A collaborative effort between Photo Science of Lexington and NKAPC’s LINK-GIS department ended this week when GIS staff loaded new photographic data into the system. A year in the making, the new digital data will provide LINK-GIS users new aerial images and more accurate terrain information in addition to other updated features in Kenton and Campbell Counties.
The aerial photography on the LINK-GIS website is now 2007. Aside from being available online, the data is provided to customers on maps and other GIS products provided by NKAPC staff.
“This was a major update,” said Trisha Brush, GISP, NKAPC’s deputy director for GIS Administration. “We hadn’t updated our contours since 1999.”
Contours provide information on topography and the built environment. Minor updates are completed every three years while major updates are pursued every other cycle (every six years).
“One primary goal we’ll be able to accomplish with the new data is change analysis,” said Brush. “We can see how the landscape and built environment have changed and analyze the impacts.”
Another goal, according to Brush, was to obtain the most accurate data possible.
“We will be providing the new data to the state for homeland security planning and to the US Geological Survey as part of our Homeland Security grant agreement,” stated Brush. “We want those state and federal agencies that are responsible for the security and safety of our citizens to have the most up-to-date mapping data possible.”
To access these new features, contact NKAPC’s GIS department at 859.331.8980 or visit linkgis.org.