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Malalaua District is one district of the Gulf Province. Gulf Province is known for most of its landmass covered by swamp and mostly hydrological networks in the Province. An hassle for Mappers will be trying to map out all land-features especially the lowland rainforest which is predominant in most of coastal areas of Papua New Guinea.

This area is not fully mapped and we have much to be populated in OSM. Gulf Province itself is one of a beautiful Province in PNG with its lush forest and water features making it a tropical paradise for most of the inhabitants there.

Location: Malalaua, Malalaua District, Gulf, Southern Region, Papua New Guinea

Updating OSM for Humanatarian use

Posted by Nicxon Piaso on 8 November 2021 in English.

It’s great to see Users doing OSM editing for Humanitarian use. I live in a Highlands area prone to Frost, and droughts for longer period causing havoc to communities.

I hope to see Relief agencies using our OSM Maps for providing assistance during time odf disaster. Thankyou you OSM, if it hadn’t been your key role in providing open-sourced maps, I don’t think Government agencies will be willing to provide maps to its citizens during times of great need.

Government agencies and Departments don’t provide maps readily and would often come at cost which some can not really access it readily for their use.

I really appreciate the effort by the Developers of OSM and the selfless devotion in creating new features for all Mappers around the world to work on this vital platform for common good for humanity.

Thanks all and happy mapping form Papua New Guinea.

Location: Lungutenges, Kandep District, Enga, Highlands Region, 657, Papua New Guinea

Indoor Level Mapping

Posted by Nicxon Piaso on 30 September 2021 in English.

As of this week, I tried using the indoor mapping tool esp. room tags with RELATION to a particular building. I am seeing that this mapping method is now appearing in #! application( OSM indoor Mapping app).

Good to see OSM being taken a step up for us a OSM Mappers in wherever we are mapping. With Indoor mapping it’s more convenient the Mapper should know what exists indoor in a Building( eg. the doors, partition walls etc). Once you are content with it you can create indoor plans. I have used a LEICA Disto in doing Room plans and the indoor mapping function complements the method of capturing details inside a Building.

Thanks to the Developers/Programmers behind this tool. I really appreciate this function and the work you are doing.

Happy Mapping!

Today as of this week, I started editing the missing map details around the Gordons( esp the National Stadium), Rita Flynn Netbal Centre, Sir John Guise Stadium as well as commercial Buildings around Waigani area. It took me almost 3 days before the 3-D model of these Stadium(Sporting facilities) appeared in I hope to see these models also reflected in

Although these are LOD 2 models( in my context), I may hope to try pulling those models into Blender-OSM to further enhance these Buildings, in the future( to take 3D modeling a further step up). I hope to still edit areas that aren’t not mapped out around Port Moresby areas, such as Gerehu Suburbs which are still missing details. Alot still needs to be done around our National Capital city which is still lacking map elements in OSM.

I have done all my BEST and its almost a year that I have actively been editing maps around Port Moresby area esp. the Metropolitan area where high-rise Buildings and densely-packed detached buidings are.

One fundamental function that anyone can use is the Building tags; as I am using only the ID Editor as I don’t have access to use JOSM to verify if my tags are valid. Thanks goes to the OSM moderators who are providing me helpful tips&insights on how I can edit the maps with any error. I am still pressing and pulling myself up-to-date with OSM HELP menu and correcting myself to re-edit feature entries which are erroneous.

Thankyou all and once again happy mapping to all the Mappers around Papua New Guniea and to the Moderators who are taking their time to correct us.

BOLA! and happy Mapping.

Location: Yairik, Enga, Highlands Region, Papua New Guinea

I have just updated some structures( as-builts) around National Capital District in Port Moresby in PNG. After seeing some street having awkward shapes(partially incomplete), I have deleted these and updated with correct tags. Most of the roads did not have correct tags( as most roads in PNG residential and rural areas have 6.0 m width as approved by Department of Works-PNG). I even updated the road surface based on the type of material the roads are built with( mostly asphalt, gravel and dirt/grass). Most Building do have Heights/Levels and using correct level tags, those Buildings not having the correct heights/Levels have been re-edited with correct tags. When also checking on Power transmission Pylons, the average Height is 30.0m, I have re-edited the pylon height again by setting the correct height. The type of landcover( whether grass, forest, concrete asphalt etc.) has also been updated of some streets that I was rechecking/verifying around National Capital District(NCD).

Thanks to the use of, I was able to see the update in 3D after the edits were made 48Hrs later. Please do use correct tags in OSM to improve OSM maps.

Once again, thankyou and happy mapping to you all Mappers.

Digitizing individual building footprints down to smaller mapping units is a tiring task but it can be achieved if you have good cartographic/CAD skills. I am viewing all my 3D building models using, which normally takes 48hours or so before the 3D visuals can be seen in the application. F4map performs well with OpenStreetMap(OSM) if you input the correct TAGS into appropriate fields. Colors to buildings can also bee seen if you use their correct tags as well. Thanks to all those Mappers who have been assisting in populating/digitizing maps around Papua New Guinea.

Thankyou all and lets keep improving our Maps for betterment.

For quite sometime,I have edited some road networks around the Rigo District and Abau especially in Kupiano and Moreguina Rubber plantation as well as Babauguina Rubber Plantation. I can recall of a Survey field party that we did in 2015 regarding the setup of GPS for control station coordination using TOPCON HiPER system for aero-triangulation.

Those road were full of dirt and often times we complained of the wild experience along the Magi Highway en-route to Abau District. We were preparing the way for LiDAR(Light Detection and Ranging) work to be undertaken by FUGRO Geospatial for Australia. Visiting these thick vegetated areas some times inhospitable made Surveyor work really tough. Hu ah!! we did it..When I map these features in OSM, it brings back vivid memories of my travel in the “Land of the Unexpected”,Papua New Guinea

Location: Moreguina, Central, Southern Region, Papua New Guinea

Seeing a lot of features especially structures and roads)(esp logging roads) are not mapped an I have appended them form the Maxar imagery. Once these roads networks are mapped ,we can track where illegal logging sites are in Papua New Guinea. Those Mappers who are in PNG using OSM, please do assist as there are a lot of roads built into thick vegetation of the lowlands and they are not identifiable in Goggle Maps but through OSM we can map these linear infrastructures out.

Hi friends, Surveyors and Cartographers,

If you are in Papua New guinea, we still need most parts of Papua New Guinea almost in all 21 provinces where most parts are unmapped.

Please wherever you are, do contribute to OSM(OpenStreetMap) and have your place mapped out. It is free of charge and all you have to do is register an account and contribute your map editing there. You can hone your basic cartographic skills there.