The island groups in the Fijian nation are mapped by the
Department of Lands and Survey (FDLS) in Suva.
1:50,000 scale topographic coverage was established by the
British Directorate of Overseas Surveys (now Ordnance
Survey International (OSI)) in the 1950s. This map was
eventually published for most larger and inhabited islands,
in three-color editions with 100 ft contour intervals. Early
sheets used the Cassini projection, which was later replaced
by Transverse Mercator-based mapping. In the 1960s DOS also produced
four of a seven-sheet 1:250,000 scale topographic map of
In the mid-1980s a New Zealand-funded project revised the
specifications for the topographic mapping of the country.
New 1:50,000 scale mapping was started based on a
Transverse Mercator projection, WGS 72 ellipsoid, with the
intention of extending coverage to the whole of the Fijian
group including the smaller eastern islands. Maps in this
new (FMS 31) series use the metric Fiji map grid and a 20 m
contour interval and are compiled at 1:25,000 scale prior to
full five-color printing at 1:50,000. The specification
results in a similar design to Australian topographic
mapping standards, 38 of the 93 sheets required for full
coverage were published between 1985 and 1993, and the
survey was completed by 1998. 1:25,000 scale mapping in
series (FMS 30) is published on demand, as monochrome
dyeline editions, which become available prior to publication
of full-color 1:50,000 editions. Once the 1:50,000
scale mapping is complete it is planned to take the 1:25,000
series to full-color publication. Other coverage from FDLS
includes administrative mapping of Fiji at 1:750,000 scale,
a cadastral mapping program, as well as a revision
program for 1:250,000 scale mapping started in 1996.
A new urban specification for the (FMS 1) street map series
was released in 1994, and the intention is to produce four-color
fully indexed maps, mostly at 1:15,000 scale, to cover major settlements.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Fiji exists at the following scale: 1:1,000,000 (6 sheets, complete coverage, published 1965-1973). This product is available in
print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
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