3D Elevation Program—Federal Best Practices

Fact Sheet 2020-3062
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The goal of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is to complete nationwide data acquisition in 8 years, by 2023, to provide the first-ever national baseline of consistent high-resolution three-dimensional data—including bare earth elevations and three-dimensional point clouds—collected in a timeframe of less than a decade. Successful implementation of 3DEP depends on partnerships and the development and adoption of a unified Federal approach to acquiring data. The purpose of this document is to outline several best practices to aid the Federal 3DEP community in reaching a higher level of coordinated implementation, maximize Federal data investments, and reduce the number of years it will take to complete national coverage. The best practices are provided to Federal agencies as a checklist to assess the level of their participation and to inspire further adoption of Federal enterprise practices that will advance joint 3DEP coverage goals for the benefit of their missions and the Nation as a whole. It is anticipated that additional best practices will be defined and added as the effort matures.

Suggested Citation

Lukas, V., and Baez, V., 2021, 3D Elevation Program—Federal best practices: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3062, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203062.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Purpose
  • Background
  • Reference Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title 3D Elevation Program—Federal best practices
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2020-3062
DOI 10.3133/fs20203062
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) National Geospatial Program
Description 2 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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