GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION DISSEMINATION
Geographic Information Dissemination (GID) is the supply of geospatial information to Defence. This could be paper mapping or digital geographic products. All soldiers in 135 Geographic Squadron are GID qualified.
This image shows a Theatre Map Depot in Kabul, Afghanistan on operations that supplied International and UK forces. Squadron members were responsible for moving this depot and setting up a new one in Kandahar. All our soldiers are trained in running Map Depots of all shapes and sizes from the back of a truck, tents or a warehouse.
The picture above shows our vehicle mounted Forward Map Distribution Point (FMDP). An FMDP can store up to 75,000 maps and is fully mobile. It can be deployed anywhere on operations to rapidly supply Defence with maps.
The Tactical Map Distribution Point (TMDP) in the graphic has plotters and scanners so that if stocks run low or a copy of a new paper map is needed, new copies can be plotted in the field. The TMDP can supply and replenish its own maps stock.
Customers receive mapping by helicopter
Mapping is moved around a depot by fork lift
Loading by rough terrain fork lift in the field