Who We Are

The History of CompassData

CompassData, Inc. was founded by W. Brant and Margaret J. Howard in Centennial, Colorado, in 1994 as part of the CompassCom family of companies and incorporated separately in November 2003 as a woman-owned small business. CompassData specializes in collecting high-quality, spatially-accurate data for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, photogrammetry and remotely sensed data. CompassData uses the latest in Global Positioning System (GNSS) technology combined with years of field experience and a proven system to ensure the accuracy and currency of our data.

CompassData has collected over 36,000 GCPs across six of the seven continents on the globe. We don’t have Antarctica… yet. We provide verification services and software for geospatial projects across the globe. Our Team’s unique experience enables us to provide consulting services on survey and geodesy to ensure our clients projects exceed the growing demand for globally accurate data.   

CompassData has worked with geospatial professionals in many industries, including: leading providers of aerial and satellite imagery, environmental firms; public safety and law enforcement agencies; public utility (gas & electric) companies; local, state, and federal government agencies; imagery providers, airport/aviation agencies, telecommunication companies, transportation organizations, natural resource firms, the Department of Defense, and golf course construction companies.

CompassData is making great strides in the aviation GIS community by providing accurate data such as GCPs, Digital Elevation Models, Obstruction Databases, and digital ortho photos used for airport plannimetric mapping. On April 1, 2014 CompassData was the recipient of a “letter of approval” from the FAA to produce data services which comply with DO-200A guidelines for the aviation mapping community.  In the history of digital aviation GIS mapping, the FAA has granted only six LOAs to three companies in the Denver region (Colorado, eastern Montana, Utah, and Wyoming), and only 24 LOAs globally.  CompassData was awarded the letter by meeting standards developed by the FAA to assure the quality of data used in the preparation of aeronautical mapping, navigation, and situational awareness products and systems.

CompassData has standardized, tested and market-tested processes for collection, analysis and delivery of timely, concise, and user-friendly reports. Worldwide relationships with business partners allow CompassData to affordably collect and process geodetic control points more accurately than any other company in the market today. CompassData and its committed team members have built strong, longstanding relationships with world-class imagery corporations including DigitalGlobe, Microsoft, Bing, Google, Airbus Defense and Space, Quantum Geospatial, Planet Labs, KARI, Fugro, Harris, MDA, Sanborn, and Esri, to name just a few.

CompassData is an Esri Silver Business Partner to support utilization of enhanced remote sensing data on the ArcGIS Platform.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to map the world. CompassData delivers value to our clients, shareholders, employees and business partners by providing accurate geospatial data and field data collection services accurately, on time, with standardized deliverables. We utilize the best available technology to map the world providing geospatial data to our clients in support of their geospatial products and projects. Our focus is to build partnerships with our clients, providing a value that will exceed their expectations.

Watch this video to find out why CompassData was created to provide consistent Ground Control Points, evolving from a project to a product based solution.
Survey Services
The CompassData archive is continuously updated; in fact in 2011 alone we added more than two thousand new GCPs to our archive, in North America, Europe and Eurasia.
Our mission is to map the world – we take that seriously!