UGRC has awarded Quantum Spatial Inc. (QSI) and Digital Mapping Inc. (DMI) to acquire 3,182 square miles of LiDAR Elevation data. The LiDAR will be a combination of USGS Quality Level 1 (QL1), 8 ppsm and Quality Level 2 (QL2), 2 ppsm depending on the area. The acquisitions will be during leaf-off conditions with the exception of Monroe Mountain project that will be collected leaf-on. The Monroe Mountain acquisition has already started. The rest of the areas will be collected starting mid-October with the exception of the non-vegetated areas of the Great Salt Lake that will start in the coming weeks. The acquisitions and project deliverables are scheduled to be completed by May 31, 2017 (extended to Aug. 31, 2017).

Project area map The project areas include:

  • Great Salt Lake shoreline and wetlands
  • Utah Lake shoreline
  • Goshen Bay area of the Utah Lake Wetland Preserve
  • Bear River
  • Bear Lake Shoreline
  • Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge (southern Idaho)
  • Monroe Mountain
  • Cache Valley
  • Weber County Upper Valley
  • Tremonton City
  • areas of Washington County
  • Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge (southern Idaho)
  • FORGE area

The project deliverables include:

  • Raw Point Cloud
  • Classified Point Cloud (2 or 8 ppsm with 10cm vertical RMSE)
    • Ground
    • Water
    • Bridge
    • Unclassified
  • Bare-Earth Terrain Model (DTM) (0.5 or 1 meter cell size with 10cm vertical RMSE with Hydro-Flattening)
  • First Return Surface Model (DSM) (0.5 or 1 meter cell size with 10cm vertical RMSE)
  • Intensity Images (0.5 or 1 meter resolution GeoTIFFs)
  • Metadata

The project partners include:

  • U.S. Geological Survey National Map: 3D Elevation Program (3DEP)
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Utah Geological Survey
  • Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands
  • Utah Division of Emergency Management
  • Weber County
  • Logan City
  • Tremonton City
  • Brigham City
  • Idaho Department of Lands
  • Bear Lake Watch

Comments, questions, compliments, or concerns can be directed to Rick Kelson from UGRC at