[new additions and functionality are available now, but parts are still to be implemented, to complete the project…]
The initial idea was to systematize data on Antarctica on the web and to assist the developers of sceneries for X-Plane in the implementation of Research Bases and Airfields to populate the Antarctic Continent in the X-Plane – to make the Antarctic Flight Simulation with more realistic landscape even more interesting.
The result of this work are hundreds of PDF cards: One for each Research Base, Airfield, Geo-point and Airplane containing data and real images or at least screenshots from the simulator, as well as links to information, movies and downloads.
The PDFs also contain links to download basic helipads located at the Research Bases, still to develop for the X-Plane simulator, and as well the Geo-points: Hopefully, in addition to the iconographic material contained in each PDF, they may constitute some help to stimulate the realization of the missing Research Base Station Sceneries for X-Plane.
The realization of PDF cards became a continuous work in progress in parallel and in addition to the Antarctica4XPlane project, and to what has been achieved with respect to the project by third parties.
We chose to merge the collected data into QGIS, a cross-platform free and open-source desktop geographic information system application, that provides data viewing, editing, and analysis. Each point geo-referenced relative to the surveyed sites was added to a map of Quantarctica, a collection of Antarctic geographical datasets realized in QGIS. Finally, all this was made available on the web through the functionality of QGIS Cloud.
Some simple usage tips for the map: Once achieved a sufficient magnification by zooming in to identify the point that locates the site on the map and clicking on the point, a window with code(s) of site(s) in the area detected will appear. Clicking on a code will appear a mask containing some essential information and the link to the PDF containing the relevant data collected. By clicking instead on the outlined perimeter of the continent of one of the Antarctica4XPlane Parts realized so far, you will get the PDF chart about the related X-Plane Mesh created by Matthias.
Our Antarctica Catalog project was realized with thanks to the irreplaceable contribution of Alessandro Lambertini PHD, of the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering – Topography and Cartography of the University of Bologna, directed by Professor Antonio Zanutta.
We also thank George Roth, Quantarctica Project Coordinator of the Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø for his suggestions and active cooperation.