Intermap Technologies, a worldwide 3D digital mapping and geospatial solutions company, today announced its NEXTMap USA IFSAR-derived digital elevation dataset is a potential source of data to satisfy the recently released FEMA guidelines for accuracy and density for low and medium risk specification levels withinwatersheds.NEXTMap USA data, which provides coverage for the contiguous United States and Hawaii, is available immediately and is less expensive than many higher-accuracy datasets on the market.
“This update to the FEMA guidelines is great news for Intermap and geographic planners across the country. With our cost-efficient NEXTMap® USA dataset being thoroughly compatible with, and complementary to, Lidar-derived data, planners have more options than ever before to broaden their elevation data coverage for updating risk maps,” said Rick Eagle, Intermap’s senior vice president of products. “For areas where Lidar data is limited, we offer a proprietary data fusion process that merges existing Lidar and other high quality topographic data with our IFSAR-generated data; thus, creating a seamless transition between the two datasets and providing tremendous value to state agencies and tax payers.”
NEXTMap USA’s high-resolution digital terrain model (DTM) is hydro-enforced, with elevation points removed from the tops of bridges, culverts, and other selected drainage structures – perfectly suited for many Risk MAP updates throughout the country. Additionally, the metadata within the NEXTMap USA DTM is fully compliant with Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) standards and is easily incorporated into FEMA’s Mapping Information Platform (MIP) via a simple documented process provided by Intermap. Furthermore, the Company’s production, quality assurance, and quality control processes are certified according to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 standards.
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Information on FEMA’s new guidelines contained in Procedure Memorandum No. 61 can be found by visiting: http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=4345