Mapping Standards are Changing for the Better

New mapping standards have arrived, and we know the geospatial community will love the updates.

The ASPRS Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geospatial Data has officially replaced the ASPRS Accuracy Standards for Large-Scale Maps and the ASPRS Guidelines, Vertical Accuracy Reporting for Lidar Data.

These new guidelines reflect current technologies and fill a critical need for map users and makers, alike. By addressing recent innovations in digital imaging and non-imaging sensors, airborne GPS, inertial measurement units (IMU) and aerial triangulation (AT) technologies, these standards are more representative of the digital, unpublished nature of modern geospatial products.

The standards provide flexibility to so they will remain applicable to future technologies, and they provide cross references to older standards as well as detailed guidance for a wide range of potential applications.

To read a full summary of the standards, follow this link:

The standards modernization effort of the Subcommittee not only helps to ensure proper use and application of geospatial data, but also better enables geospatial professional to assess, report and document the accuracy of their work.

As a member of the ASPRS Accuracy Standards Subcommittee, Woolpert’s Qassim Abdullah has helped author the ASPRS Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geospatial Data. For his contributions, he was recently awarded Presidential Citation from ASPRS.

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