US: GeoCue Group, in partnership with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and with support from the Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS) is providing free access to pre-event LiDAR and imagery data in the areas impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The available data include:
- LiDAR data in both American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) LAS format as well as compressed LAZ format
- 50 cm orthophotography in USGS quarter quad format for the Harris County, Texas area
- US Department of Agriculture National Aerial Imagery Program (NAIP) for all areas
- Landsat 8 data for all areas
The data are provisioned on GeoCue Group’s Earth Sensor Platform (ESP), hosted in Amazon Web Services, and are available at GetLiDAR.com. ESP is a joint project developed by GeoCue Group and Teledyne Technologies, originally in support of Teledyne’s Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES), a remote sensing host platform located on the International Space Station.
A series of webinars will be conducted to provide users with a jump start on using ESP to access these data. The first session will be conducted on September 21 at 10:00 AM CDT. Users can register at www.GeoCue.com/ESPWebinar. Additional sessions will be scheduled. The schedule can be accessed at www.GeoCue.com/Events.
David Glenn, Director of Enterprise Solutions at GeoCue commented, “We are honored to work with the USGS to make this vital geospatial data available at no cost to the myriad of companies and individuals who will be involved in the recovery work. My team has put in some long hours to get our nascent ESP system loaded with data and ready to scale out to meet an anticipated high user demand. I want to thank the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center and TNRIS for all of the assistance they have provided in getting these data ready for delivery.”
About GeoCue Group
GeoCue Group was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers with extensive experience in developing hardware and software solutions for primary remote-sensed data acquisition. Our initial products were aimed at reducing schedule and cost risk in geospatial production workflows by providing organizational, productivity and data management tools for base geospatial data production. These tools have been realized as the GeoCue product family. Today GeoCue workflow management tools are used by a majority of North American geospatial production shops.
In 2005, GeoCue began selling and supporting Terrasolid tools for kinematic LiDAR data production. This was followed in 2009 by our acquisition of QCoherent Software LLC, the creator of the point cloud exploitation toolset, LP360. Today GeoCue is the largest supplier of kinematic LiDAR processing tools in North America and LP360 is the world’s most widely used tool for exploiting point cloud data in an ArcGIS environment.
In 2014, GeoCue Group founded AirGon, a division focused on using small Unmanned Aerial Systems for high accuracy mapping. Leveraging our expertise in production risk reduction and point cloud processing tools, we are bringing services and products to market that provide surveyors and other geomatics professionals exciting new tools for geospatial data extraction using low cost drones. To learn more, visit www.geocue.com.