Recent diary entries
Today I surveyed both the new Westbound Port Mann Bridge and the north portion of the SFPR. Either of these would of been a lengthy trip in itself, combined they took two hours of driving to get traces and I still didn't get everything surveyed.
I used my camera to take photos with an interval of 8 seconds and my eTrex 20 sampling at 1 Hz, then correlated everything in JOSM.
I got off at 152 Street and went along 104 Avenue to cross over at 160th. I drove around the south side of the forest on the slope before heading over to join up with the SFPR, 104 Avenue and 176 Street Extension intersection. Little did I know how many times I would be going through here.
I then headed south to Highway 15, 96 Avenue and Golden Ears Way, heading down Golden Ears to do a U-turn in a side street. I then went straight on to the SFPR through the 104 Avenue intersection. From here it was an easy drive on new quiet pavement with no chance to turn off or turn around until King Road and 138 Street. I was struck by how few cars there were on the road. There were occasional trucks but I didn't see another car going my direction. The view was rather nice in parts
After a quick trip along King to verify some road closures it was back on to the SFPR for the trip back. If anything this was quieter than the westbound trip. I saw 3 cars and 2 trucks going the other way and nothing going my way. I then took my third trip through SFPR, 104 Avenue and 176 Street Extension intersection and looped around on the 96 Avenue side of the 15 and 96 Avenue.
I then headed north to get the trunk_link roads. The first one took me along the exit past the construction and a TCP guiding out trucks
The left-turn route at the intersection is somewhat unconventional. There is a no left turn restriction at the intersection and you are directed past the intersection and onto a loop, connecting you with the SFPR and taking you past the intersection again.
From here I took 176 Street down to 96 Avenue a third time and did the same turnaround as before, taking the loop to Highway 1.
Headed home to the Port Mann I got stuck in traffic from a three-car accident, the first major backup of the new span.
I saw that there was some new paint for the United Boulevard exit but I didn't get a chance to map it.
The last change before getting off the highway was the merging of exits 40A and 40B into a new exit 40. It looks like this was done to make it easier to navigate by having all the exit 40 traffic exit at the same point and then split.
At this point the SFPR feels like a road without a purpose. It ends abruptly on the west end, going from 80 km/h to 50 km/h, exceeding the MOT recommended 20 km/h maximum speed limit change. When it connects through to the Alex Fraser it will make more sense as well as when it connects all the way to the ferry terminal and the existing 17 becomes the 17A.
I classified the SFPR as highway=trunk. It's very similar to the Mary Hill Bypass (7B) in design. I also used the existing convention of carrying through the higher classification until it has clearly changed. This is why the connector to Alderbridge and the north end of the Oak Street Bridge are both highway=motorway even though their speed limit is 60 km/h.
The west end is a bit weird but it's a bit weird on the ground too, so the map is simply reflecting reality.
After some technical and legal work, I now have a number of imagery layers hosted on a rented server.
These layers cover from Vancouver to Hope in 20cm or better and Lions Bay to Pemberton as 40cm or better. 10cm imagery is available for Vancouver, Richmond, Ladner, West Delta, the North Shore, Whistler and Surrey.
Most of the imagery was taken in 2009, but Surrey is from 2011.
I've prepared a page with links to the imagery and Potlatch2 and JOSM URLs at http://imagery.paulnorman.ca/tiles/about.html
Some layers may be slow initially loading at high zooms as they may need to fetch from a remote server.
An example of two layers from there and Bing is http://imagery.paulnorman.ca/tiles/surreyexample.png. Starting in the top left going clockwise the layers are Surrey2011, DataBC bc_gvrd_east_2009 and Bing.
Note: This post is a duplicate of a talk-ca mailing list post
After nearly a month on a 4-drive RAID0 array...
time ~/osm/osmosis-0.40.1/bin/osmosis --rb planet-120401.osm.pbf --lp interval=60 --wd database=osm user=openstreetmap password=openstreetmap allowIncorrectSchemaVersion=yes 2>&1 | tee apidb.log 5-May-2012 4:27:02 PM org.openstreetmap.osmosis.core.Osmosis run INFO: Osmosis Version 0.40.1 5-May-2012 4:27:02 PM org.openstreetmap.osmosis.core.Osmosis run INFO: Preparing pipeline. 5-May-2012 4:27:02 PM org.openstreetmap.osmosis.core.Osmosis run INFO: Launching pipeline execution. ... 1-Jun-2012 8:36:48 PM org.openstreetmap.osmosis.core.Osmosis run INFO: Pipeline complete. 1-Jun-2012 8:36:48 PM org.openstreetmap.osmosis.core.Osmosis run INFO: Total execution time: 2347785558 milliseconds. real 39129m46.249s user 1418m52.368s sys 415m9.705s
Surrey, BC is holding an Open Data Hackathon on Sunday November 20th. More
details are at http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/10036.aspx
I will be attending and looking at writing some new conversion scripts.
Does anyone have suggestions for any printed OSM materials to bring?