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Jennifer Shaffer
Jennifer Shaffer
Product Manager, Advanced Elevation Series, DigitalGlobe, USA. Jennifer Shaffer currently serves as the Product Manager for DigitalGlobe’s elevation product offering, the Advanced Elevation Series. She joined DigitalGlobe in July of 2001 and has over 12 years’ experience in the … More »

High Accuracy Terrain Models Using Advanced Elevation Series

October 14th, 2013 by Jennifer Shaffer

Are you still using coarse resolution SRTM elevation data for your geospatial projects?  Are you struggling with coverage, quality problems, and data gaps? If so, it’s time to learn more about DigitalGlobe’s comprehensive elevation offering called the Advanced Elevation Series. With accuracy and resolution options to fit your project and budget, DigitalGlobe can provide the terrain data you need for accurate 3D mapping and analysis.

Many geospatial professionals often waste excessive time searching online for free elevation data that includes the coverage, accuracy and resolution qualities they seek. Then after squandering time on these datasets, they find the data to be inadequate or requiring significant editing to be usable.  Many geospatial professionals are unaware of what’s available commercially. Commercial data that is GIS-ready can save users time and effort and are dollars well-spent.  By eliminating data preparation work, users can focus on creating the maps and delivering the answers their organizations need.

Elevation data is a foundational component to mapping our world.  It is used, for instance, in floodplain mapping and hydrography studies, national mapping initiatives, and by energy and mining companies to explore remote parts of the world.  Elevation is at the heart of mapping, and users are demanding better accuracy, higher quality and more current data.

DigitalGlobe is helping geospatial professionals create accurate maps of the world by offering terrain data derived from stereoscopic satellite images with the Advanced Elevation Series, which features varying levels of accuracy and resolution.  This series of products offers CE90 accuracies at very competitive pricing.  For example, our Mapping Level product has an 8m accuracy specification and starts at just $15/square kilometer.  Additionally, satellite elevation models are available globally. There is no need to worry about flight permits or the safety of your personnel.  The product is ready to use – no need to clip out your areas of interest, re-project the data into your spatial reference system, or edit spikes, wells and voids. DigitalGlobe has already done all of this for you!

To learn more about the Advanced Elevation Series, register to attend DigitalGlobe’s webinar on  Tuesday, October 24 at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m.  MST or visit the Advanced Elevation Series product page.

We also encourage you to visit us at to learn about DigitalGlobe’s vision to be the indispensable source of information about our changing planet by 2020.

Sample of High Accuracy Terrain Model Using Advanced Elevation Series

Mount Everest (c) 2013 DigitalGlobe, Inc. – Digital Terrain Model created using WorldView-1 stereo pairs

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