2000 Olympics Maps and Imagery
Sports fans around the world are gearing up for the 2000 Olympics being held in Sydney, Australia.
To help those of you searching for photos, imagery, and maps of Sydney we've put together a short collection
of some of the best Olympic resources we've managed to locate. If you have or know of a resource providing
maps, data, or images of Sydney please let us know about it - submit to
This first one-meter resolution
image of Sydney, Australia was
collected by Space Imaging's
IKONOS satellite. It is the first
high-resolution satellite image
ever taken of an Olympic site.
The IKONOS satellite travels
four miles-per-second in an orbit
423 miles above Earth. The
image showcases the stunning
features of the 2000 Olympic
Park, located just off Homebush
Bay about nine miles or 14
kilometers west of downtown
Sydney. Olympic Park venues
seen in the image include the
Main Stadium, Superdome,
Athletics Centre and warm-up
arena, Aquatic Centre, and the
hockey, tennis and baseball
Image Credit: SpaceImaging.com
Press Release - First High-Resolution Satellite Image of
Sydney's Olympic Park Released (Sept. 12, 2000)
City of Sydney - Just in time for the Olympics
a series of interactive maps focusing on the City of Sydney. Maps included are Torch Relay, Marathon, Triathalon, Bus
Network, Rail Network, Taxi Ranks and Car Parking Stations Map and a City of
Sydney Base Map. All maps include the ability to zoom, pan, print.
Skyline Software Systems creator of interactive 3D fly-through
experiences over a "Digital Earth" is providing CNN/Sports Illustrated (CNN/SI) with
virtual 3D aerial tour coverage of the 2000 Summer Olympic Game venues and the greater
Sydney, Australia area. Skyline has used its unique technology to cover other sporting
events, including the 2000 Paris-Dakar-Cairo off-road rally, and the 1999 and 2000
Tour de France bicycle races.
Lonely Planet Sydney Interactive, city sync, destination sydney and more. This is an ESRI technology site
involving ArcIMS on an Apache net server
platform, with a link to ArcSDE for access to an Oracle geodatabase running on a
Sun system. The database has been developed using a combination of ArcInfo for
data editing and management and the ArcPad GIS for field verification of the
details of each Lonely Planet site/entry.
Sportonline.com has put together some excellent resources to help guide you through the venues hosting
the 31 sports being contested in sydney for the 2000 Olympics. Attractive image maps are used to
provide news, statistics, and photographs about the facilities.
GlobeExplorer real-time supplier of
earth imagery to e-businesses over the
Internet. GlobeXplorer imagery takes you on a visual tour of the Sydney Olympics!
Tour the Olympic venues with imagery collected in july and August 2000. High resolution imagery can be purchased
The ACRES Image Gallery provided by Auslig is serving up satellite imagery of the Sydney area.
Click on the boxes outlined on the map to view more detailed imagery.
Sydney2000.com is providing the nicest graphics and details of the venues that I've seen. Details of each
venue can be found by selecting from a pull down menu. Once you've selected a venue you are presented with
a detailed description and history of the venue. Click on the "click here to view map" option and you'll
be presented with some very impressive graphics of the chosen venue. Be sure to click around the
image as most of them are hyperlinked to more detailed information.
The oficial Olympics website at http://olympics.com/eng/ has some very impressive imagery available.
click on the "Venues" option near the top of the page. you can then mouse-over the image map.
Click on any live hyperlink to be presented detailed information. You should now have a page with an
index listed on the right side-bar. Clicking on any venue option listed will bring up detailes on that particular
site, along with related images. One of my favorite advances in imagery is the "iPix" panoramic views that
are now available online (widely used in real estate applications). Locate the link to "panoramic view"
and click on the link. You'll now have a new window with a scrollable, zoomable, iPix image. If you've
never seen iPix graphics before be sure to check this out... its very cool!
GetMapping.com.au Getmapping Australia was established in June 2000 with the
mission to produce the first complete detailed image map for
Australia. A nifty feature of the site is the "send a postcard" option.
Send a map card to a friend or colleague. Once received the recipient can then explore the post card
in greater detail using an interactive map viewer... I received on from Richard Bentley of GetMapping (below)
The image on the card is that of Stadium Australia at Homebush (Olympic Village)
Identify Cities From Space! How well do you know the landscape of Australia's capital cities? Try this nifty
quiz and see if you can identify the capital cities from satellite imagery. I got 4 out of 8 but its been 15 years
since I last visited
Sydney 2000 AUSLIG, Australia's national mapping agency, has just put out a new section titled
"Australian geographic information for
International visitors". View the capital from space,
use the Gazetteer, view imagery and much more... very cool stuff here!
They've also just released a new Sydney Map for tourists...
Waterways Authority of New South Wales is the government agency responsible
for, among other things, Sydney harbor. Olympic sailing and swimming events
are being staged in the harbor and Waterways established the racing areas
and is coordinating the traffic within the harbor.
Splash Strategic Planning Linkup Around Sydney Harbour -
Some very nice DHTML mapping of Sydney provided by the office of the Sydney Harbour manager.
The Coastal Atlas of Australia lets you view layers of
information about the Australian coast. The Atlas includes maps and
images of the coastal zone showing information about water
quality, climate, fisheries and more! The Atlas is conveniently divided into several nodes in order to
help narrow your search for information
Land Information Center Online The LIC has responsibility for the acquisition, maintenance and provision
of cadastral, topographic, aerial photography, survey control and natural
resource information, with a focus on digital or computer-based forms of
AirView Aerial photography and Ordering for NSW If you need
aerial photography for areas in New South Wales this is place to be. Airview allows for the viewing and
ordering of standard coverage aerial
photography of NSW
Olympic GIS Teaching Package
ESRIís Schools and Libraries Program staff, in collaboration with CountryWatch.com, have developed the
Olympic GIS teaching package for free download from ESRIís ArcLessons Web site (www.esri.com/arclessons,
keyword search: Olympics). The materials, written for use with ESRIís ArcVoyager software, can also be used with
ArcExplorer and ArcView GIS. ESRI also makes available free ArcVoyager GIS software to use with the package.
A CD containing it and other educational resources can be ordered from www.esri.com/industries/k-12/k-12form.html.
Other Australian GIS/Mapping Weblinks of Interest: