Stories and Sample Projects

CompassData Ground Control and Field Collection Services and The National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP)

The National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP), administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), is in the process of acquiring aerial imagery of America’s agricultural growing seasons, with the primary goal being to make digital ortho photography available to governmental agencies and the public.

Northwest GEO turns to CompassData again in 2011 to provide GCPs for the NAIP program.

“CompassData has supplied North West Geomatics with NAIP ground control for several years. Control locations selected by the CompassData field crews have always been excellent and well documented. We continue to be impressed with the quick turnaround and high accuracy of the control we receive from CompassData” -John Welter, VP North West Geomatics

CompassData’s field service Control Freak crew has supplied Ground Control Point collection for this program in 27 states, so far.

In 2009, with only a two-month turnaround, CompassData provided 354 Precision-2 (20cm X,Y,Z) new collect points, along with 40 points from our Archive for a NAIP contractor.

The “leaf-on” imagery provided through NAIP is used as a base layer for GIS programs across the USDA.