It wouldn’t be a geospatial conference program without USGS and 3DEP Updates on the schedule. Presenters from USGS will share the latest areas of research, program updates and advances to attendees in this foundational session. The speakers will provide an overview of the USGS vision for the development of topographic information, including elevation and hydrography data, as well as a progress report on the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP).
The Past, Present, and Future of the 3D Elevation Program
Kevin T Gallagher, USGS
Keynote Presentation 9:00 – 9:20 AM
The goal of 3DEP is to complete acquisition of nationwide lidar (IfSAR in AK) to provide the first-ever national baseline of consistent high-resolution topographic elevation data – as both bare earth DEMs and 3D point clouds. With 3DEP-quality data available or in progress for about 84 percent of the Nation as of the end of Fiscal Year 2021, we are looking towards our future vision for topographic mapping and science at the USGS. USGS is the 3D National Topography Model (3DNTM) as the terrestrial component of the 3D Nation vision that the USGS shares with NOAA. The 3DNTM includes developments of the next generation of the 3D Elevation Program and National Hydrography Datasets including inland bathymetry, hydrography derived from lidar, and connections to groundwater and engineered hydrologic systems.
National Elevation & Mapping Initiatives
Panelists include: Jason Stoker, USGS (Moderator), Brian Hadley, USGS
Panel Discussion 9:25 – 10:10 AM
Panelists from USGS will share the latest areas of research, program updates for the development of topographic information, including elevation and hydrography data, as well as how the pieces fit together on the 3D Elevation program (3DEP).
3DEP Implementation by the Private Sector
Panelists include: Jason Stoker, USGS (Moderator); Amar Nayeganghi, Dewberry; Michael Shillenn, NV5 Geospatial; Jeff Lovin, Woolpert
Panel Discussion 10:10 – 10:45 AM
Jason Stoker will again moderate the Panel Discussion, this time looking outside the US at approaches to national mapping initiatives in other countries, including approaches and technologies, scale and scope of work, database management and sharing, systems integration and more.