Intermap Technologies, announced that it has received a contract from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for Intermap’s NEXTMap USA data. Under the contract, Intermap will provide NRCS and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) with NEXTMap USA imagery and elevation data for regions in several states. This data will be available under the NEXTMap USA program over the next 12 months. This is the first phase of a four-year planned acquisition program, which will include the purchase of NEXTMap data for the entire continental United States at a price of US$10 million pending availability of funding. This initial purchase is valued at US$ 826,514.
This is the third U.S. Federal Government agency that is planning to purchase all or a substantial portion of NEXTMap USA data for the continental United States. The accuracy and detail provided by our NEXTMap USA topographic data will allow USDA to support their soil science program as well as support other USDA applications. The states of California, Florida and Mississippi are now complete.
Data has also been acquired in Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia,
Louisiana, Arizona and Michigan.
NRCS will use the NEXTMap data in its GIS systems nationwide. Most business
conducted by NRCS is on the land and better digital elevation data combined
with digital orthoimagery will provide NRCS resource conservationists and
soil scientists a realistic 3D view of the landscape. Initially, the data will be used to improve the vertical and horizontal accuracy of digital orthoimagery produced under FSA’s National Agriculture Imagery Program and to more fully automate NRCS soil survey mapping without the need for hard copy stereo photos.