Australian Geology Travel Maps is a phone app that operates offline in the field (ie. without a connection to the internet) and delivers interactive geology maps - tap on the map, and information about the geology at that location is displayed. The geology, terrain, roads, rivers, lakes, towns, rural localities, contours, national parks, forestry reserves, indigenous reserves, and bush-walking tracks for the entire Australian continent are shown on the maps.
A unique feature is the ability for the app to talk to you as you are driving, informing you about the geology whenever there is a change. This is very effective at familiarising you with the geology in an area, and we strongly suggest that you try out this feature during your trial period.
In addition to simplified (1:1 million) geology travel maps, detailed geology maps for Western Australia (1:500k), South Australia (1:100k), Queensland (1:100k & 1:250k), Tasmania (1:25k & 1:250k), and Victoria (1:50k & 1:250k) are available for geologists, engineers and land managers, and only 4 clicks is required to download any of the 360+ phone maps published by the Geological Survey of New South Wales.
Resources overlays are available for every state. Depending on the state, this includes information on the location of metals, minerals, gems, building stone and quarries. The location markers are colour-coded to indicate the category of the resource.
You can download total magnetic intensity (TMI 1VD) images for all of the states, and overlay these as transparencies above the geology maps. The transparency value is fully adjustable via a slider near the bottom of the screen.
You can also import your own MBTiles maps – interactive or non-interactive - for example, created with Tilemill or Maptiler. Any interactive MBTiles map becomes a talking map with this app. Read the User Guide at http://trilobite.solutions for more information on creating and importing your own maps.
There is offline information about the history of the earth, supplied by Geoscience Australia, and there are also photographic examples of rock features and the landscapes associated with the various types of rocks.
The app has a yearly subscription-based licensing scheme, but on subscribing for the first time, there is an automatic 1-week free trial, giving you plenty of time to check this app out in the field before committing to a purchase. Note that the one subscription enables you to run the app on all your Android phones and tablets. It is useful to have it installed on a tablet for a better overall map-viewing experience, as well as your phone to give you the portability and convenience in the field. Some app users might choose to use a small tablet in the field.
Note also that the system uses advanced features provided by Google Play Services and on many phones this will require updating before the maps will display - this happens semi-automatically - but please be patient - it can take 5-10 minutes for the update to download and install. If you need any assistance, please don't hesitate to send us an email - we are happy to help.
When bush-walking, please PUT YOUR PHONE INTO FLIGHT MODE. This greatly extends your phone's battery life.