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Cartographic Standards for the State of Qatar

New cartographic standards and symbology ensure consistency in and improve quality of Qatar’s maps.
  • Members of Gannett Fleming mapping project team and CGIS management team pictured in front of Gannett Fleming and CGIS banners - Gannett Fleming.

    Gannett Fleming successfully completed the project in partnership with CGIS-MME.

  • Screen capture of a small-scale map displaying road networks and buildings - Gannett Fleming.

    The small-scale sample map derived from cartographic generalization includes English and Arabic labeling.

  • Large-scale sample map of the landscape in cartographic details of an urban community - Gannett Fleming.

    The large-scale sample map displays cartographic details of the newly developed Qatar-Pearl community.

The State of Qatar’s Centre for Geographic Information Systems (CGIS), The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME)

State of Qatar

Our Role

State of Qatar
1 year
  • Ensured compliance with international best practices and standards
  • Reduced time needed to create multi-scale maps
  • Created consistency across all maps created by CGIS-MME
  • Improved overall quality of State of Qatar maps
  • Developed sample maps to serve as knowledge transfer tools for CGIS staff.

The Centre for Geographic Information Systems of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (CGIS-MME) had produced various topographic maps for more than 25 years; however, the agency had never implemented cartographic standards for its map series. In an effort to improve the production and quality of maps for Qatar’s citizens, scientists, and officials, CGIS-MME engaged Gannett Fleming.

The main goal for the project was to design a unique mapping brand and symbol fonts for the maps of the State of Qatar. The new cartography standards needed to meet international color standards and the requirements of national mapping agencies to ensure adherence to best practices. For consistency and quality, the new standards would be applied in the creation of the country’s official printed and online maps.

What We Did

Gannett Fleming launched the project by engaging key stakeholders in a detailed analysis of the requirements and review of the existing spatial data. Next, the team established symbols, colors, and patterns to aid in the production of the country’s maps and ensure consistent appearances. The symbology includes points of interest, road networks, building footprints, vegetation, and hydrology. 

To support CGIS staff with the long-term implementation and use of the standards, Gannett Fleming created a detailed Technical Guide with instructions for creating the new maps, including use of the online map automation and generalization tools. The team also developed a Style Guide that includes an overview of the cartography standards, color palettes, and symbology, which will reinforce the CGIS mapping brand. These resources reduce the amount of time necessary to create multi-scale maps, improve the overall quality of the maps, and ensure consistency across all maps created by CGIS-MME.

Key Features

  • Online mapping capabilities allow CGIS to create traditional and hybrid map formats that incorporate satellite imagery
  • New standards account for five different mapping scales, ranging from 1:5,000 for local communities to 1:200,000 for countrywide maps
  • Established symbology, including points of interest landmarks, for each of the five mapping scales ensure consistency.

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