On Thu, 06 Jan 2005 13:21:36 +0000
Jon Stockill wrote:
>
> I can position all the navaids for you if you like. If you have any 
> lists of object positions (I've got lighthouses, wind farms, power 
> stations, radio masts, and Ordnance Survey triangulation points in the 
> database so far - but this only covers the UK) then I'd be happy to add 
> them to the data I have and produce scenery object data for you.

Jon, are you agreeable to getting this stuff into the downloadable
scenery (that is, putting the models into the data tree and making their
placement part of the TerraGear/scenery generation process)?  Curt, are
you?  It would be cool to have this stuff in the scenery.

On a related note:  I have a copy of the FAA's Digital Obstruction File
dated May 9, 2004, covering the U.S. and at least some of Canada.  This
document is released periodically (quarterly?); and as near as I can
tell, is unencumbered by IP restrictions, although not released for free.
I think it'd be very useful for improving the generic scenery in the U.S.
Its contents look like this:


  NOS   V                      LATITUDE     LONGITUDE     OBSTACLE        AGL 
AMSL STROBE ACCUR MARK  FAA    ACTION 308294
 ST NO  S ST      CITY      DEG MIN SEC    DEG MIN SEC    TYPE      FREQ  HT   
HT   IND   H V   IND STUDY NO  JDATE 284460
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 300150
01-1307 O AL DAUPHIN ISLAND  30 10 45.00N  088 04 39.00W  RIG            0236 
00236  R    5 D    Y  90SO1578 C92125 235361
01-1472 O AL FORT MORGAN     30 11 20.00N  087 57 10.00W  STACK          0193 
00193  R    5 D    Y  92SO2230 C96309 238951
01-1459 O AL DAUPHIN ISLAND  30 11 20.00N  088 07 15.00W  RIG            0240 
00241  R    5 D    Y  92SO2229 C93277 234894
01-2567 O AL GULF SHORES     30 13 49.00N  087 52 25.00W  BLDG           0223 
00242  R    5 D    N  00SO3180 CA4005 231225
01-2558 O AL GULF SHORES     30 13 49.00N  087 52 30.00W  BLDG           0223 
00242  R    5 D    N  99SO3256 CA4005 233277
01-2363 U AL FORT MORGAN     30 14 16.00N  087 52 01.00W  TOWER          0300 
00317  M           N  00SO3108 AA0284 226782
01-1173 O AL DAUPHIN ISLAND  30 15 01.00N  088 04 45.00W  TOWER          0201 
00205  R    5 D    Y  88SO2440 C89163 245470
01-1330 O AL DAUPHIN ISLAND  30 15 54.00N  088 07 32.00W  RIG            0186 
00186  D    5 E    Y  91SO0652 C91350 233927
01-0196 O AL FOLEY           30 16 46.00N  087 41 33.00W  T-L TWR 2      0130 
00140  N    5 E    Y           C84144 188870
01-2870 O AL ORANGE BEACH    30 16 58.00N  087 35 04.00W  TOWER          0155 
00170  N    2 C    N  03SO0528 CA3341 239458
01-0291 O AL FOLEY           30 17 12.00N  087 36 23.00W  TOWER          0300 
00317              Y  66ME0248 D79163 212543

The obstruction types in the list are ARCH, BALLOON, BLDG,
BLDG-TWR, BRIDGE, CATENARY, COOL TWR, CRANE, DOME, ELEVATOR,
MONUMENT, OBSTACLE, PLANT, POLE, REFINERY, RIG, SIGN, SPIRE,
STACK/STACKS, T-L TWR, TANK, TOWER/TOWERS, TRAMWAY, and
WINDMILL.  Some of these correspond to types of objects that
Jon has spent a lot of time creating very nice looking models.

I think this would help make scenery in the U.S. and Canada
look a lot nicer with very little help.  My good news for the
new year is that I got a new job.  While I'm employed, I'm
willing to buy a copy of this file annually for TerraGear
to use in object placement, and work on scripts to add to
TerraGear to do it, if the interest is there.

-c


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