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I need some clarification. I have a map the is set to the scale of 1:6000. In Settings>Project Properties, under the General tab I have the Layer Units set to feet. Therfore I assume that means the scale is 1 foot equals 6000 feet. Does this seem rights? Or is it 1 inch equals 6000 inches?

I am ultimately attempting to convert this to traditional engineering scale of 1 inch equal __ feet.

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As the scale is a ratio, it doesn't have units itself. You can measure whatever you like on the map - one inch, one foot, one double-decker bus - and it will represent 6000 of the same unit in reality.

To give the scale in mixed units, you just have to know what 6000 inches are in feet - OnlineConversion tells me it's 500 feet - so you'd have 1 inch = 500 feet.

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Awesome, thats what I figured. Found this handy description for anyone that interested. groundwater.fullerton.edu/groundwater/Maps,_Scale,_GIS_and_GPS/… –  LandArch Jan 7 '13 at 14:31

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