The Cahill–Keyes projection is a polyhedral compromise map projection first proposed by Gene Keyes in 1975. The projection is a refinement of an earlier 1909 projection by Cahill. The projection was designed to achieve a number of desirable characteristics, namely symmetry of component maps (octants), scalability allowing the map to continue to work well even at high resolution, uniformity of geocells, metric-based joining edges, minimized distortion compared to a globe, and an easily understood orientation to enhance general usability and teachability.
The Cahill-Keyes projection was designed with four fundamental considerations in mind: visual fidelity to a globe, proportional geocells, 10,000 km lengths for each of its octants' three main joined edges, and an M-shape Master-Map profile. The resulting map comprises 8 octants. Each octant is an equilateral triangle with three segments per side. One side runs along the equator, and the other two run along meridians. The total length of each side is 10,043 km. The inner meridians converge towards the pole. Each 1° and 5° "tile" are proportional to each other. The specific process for constructing the graticule divides each half-octant into twelve zones, each of which has different formulae for coordinate calculations.
- World map
- Map projection
- List of map projections
- Dymaxion map
- Bernard J. S. Cahill
- Octant projection
- Gene Keyes, "Cahill-Keyes Octant Graticule: Principles and Specifications", Gene Keyes Website, 2010-08-20