Arkansas Mapping Project Finished

A Colorado Springs,  Colorado firm has completed a high-resolution imagery mapping of the entire state of Arkansas. The Sanborn Map Company Inc. collected more than 50,000 aerial images at 12-inch and 6-inch resolutions covering more than 60,000 square miles. The initial collection was completed within a total of four weeks.

The Statewide Orthoimagery Program fulfills the requirement for the Arkansas GIS Office to update and maintain the Arkansas statewide imagery base map.


“The early access and expedited imagery delivery was a major benefit for the State’s Geographic Information System base map,” says Shelby D. Johnson, Geographic Information Officer from the Arkansas GIS Office. “We were able to provide imagery data quicker than previous projects while dramatically improving the resolution and quality of the imagery for many areas. The new data provides significant value to our constituents. Our ability to quickly disseminate this data to many of our rural 9-1-1 centers in the State will enable them to put it to use for public safety faster. It’s a springboard for them on the steps toward next-generation 9-1-1 capability.”

The project culminated in a meeting on October 3-6, 2017, with officials from the Arkansas GIS Office and representatives from Sanborn meeting at the Arkansas GIS User Forum in Eureka Springs, Ark., where Sanborn presented a complete overview of the project to both stakeholders and end-users. At the meeting, the project team worked with State and county agencies to provide detailed information as to the products and distribution.

Sanborn uses a fleet of aircraft located strategically across the U.S. to carry out the mapping projects. It specializes in what is known as oblique aerial imagery, aerial and mobile LiDAR mapping, aerial orthophotograhy, 3D modeling and visualization software and services.


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