US: Intermap Technologies announced commercial availability of its NEXTMap USA countrywide digital mapping programme at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego. It is available via the company’s Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)-based cloud computing platform, TerrainOnDemand, and its worldwide network of distributors and strategic partners.
The NEXTMap USA dataset features digital surface models (DSMs) that include cultural features (such as vegetation, buildings, and roads), digital terrain models (DTMs) that display the bare earth (with cultural features digitally removed), orthorectified radar images (ORIs) corrected to remove normal geometric distortions (grayscale images that accentuate topographic features), elevation shaded images (ESIs) that are multi-spectral images (derived from NEXTMap data and high-resolution images) along with a variety of other geospatial products. NEXTMap USA joins Intermap’s NEXTMap Europe dataset for all of Western Europe (2.4 million square kilometres) and other regions already in the company’s extensive geospatial data library, totalling more than 12.5 million square kilometres of available data.
“NEXTMap USA is the only uniformly accurate high-resolution elevation map available that covers the 48 contiguous states and Hawaii,” said Brian Bullock, Intermap’s president and CEO. “NEXTMap USA also enables better business decisions by providing a cost-efficient solution that is ideally suited for any geospatial project requiring uniform and seamless elevation data across wide areas. The fact that our product is immediately available, accurate enough for a wide variety of geospatial projects, and can be easily integrated with existing NED or LiDAR data as project requirements dictate, provides tremendous value to government agencies and commercial enterprises worldwide.”
Data collected as part of the Company’s NEXTMap countrywide global mapping programmes enables a variety of geospatial applications and prototyping endeavours worldwide. Applications include, but are not limited to, route and site selection, cell tower placement, engineering planning, transportation safety and fuel efficiency, water resource management, insurance risk assessment, oil & gas planning and exploration and 3D visualisation.