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Vector Map Level 0 (VMap)


(Formerly known as Digital Chart of the World-DCW®)

 

Vector Map (VMap) Level 0 is an updated and improved version of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency's (NIMA) Digital Chart of the World (DCW®). The VMap Level 0 database provides worldwide coverage of vector-based geospatial data which can be viewed at 1:1,000,000 scale. It consists of geographic, attribute, and textual data stored on compact disc read-only memory (CD-ROM). The primary source for the database is the 1:1,000,000 scale Operational Navigation Chart (ONC) series co-produced by the military mapping authorities of Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States. The complete database is available on a set of four CD-ROM's and contains more than 1,800 megabytes of vector data organized into 10 thematic layers. VMap Level 0 includes major road and rail networks, hydrologic drainage systems, utility networks (cross-country pipelines and communication lines), major airports, elevation contours, coastlines, international boundaries and populated places. VMap Level 0 includes an index of geographic names to aid in locating areas of interest. VMap Level 0 is accessible directly from the CD-ROM or can be transferred to a hard drive and used in many geographic information system (GIS) applications.

 

VMap Level 0's world coverage is divided into four libraries based on geographic areas. The geographic areas and library names, by disc, are:
Disc 1 - North America (NOAMER),
Disc 2 - Europe and North Asia (EURNASIA),
Disc 3 - South America, Africa, and Antarctica (SOAMAFR), and
Disc 4 - South Asia and Australia (SASAUS).
The data structure is Vector Product Format (VPF) to US Military Standard (MIL-STD-2407) which is compliant with the international standard, Digital Geographic Information Exchange Standard (DIGEST) Annex C. The VMap Level 0 feature and attribute content is defined in the US Military Specification for VMap Level 0(MIL-V-89039).

Application software, called VPFVIEW V2.1, has been developed by NIMA and allows users the ability to access and view VMap Level 0 data. The software, available separately from NIMA or USGS within the DMAMUSE software package, has been developed to operate on an IBM PC, or compatible microcomputer, as well as SUN UNIX, Silicon Graphics, Hewlett-Packard, and MacIntosh.
VPFVIEW V2.1 is automatically installed if the program DMAMUSE V 2.0 is downloaded directly from the NIMA homepage. VPFVIEW V2.1 software allows users to create "map-like" views of the digital data on a computer screen. Special "map-like" views will be distributed with the VMap Level 0 product to be used in conjunction with the VPFVIEW V2.1 application to facilitate usage. By using VPFVIEW V2.1, the effective scale can be changed by zooming in or out. VPFVIEW V2.1 can also access portions of the VPF database which have been copied from the CD-ROM and saved on the computer's hard disk. Simple plots can be generated in postscript format. A VPFVIEW V2.1 user's manual, and installation instructions, are also available. The manual is in MS Word, Rich Text Format (RTF), and ASCII (TXT) formats.


System requirements for VPFVIEW V2.1:

Windows 3.1 (16-bit)
* IBM PC Compatible with an Intel 80386DX-25MHz processor
* 4MB memory (8 preferred)
* Approx. 6MB free hard drive space (for the application)
* 16-color VGA graphics adapter (256-color SVGA adapter preferred)
* CD-ROM drive meeting the MPC Multimedia standard
* MS-DOS 5.0 or later
* Postscript output device (for printing hardcopy output) - optional


Windows 3.1 (32-bit)


* IBM PC Compatible with an Intel 80386DX-25MHz processor
* 4MB memory (8 preferred)
* Approx. 6MB free hard drive space (for the application and Win32s libraries alone)
* 16-color VGA graphics adapter (256-color SVGA adapter preferred)
* CD-ROM drive meeting the MPC Multimedia standard
* MS-DOS 5.0 or later
* Win32s version 1.25 or later - system must operate in enhanced mode to use
* Postscript output device (for printing hardcopy output) - optional


Windows 95


* IBM PC Compatible with an Intel 80386DX-25MHz processor
* 8MB memory (12 preferred)
* Approx. 2MB free hard drive space (for the application alone)
* 16-color VGA graphics adapter (256-color SVGA adapter preferred)
* CD-ROM drive meeting the MPC Multimedia standard
* Postscript output device (for printing hardcopy output) - optional


Windows NT 3.1/3.5:


* IBM PC Compatible with an Intel 80386DX-25MHz processor
* 16MB memory (20 preferred)
* Approx. 2MB free hard drive space (for the application alone)
* 256-color VGA graphics adapter
* CD-ROM drive meeting the MPC Multimedia standard
* Postscript output device (for printing hardcopy output) - optional


Sun SPARCstation or compatibles running SUNOS


* SunOs 4.1.3 or later
* Motif 1.1 or OpenLook Window Manager
* 8MB memory
* 3MB free hard drive space (for the application alone)
* 256-color graphics adapter
* Sun CD-ROM drive
* Postscript output device (for printing output) - optional


Sun SPARCstation or compatibles running SOLARIS


* Solaris 2.3 or later
* Motif 1.2 or OpenLook Window Manager
* 8MB memory
* 3MB free hard drive space (for the application alone)
* 256-color graphics adapter
* Sun CD-ROM drive
* Postscript output device (for printing output) - optional


Apple Macintosh


* 68k-based computer or compatible
* System 7.1 or later
* 8MB memory (12 preferred)
* 3MB free hard drive space (for the application alone)
* Standard Macintosh color adapter
* CD-ROM drive * Postscript output device (for printing output) - optional


The VMap Level 0 is available through:


UNITED STATES

Defense Customers (Users) Civilian Customers (Users)
National Imagery and Mapping Agency
Customer Assistance Office
4600 Sangamore Rd
Bethesda, MD 20816-5003
Tel: (301) 227-5518/2495 or
1-800-826-0342
USGS-Information Services
BOX 25286, MS 306
Denver, CO 80225-0046
Tel: 1-800-435-7627 or
1-800-872-6277


AUSTRALIA

Defense Customers (Users) Civilian Customers (Users)
Directorate of Military Geographic Information - Army
CP2-4-24
CAMPBELL PARK OFFICES
CANBERRA ACT 2600
AUSTRALIA
The Manager National Data Centre
P.O. Box 2
BELCONNEN ACT 2616
AUSTRALIA

UNITED KINGDOM

All Customers (Users)
Military Survey
Directorate of Geographic Commitments
(Land Reqts)
Elmwood Avenue
Feltham, Middlesex
TW13 7AH
UK
Tel: 0181 818-2143
Fax: 0181 818-2177


CANADA

Defense Customers (Users) Civilian Customers
J-2 Defense Geomatics
National Defense Headquarters (NDHQ)
Mapping and Charting Establishment/Ops
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0K2 0E9
Tel: (613) 996-8763
Fax: (613) 995-4359
Centre for Topographic Information
2144 King W.
Sherbrooke, Quebec
Canada, J1J 2E8

Tel: 1-800-661-2638 (Canada and USA)

Please Note: American and Canadian customers must purchase Vmap-0 in their own country as stipulated in the agreement between our respective Defense Agencies.


MIL-V-89039 and MIL-STD 2407 specifications can be obtained by accessing NIMA's World Wide Web address: "http://www.nima.mil" and viewing the Publications section, or, in print upon request from:

Defense Printing Service
Standardization Document Order Desk
700 Robbins Avenue, Building 4D
Philadelphia, PA 19111-5094
DSN 442-1187/1198
215 697-1187/1198

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Last edited on 9/28/98