ASI to Acquire QL2+ LiDAR for USGS

ASI to Acquire QL2+ LiDAR for USGS
March 24, 2021 Ryan Kibsgaard

Southern Illinois – Aerial Services, Inc. (ASI) has been awarded a contract to map over 9,000 square miles in central and southern Illinois through ASI’s Geospatial Product and Service Contract (GPSC) with the US Geological Survey (USGS). The QL2+ lidar data will be processed by Aerial Services to provide USGS, its partner the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and regional stakeholders with updated topographic mapping. The project area spans across Bond, Calhoun, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jackson, Jefferson, Jersey, Macon, Marion, Moultrie, Perry, Richland, Shelby, Vermilion, and Washington counties.

“When this project is completed, ASI will have provided USGS with over 60,000 square miles of mapping since 2017,” said ASI Program Manager Chris Wasicek. “We’re excited to once again be providing data for the important 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), which serves high quality, high accuracy mapping data to both government end users and the public at large.”

USGS’s 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) was developed to respond to growing demand for high quality topographic data and as well as a range of other 3D representations.  The primary goal of 3DEP is to systematically collect enhanced elevation data over the United States, Hawaii, and the US territories. ASI has provided 3DEP services as a prime contractor since 2017 and looks forward to continuing to serve the agency through this important work.

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