Maps and the Internet

National Mapping On Demand

4101.3 - Current and Future USGS 3DEP Elevation Services

Tuesday, July 4
9:10 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Delaware A

The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) is working to improve user access to 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) products by developing and implementing a range of geospatial web services. Current USGS elevation-related web services consist of web map services (WMS), web feature services (WFS), elevation point query, and prototype web coverage services (WCS) and viewers. Serving lidar data via web services presents challenges in data management, and the unique characteristics of elevation data require thoughtful design of services to address common user needs. Advances in commercial off-the-shelf software (COTS), open source software (OSS) and migration of 3DEP products and services to the Amazon cloud environment provide opportunities to explore new ways to address these challenges. NGTOC has been researching and testing methods to provide direct access to elevation data, and is developing prototype elevation web services and lidar point cloud visualization capabilities. This presentation will present current cloud development activities, demonstrate USGS elevation-related web services and prototypes, and outline the plans for future web services, lidar visualization capabilities, and cloud distribution of lidar point cloud data.

Barry Y. Miller

Elevation Applied Researcher

Barry Miller, GISP, is an elevation applied researcher in the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center. Previously he worked as a geospatial analyst and instructor for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He holds two Master of Science degrees in GIS from Penn State University and Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from West Point. He has been recognized with military honors for his forward deployed geospatial support to operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan, and Liberia. Barry lives in Colorado with his wife and three year old son.


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Calvin L. Meyer

U.S. Geological Survey

Calvin Meyer joined the U.S. Geological Survey as a cartographer in the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center at Rolla, Missouri in 1984. Calvin has over 32 years of mapping applications experience. He began support of The National Map services in 2009 with cartographic review of base maps. His current role is to provide delivery and service desk support for The National Map users, where he answers questions and resolve problems. He also serves as chairperson of a Cartographic Governance Board, which defines and enforces rules for cartographic representation within The National Map services and US Topo products.


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