IndianaMap Orthophotography Archived Minutes

February 21, 2013

The committee has generated its strategic plan for 2013 (www.igic.org/committees/2013committeeplans.pdf).

August 16, 2012

A joint Ortho & LiDAR Workgroup meeting was held on July 31, 2012. Jim Sparks and Brad Fugate updated the group on the progress of 2012 ortho and LiDAR efforts. Jim Sparks discussed 2 progress maps below; one on ortho production, the other on hydro-flattening DEM production:

Jim reported that all 2012 Floyd Co. files [2012 Pilot Area] are finished except for final file integrity checks. Noble and Whitley will be finished in a week. 14 others will be posted for QC in the next few weeks; with all data posted by the end of the year. The exception is part of Block 7. Some of the LiDAR was not flown in 2012 (due to leaf-out). Orthos in those areas will be adjusted to 2005 DEMs.

Phil Worrall talked about how the OpenTopography (OT) program at the University of California San Diego will host our LiDAR and DEMs. There is a one-time fee to load and host the data. A beta-version of the Indiana frontpage has been developed and ready for testing.

OT has reprojected all Indiana data to WGS84 with the vertical units in meters. Their system allows the user to define an output projection (SPE/SPW or UTM Zone 16 Meters). Tools include zoom to map, and auto set bounding box; it estimates the number of points in the selection. Output can include specific classified points or all points, and a user can specify DEM, grid resolution, visualization (light source) & output format. It was noticed by the group that the example was NAD27. Members were asked to test the site.

Jim Sparks outlined some of the thinking about the 2014-2016 ortho program. The plan is to conduct several roadshows across the state. First steps will be several meetings with GIS professionals to gain a feel for needs, added value products, costs, and partners. Then the plan is for roadshows directed at policy makers and funders. There will be a session to talk about the next 3-year ortho cycle at the upcoming “Local GIS Coordinators Forum” (September 20 at the Hamilton Co. 4H Fairgrounds in Noblesville).

Phil Worrall and Dave Nail discussed the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment sponsored by USGS (and written by Dave Maune at Dewberry) and the National Enhanced Elevation Program. Think of this program like “Elevation for the Nation”, where the continental US will get LiDAR sufficient for creating 1-foot contours (0.7-meter post spacing). The whole report and summary fact sheets are available on line. The 3DEP (3D Elevation Program) is similar to NAIP, with options and derivative products. Cost for the program is $140-million per year (11 federal agencies paying $10-million/year each, and the rest from States). USGS is in process of selling the program to the other agencies. Phil Worrall participates in the monthly calls of the National Digital Elevation Committee, and noted that all players on the committee support the program. He displayed a letter of support from NSGIC. The NDEP document of “Guidelines for Digital Elevation” (first written in 2004) has been recently updated by NDEP and ASPRS (in 2011) and submitted for review. The 3DEP plan is for a reflight cycle every 8 years. The hope is to start in the FY2013 budget year.

National Enhanced Elevation Assessment – At a Glance
Full NEEA study results
3D Elevation Program – Summary of Program Direction
NDEP webpage with download of the “Guidelines for Digital Elevation”

June 21, 2012

Processing for the 2012 orthos, LiDAR and DEM are underway. Floyd County is serving as a pilot for the 2012 production, QA/QC and final product deliveries. This pilot is nearing successful completion. Review by the State (for QC) of the first block of imagery and elevation data is in progress, with final deliveries to the counties anticipated to start in the fall.

 

April 19, 2012

The cost for the first 3 years of the orthophotography program is about $4.6 million. The primary funder is the Lt. Governor’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Other funders include the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Transportation, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, US Geological Survey and Natural Resources Conservation Service. A program website can be found at: www.indianaimagery.com. Program descriptions and buy-up pricing information can also be found there.

The State delivered all of the orthophotography and is now completing delivery of the new elevation data to the counties,the Spatial Data Portal and the IndianaMap. IGIC delivered the LiDAR and DEM data to the Open Topography Program and San Diego State University.

As of the end of March, the State’s aerial vendor had finished collecting photos for the 34 counties in the eastern 1/3 of the state. This year, there were ten 6-inch buy-up counties. The vendor has finished collection of LiDAR for about 2/3 of the eastern counties. That effort will halt now due to the early Spring leaf-out, and resume in the Fall.

The Workgroup sent in observations and comments about the program, which were compiled into a review document. On March 26, 2012, a sub-committee met with the vendor to review the program, and constructively discuss opportunities to improve processes and the schedule for 2012.

Three information and promotional tours for 2013 counties were conducted in April in Princeton, Portage and Terre Haute.

Acquisition Progress as of March 23, 2012:

LiDAR
4 County Priority Collect – 100 % Acquired and Accepted
Block 5 – 100% Acquired and Accepted
Block 6 – 52% Acquired and 50% Accepted
Block 7 – 26% Acquired and 25% Accepted
Block 8 – 100% Acquired, 99% Accepted
Hamilton Co. 1.5 meter – 100% Acquired and Accepted
Dearborn Co. 1-meter ‘buy-up’ – 100% Acquired and Accepted
Floyd Co. 1-meter ‘buy-up’ – 100% Acquired and Accepted

Imagery
Block 5 – 100% Acquired
Block 6 – 100% Acquired and Accepted
Block 7 – 100% Acquired and Accepted
Block 8 – 100% Acquired and Accepted
Allen Co. 6-inch ‘buy-up’ – 100% Acquired, 97% Accepted
Dearborn Co. 6-inch ‘buy-up’ – 100% Acquired and Accepted
DeKalb Co. 6-inch ‘buy-up’ – 100% Acquired and Accepted
Floyd Co. 6-inch ‘buy-up’ – 100% Acquired and Accepted
Hamilton Co. 6-inch ‘buy-up’ – 100% Acquired and Accepted
Madison Co. 6-inch ‘buy-up’ – 100% Acquired and Accepted
Noble Co. 6-inch ‘buy-up’ – 100% Acquired and Accepted
Shelby Co. 6-inch ‘buy-up’ – 100% Acquired and Accepted
Whitley Co. 6-inch ‘buy-up’ – 100% Acquired and Accepted

 

February 16, 2012

We are pleased that the Orthophotography Workgroup will continue to serve in 2012-2013 in an advisory role for the Statewide Orthophotography-LiDAR Program.

 

December 8, 2011

The Workgroup did not formally meet during this period, but members are actively involved in the Statewide Orthophotography Project.

 

October 20, 2011

The Workgroup did not formally meet during this period, but members are actively involved in the Statewide Orthophotography Project.

April 28, 2011

A subgroup of the Orthophotography Workgroup is working with the State GIO and Woolpert on the 2011 Ortho and LiDAR program. Product Deliverables are:

  • 4-band orthophotos (GeoTIFF & ECW) for all center column Counties (except Hamilton County scheduled for 2012). Base product is 12-inch pixel, with 6-inch buy-ups for six Counties.
  • Base product 1.5-meter post spacing LiDAR Point-Cloud classified data, with 1.0-meter buy-up for One County. (Capture Exception – Hamilton County and counties with existing new LiDAR).
  • 5-foot pixel Hydro-enforced DEM (ERDAS Imagine IMG) Tiles.

Product deliverables will be scheduled to start this summer. Each county will receive a portable disk with the photos. The data will also be posted to the IndianaMap for viewing and ISDP for download.

The cost for the first 3 years of the orthophotography program is about $4.6 million. The primary funder is the Lt. Governor‟s Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Other funders include IDHS, INDOT, NGA, NTIA, USGS and NRCS.

All of the initial photo capture is complete (the first flight was March 19, the last was April 19 – it was a difficult flying season). A few areas need reflights due to cloud cover or hardware issues. This year, the 6-inch counties are Marion, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Kosciusko, Bartholomew and Harrison. Note, Hamilton is getting a 6-inch product this year using their own aerial photo vender; the State will capture new photos in Hamilton next year. Ortho delivery is anticipated to run from July through September.

The LiDAR has been collected (the first flight was March 13, the last was April 19). Boone County opted to buy-up to 1-meter LiDAR. DEMs should be delivered in October. The State is not collecting new LiDAR for communities who already had a project within the last 3 years.

A program website is under construction at: www.indianaimagery.com We anticipate that production progress can be viewed online shortly.

February 28, 2011

A subgroup of the Orthophotography Workgroup met several times early in 2010 to develop a Request for Proposal for an ongoing, statewide orthophoto program. The goal is to collect new photos for all of Indiana, 1/3 of the state per year. This 44 page RFP (RFP-10-89) was released by the State Procurement Division (through the State GIO) on May 14, 2010. It asked vendors to propose on an 18-inch pixel base product of natural color orthophotos, with buy-up options for 12-inch, 6-inch and 3-inch pixels. Vendors were also asked to bid on LiDAR and were allowed to include ancillary products (CIR, contours, ECW compression, web hosting, etc.).

The workgroup provided answers to vendor questions. On June 9th, the State received proposals from 8 vendor teams. The subgroup read all proposals (some were 600 pages long), and carefully evaluated each with a quantitative scoring system based on qualifications, technical approach, and adherence to State purchasing requirements.

The workgroup invited the top 2 vendors (Woolpert and Sanborn) to make short-list presentations which were held on July 30th and August 6th, respectively.

On August 18th, the State requested Best and Final Offer proposals from the 2 vendors, which were provided and evaluated. On September 1st, the review committee recommended to the State that Woolpert was our choice as the vendor.

The State asked for clarification on our process, which was provided by the GIO with help from the review team.

On December 15, 2010, the State Procurement Division announced that they were cancelling RFP-10-89, due to issues encountered during the evaluation of the proposals; and that they would pursue a contract with Woolpert.

A couple members of the Workgroup met with Woolpert and the GIO to develop a technical scope of work for the contract, to define task orders and establish pricing. Contract specifications are:

  • 12-inch RGB orthophotos (GeoTIFF), with 6-inch and 3-inch buy-ups
  • CIR near-infrared orthos
  • LiDAR (1.5-meter post spacing) for all of Indiana (except the few counties with new LiDAR)
  • 5-foot pixel DEM (ERDAS Imagine IMG)
  • Marketing and Promotion of the Orthophotography Program

A contract was sent to Woolpert, signed on February 7th, and returned to the State for signature. As of February 20th, the contract is working its way through the State signature process. We anticipate the flight missions to begin in March, 2011, with product deliverables starting in the Summer 2011.

December 3, 2010

This committee did not formally meet during this period but actively providing support to the GIO for the Statewide Ortho program.

October 21, 2010

In May, the Committee released a Request for Proposal for an on-going statewide aerial photography program. The goal is to acquire photos for 1/3 of the State per year in an ongoing rotation starting 2011. Vendors were asked to provide price quotes for leaf-off color orthos at 18-inch (base), 12-inch, 6-inch and 3-inch pixel resolution. Local communities can buy-up from the base product. Vendors were also asked for quotes for ECWs, DEMs, LiDAR & CIR. Vendors were allowed to provide quotes on extras, e.g., planimetrics, feature extraction, breaklines, contours, spot elevations, true orthos, oblique photos, or stereo photos. On June 9, eight vendor teams submitted proposals. Two vendors made shortlist presentations, and both submitted a “Best and Final Offer” price to the State. The Committee made its vendor recommendation to the Indiana Department of Administration on September 1st. The State will contact the vendor to begin contract negotiations. It is our hope to have a vendor in-place by the end of November.

August 19, 2010

On June 9th, eight vendor teams submitted proposals in response to the Request-For-Proposal for a statewide orthophotography program. Two vendors were scheduled for shortlist presentations. The Committee hopes to make a decision by the end of August, and have a vendor under contract this fall.

June 17, 2010

A Request-For-Proposal for a statewide orthophotography program was released to the public on May 14th. Many thanks to members, who wrote, edited and reviewed multiple drafts of the RFP. The goal is to acquire photos for 1/3 of Indiana per year in an ongoing rotation starting in 2011. Vendors were asked to provide price quotes for leaf-off color orthos at 18-inch (base), 12-inch, 6-inch and 3-inch pixel resolution. Local cities and counties will be able “buy-up” from the base product. Vendors were also asked for quotes for ECWs, DEMs, LiDAR & CIR; and were encouraged to provide quotes on extras, e.g., planimetrics, feature extraction, breaklines, contours, spot elevations, true orthos, oblique photos, stereo photos, etc. We received 23 questions from 7 vendors on May 20th; answers were posted on May 26th. Eight proposals were received by the June 9th deadline. A subcommittee is now reviewing these proposals. It is the intent to have a contract in place by late summer. The RFP can be found at www.in.gov/idoa/proc/bids/rfp-10-89/.

April 15, 2010

A subgroup continued its work to develop a request for proposal for a statewide orthophotography program. A draft RFP is finished and being reviewed by the State.

February 22, 2010

The Orthophotography Workgroup met on January 28th to discuss opportunities for 2010 and 2011 photography. The State GIO, IGIC Executive Director, and other Workgroup members continue to research funding, prices and alternative products (satellite, national web-map providers, etc.). A two-page brochure was written to describe the statewide ortho program benefits and costs. A one-page version of “The IndianaMap Needs You” article was written to describe funding needs and potential sources. Both of these brochures are designed for the Indiana legislature and other decision-makers.

Work continues on the draft RFP, with an anticipated final review by the Committee near the end of February, and completion in March. The goal of the RFP will be to have a repeating three-year cycle flying a vertical pattern. Some of the funds have been identified. The plan is to have 18 inch resolution with an opportunity to cost share with counties that are already planning orthos and possibly discount their expense and the counties could upgrade to 12 or 6 inch resolution. The plan is to have a spring 2011 start date.

December 3, 2009

A two-page brochure was written to describe the statewide ortho program benefits and costs. A one-page version of “The IndianaMap Needs You” article was written to describe funding needs and potential sources. Both of these brochures are designed for the Indiana legislature and other decision-makers.

October 15, 2009

The Orthophotography Workgroup met on September 11th to discuss our opportunities for 2010 photography and how to proceed with the request for proposal (RFP). The RFP has been outlined, and work continues on the draft. A 2-page brochure, designed for the Indiana legislature, has been written to describe the statewide ortho program benefits and costs. The State GIO, IGIC Executive Director, and other workgroup members have been researching funding, prices and alternative products (satellite, national webmap providers, etc).

August 20, 2009

The Workgroup did not meet this period. We will be scheduling a meeting for early September.

April 16, 2009

The Workgroup has been drafting a detailed plan for an ongoing program to collect elevation and aerial photography. The document is now in a form which could be quickly modified to become a Request-for-Proposal, with deliverables to include a one-time LiDAR/DEM project for the whole state, and a 3-year cycle of 1-foot color orthophotography with opportunity for buy-ups to 6-inch pixels.

February 16, 2009

In anticipation of a request by the State Administration or Legislature, the Workgroup decided to produce a detailed plan for an ongoing program to collect elevation and aerial photography. Research included study of other states’ efforts, Imagery for the Nation, FGDC plans, Elevation for the Nation, and a collection of historic costs for elevation and aerial photography projects in Indiana. A draft of the document was released to the Workgroup in August, and the excellent comments and recommendations were added.

The document is now in a form which could be quickly modified to become a Request-for-Proposal, with deliverables to include a one-time LiDAR/DEM project for the whole state, and a 3-year cycle of 1-foot color orthophotography with opportunity for buy-ups to 6-inch pixels.

October 16, 2008

No meeting is currently scheduled. Phil Worrall has taken ownership of the current document as a new -psw version and will make the changes discussed at the last meeting.

August 21, 2008

The orthophotography workgroup has met twice (May 16th and June 13th). The group determined that the goal should be 6-inch color photography for the whole state, and that a LiDAR project should be included in the program. A program plan has been drafted and is being reviewed by editors. A copy will be provided to the Workgroup for review within a couple of weeks. Budgetary figures for photography and LiDAR are being assembled from recent projects around the state, and these estimates will be included in the final program plan delivered to the IGIC Board.

June 19, 2008

The Orthophotography Workgroup met on May 16 to discuss a process for an ongoing statewide program for aerial photography. About 30 people attended and several people joined via conference call. The group consensus was that an ortho program was valuable, but there are many political and funding hurdles ahead. A subgroup is scheduled to meet June 13 to begin development of a program plan.

February 18, 2008

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has recently released the 2007 NAIP (National Agriculture Imagery Program) Indiana GeoTiffs. Nathan Eaton with the Indiana Geological Survey has ordered a copy of the images for $1,182. Like the 2006 NAIP dataset, the 2007 is missing 6 quarter-quads in Marion and Martin Counties. Indiana University will provide access to the individual geotiff images via the Indiana Spatial Data Portal. IU also will make them available as an ArcSDE layer and ArcIMS service. The resolution is two meters.

2005 Orthophotography Project

 

Documents

Status of Indiana Orthophotography before
DOQQS Statistics
Map Products documentation
Request for Proposal for acquisition of aerial imagery
Request for Proposal for quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) services
Committee Members

Letters of Support

Association of Indiana Counties
Elkhart County
Hamilton County
Hammond Sanitary District
Indianapolis Mapping and Geographic Infrastructure System
Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors
Wayne County

 

Minutes

July 7, 2004
June 21, 2004
June 6, 2004
May 17, 2004
May 3, 2004
September 2, 2002

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