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Bellevue, Wash., Firm to Make Digital Maps for USGS
Released: 4/11/1997

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Reston, VA 20192
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Phone: 703-648-4460

As part of a continuing expanded partnership with private industry, the U.S. Geological Survey has contracted with NIES Mapping Group, Inc., of Bellevue, Wash., to produce digital orthophoto quadrangles.

The contract with NIES, signed April 10 in Menlo Park, Calif., is the fifth in a series that will be awarded this year. "The contract with NIES and the other mapping contractors will greatly assist the USGS in our goal of building partnerships with the private sector to help meet the mapping data needs of the nation," said Kathy Clement, the USGS senior program advisor for data production and integration.

Digital orthophoto quads, or DOQs, are digital images of aerial photography that combine the image characteristics of a photograph with the geometric qualities of a map. Planners and engineers are users of DOQs; their applications include updating changes in land use, transportation and utility corridors. Uses by government agencies include analysis of vegetation patterns and timber management, wildlife habitat, flood plains, and soil erosion.

DOQs are available in computer readable format from USGS EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. A DOQ User’s Guide and Fact Sheet are available from the USGS Earth Science Information Center at 1-800-ASK-USGS.

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