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EarthData has began work on a multi-year mapping project for Richland County, South Carolina Richland County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The 2000 U.S. census recorded its population to be 320,677. In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that its population had reached 348,226. . Using its state-of-the-art direct-to-digital imaging process, EarthData will produce high-resolution (1-foot pixel) color and near-infrared digital orthophotography for the entire 756-square-mile county by summer 2006. A second countywide update will be delivered in the spring of 2008.

The all-digital project approach supports Richland County's GIS Implementation Plan, which calls to transition the county from conventional film-based mapping projects undertaken once a decade to digital imaging projects that take place every other year. "Moving aerial mapping from capital investment to operational budgets is a necessary institutional change for local governments as land development and growth outpace previous practices related to air photo collection," explained Dr. Patrick Bresnahan, Richland County Richland County is the name of several counties in the United States:
  • Richland County, Illinois
  • Richland County, Montana
  • Richland County, North Dakota
  • Richland County, Ohio
  • Richland County, South Carolina
  • Richland County, Wisconsin

 Geographic Information Officer.

EarthData CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  Anne Hale Miglarese, a South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures

Area, 31,055 sq mi (80,432 sq km). Pop. (2000) 4,012,012, a 15.
 native and former employee of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is a South Carolina state agency charged with regulating hunting, fishing, boating, duck stamp orders, state parks and the conservation efforts of the South Carolina state government. , praised Richland County for its leadership in adopting the all-digital approach. "We are proud to be working with one of the most progressive counties in the state," she said, noting its standing as the first South Carolina county to have employed lidar and other digital remote sensing Deriving digital models of an area on the earth. Using special cameras from airplanes or satellites, either the sun's reflections or the earth's temperature is turned into digital maps of the area.  technologies. "The use of direct-to-digital imaging for countywide mapping will enable Richland County to receive high-quality products in record time and at lower prices than possible with conventional methods."

As one of the fastest-growing economies in the region, Richland County will use the natural-color products to update its key infrastructure, such as roads and buildings, and to support planning, emergency response, and public works public works
Construction projects, such as highways or dams, financed by public funds and constructed by a government for the benefit or use of the general public.

Noun 1.
. The near-infrared products will be used for land-use change detection and natural resource management activities, among others.

Two additional stakeholders in the project include McEntire Air National Guard Base and the US Army Installation at Fort Jackson Fort Jackson can refer to several places or things:
  • Fort Jackson (South Carolina), a modern U.S. Army post
  • Fort Jackson (Louisiana), an American Civil War-era fort
  • Fort Jackson (Alabama), also called Fort Toulouse, a War of 1812 fort
. Their contribution reinforces Dr. Bresnahan's belief that this project is a model for future county mapping procurements. "We assessed our needs, built consensus among multiple agencies, and selected a contractor based on quality performance and experience. And, the use of the digital imaging approach truly represents the use of technology to get mapping products faster and more efficiently than ever before possible, without sacrificing quality."

Once completed, project data will be made available to the general public through the county's online GIS center at

The Richland County project, together with other projects in South Carolina, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee, expands EarthData's presence in the southeast United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. .

About EarthData

EarthData is an airborne data collection, mapping, and GIS services organization that provides clients with customized products, services, and GIS applications to support a wide range of land-use, resource management, and engineering activities. With its fleet of aircraft, the organization collects aerial photography, uses an airborne laser system (lidar) and imaging radar (GeoSAR) to produce 3D terrain models, and develops or deploys other remote sensing technologies to detect thermal and multispectral information about the earth's surface. EarthData offices in Florida, Maryland, New York Maryland is a town in Otsego County, New York, United States. The population was 1,920 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Maryland is on the county's south border, and was named for the U.S. state of the same name.
, North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures

Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop.
, and Washington, DC, use this data to create and supply photogrammetric, lidar, radar, and digital orthophoto mapping and GIS applications and services. EarthData also owns the midwest mapping and GIS company Horizons, Inc., with offices in South Dakota and Minnesota.

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