The topographical map of Methana

Methana - the perfect place for the first digital map

Dr. Lorenz Hurni and his Greek geologist Panos Gaitanakis discussing the geological details on the mountain Asprovouni in 1991. (c) Tobias Schorr
Dr. Lorenz Hurni and his Greek geologist Panos Gaitanakis discussing the geological details on the mountain Asprovouni in 1991. (c) Tobias Schorr
Dr. Roland Oberhaensli, Dr. Volker Dietrich and Dr. Lorenz Hurni on an boat excursion around the historic volcano. (c) Tobias Schorr
Dr. Roland Oberhaensli, Dr. Volker Dietrich and Dr. Lorenz Hurni on an boat excursion around the historic volcano and the cape Krasopanagia. They were still discussing geological details on the Methana map. 1991. (c) Tobias Schorr

In 1991 Tobias Schorr met by chance, the Swiss cartographer Dr. Lorenz Hurni, who collected geographical data for his project to create the first digital map of Methana. Due to his very good knowledge of the Greek language and the peninsula of Methana, Tobias Schorr was able to support the team of cartographers and geologists. He was able to follow how a modern map is produced and documented the project of the topographical & geological map of Methana. There are many new techniques that Dr. Lorenz Hurni has developed into the digital world and has become standard. Many benefit from his experience and programming. Dr. Lorenz Hurni continues to train his students with the material from Methana, and so Methana is visited and made famous by scientists. The work of all people involved in the project could be used to the benefit of the Methanites people to provide the base for a future GEOPARK.

Photographs of the Methana cartography project

Dr. Lorenz Hurni in his office in the university ETH-Zurich. (c) Tobias Schorr
Dr. Lorenz Hurni in his office in the university ETH-Zurich. (c) Tobias Schorr
Dr. Lorenz Hurni working on the Methana map. (c) Tobias Schorr
Dr. Lorenz Hurni working on the Methana map. (c) Tobias Schorr
Dr Lorenz Hurni checkign details at his digital data of the Methana map. (c) Tobias Schorr
Dr Lorenz Hurni checkign details at his digital data of the Methana map. (c) Tobias Schorr
Dr. Lorenz Hurni at a gigantic drum scanner at the ETH-Zurich. (c) Tobias Schorr
Dr. Lorenz Hurni at a gigantic drum scanner at the ETH-Zurich. (c) Tobias Schorr
Dr. Lorenz Hurni at the huge reprographic camera of the university ETH-Zurich. 1991. (c) Tobias Schorr
Dr. Lorenz Hurni at the huge reprographic camera of the university ETH-Zurich. 1991. (c) Tobias Schorr
Dr. Lorenz Hurni and Dr. Panos Gaitanakis working om the geological map of Methana. 1991. (c) Tobias Schorr
Dr. Lorenz Hurni and Dr. Panos Gaitanakis working om the geological map of Methana. 1991. (c) Tobias Schorr
The front pages of the topographical and the geological map of Methana.
The front pages of the topographical and the geological map of Methana.
Dr Lorenz Hurni was the first scientist to produce a threedimensional map of Methana´s geology. He also created the data and programs for many software apps that create threedimensional graphics.
Dr Lorenz Hurni was the first scientist to produce a threedimensional map of Methana´s geology. He also created the data and programs for many software apps that create threedimensional graphics.
Tobias Schorr and Dr. Lorenz Hurni in the cave of the Pigeon´s at Methana 1991. (c) Tobias Schorr
Tobias Schorr and Dr. Lorenz Hurni in the cave of the Pigeon´s at Methana 1991. (c) Tobias Schorr