing multiple copies of your custom map surprisingly inexpensive. Our process creates raised-relief maps up to 40" x 30" in size, with up to 3" of vertical relief. Common size formats that Summit uses include "small" (up to 20" x 14"), "medium" (up to 30" x 20"), and "large" (up to 40" x 30"). We will work with you to select the size format, scale, and other specifics to create an effective 3D map for your application.
Convert a 2D Flat Map to 3D Raised-Relief Map
Summit can convert any existing satellite/aerial image or traditional reference or thematic 2D map into a stunning 3D raised-relief map. If you send us your existing 2D map image, Summit will geographically match the map to an accurate digital elevation model (DEM). The resulting terrain elevation model is then used to generate the tooling for the 3D print/molding process. We digitally print your map image on a rigid plastic film, and carefully vacuum-thermoform mold it to the accurate terrain and elevation shape. These 3D maps make interpretation of topography much easier -- particularly for areas with dramatic terrain shape.
Custom Map Cost
The initial cost is usually from $3000 to $5000 for a map up to 30" in size, depending on the amount of data acquisition and graphics work required. The larger 40" format is more. The initial effort includes the design, data processing, terrain mold construction, and a first prototype map. Once this initial investment is made, Summit can then make any number of maps (from a few to hundreds) at $12 to $40 each (up to 30"), depending on the map size and quantity ordered. 40" maps are typically $75 each, but that will vary with quantity. Please call Summit with details of your custom map idea, and we'll provide a firm price quote for each project. And sometimes, Summit will choose to co-invest in a map project to reduce your up-front cost.
Summit's Customers and Prior Projects
* US National Park Service (maps of 5 AK national parks)
* The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (map of entire Appalachian Trail)
* US Army Geospatial Center (maps of US bases and overseas operating areas)
* US Marine Corps (map of Quantico OCS)
* Allan Cartography (map of private ranch)
* Fugro EarthData (map of Denali/Mt Kinley)
* San Diego Gas & Electric (map of corporate operating districts)
* Happy Star Hawaii (map of Oahu)
Call or Email Us Today
Call 304-274-0978 or email email@example.com to discuss your custom map project idea. Summit will be pleased to work with you to develop a spectacular and unique raised-relief map.