Woolpert to Collect Lidar Aerial Data for 3D Elevation Program in Ohio
Woolpert was contracted to collect topographic lidar data and provide a ground control survey to support the third phase of the Ohio 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) in the United States. This phase will cover approximately 13,000 square miles in the southwestern part of the state, including Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton.
This Quality Level 1 lidar data collection contract was awarded by the US Geological Survey as part of its Geospatial Product and Service Contract 3 and directly supports 3DEP. The Ohio 3DEP contract is administered by the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program, an office of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, with financial support from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Agency of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Lidar data will be made public and available for use by agencies, governments and individuals statewide.
The advantages of high resolution lidar
Woolpert geospatial project manager Jennifer Sturges said the company is collecting Lidar QL1 data for this contract because local governments and state agencies have found greater value in high-resolution lidar data. She said better data yields huge benefits and delivers continued returns on investment.
“By improving the quality of the data collected, more functionality can be extracted, which supports more detailed analysis and modeling and more precise products,” Sturges said. “Better data can also contribute to the future use of this information through artificial intelligence and machine learning.”
Woolpert also collected Lidar data and images as part of the three phases of the Ohio State Imaging Program and actively engaged with state agencies to develop use cases and applications for this data. Woolpert Vice President Brian Stevens said that due to the density of data points and USGS surveillance, the data collected will be published on The National Map. The National Map is a collaborative effort between the USGS and other federal, state, and local partners to improve and provide topographic information across the country for purposes ranging from recreation to scientific analysis to response interventions. ’emergency.
“The USGS performs a comprehensive QA / QC review of the data collected, which benefits both them and the state, making it a win-win solution,” Stevens said. “This contract is also a victory for Woolpert, both personally and professionally. We were founded in Dayton 110 years ago and conducted the first statewide Lidar data collection in 2006. Ohio has been progressive in its use of data and GIS, helping to do so. advancing multiple technologies and encouraging agencies to collaborate and work better together. It is our home and we are honored to support it.
Lidar data for this contract will be acquired this winter and will be delivered in summer 2022.