Colorado Springs Selects NCDC to Support Stormwater Enterprise Program

December 13, 2006 -- The City of Colorado Springs has chosen Native Communities Development Corporation’s (NCDC) Imaging & Mapping Division to deliver QuickBird satellite imagery in support of the city’s Stormwater Enterprise program.

The cost of the satellite imagery and post-processing will be less than $50,000 per year. However, by using the highly accurate and reliable data provided by NCDC, the Stormwater Enterprise program is expected to recapture this investment with increased annual revenues of $430,000 in the first year and $300,000 each year thereafter.

Funding critical to future stormwater drainage capital improvement projects in Colorado Springs will rely on impervious surfaces mapped from two imagery acquisitions a year to ensure that property owners are reliably billed using a new rate plan recently adopted by the Colorado Springs City Council. The fee structure accounts for drainage from impervious surface area, such as rooftops and parking areas.

NCDC was selected to provide the city-owned Stormwater Enterprise program with updated satellite images twice a year for up to five years. NCDC will also process the QuickBird satellite imagery, the highest resolution commercially available, so that any changes are accurately detected in the impervious areas of properties.

“Updating impervious area for the stormwater enterprise is essential to ensure that optimal revenue is generated for the more that $295 million in capital improvement projects in the city’s backlog”, said Don Parkison, GIS Analyst with the Colorado Springs Stormwater Department. “Among the geospatial vendors in Colorado, NCDC stands out by their attention to detail and level of knowledge concerning high resolution image processing. That is exactly what we wanted for this multi-year project.”

NCDC recently processed QuickBird imagery acquired during the spring of 2006 and a new fall acquisition has just completed successfully.  Colorado Springs anticipates that spring and fall QuickBird acquisitions will continue for up to five years with a spring six-inch resolution aircraft capture once every two to three years.

Parkison adds, “Updating impervious area for the stormwater enterprise is essential to ensure that optimal revenue is generated for the more than $295 million in capital improvement projects in the city’s backlog.  DigitalGlobe’s subscription program offers a cost-effective option for repeat flights, and QuickBird satellite imagery will provide the spatial resolution we require in between low altitude aerial acquisitions.”

In August 2006, the City of Colorado Springs contracted with AMEC Earth & Environmental in Lakewood, Colorado for impervious surface updates. The city will begin performing this task in-house in 2007.  With two imagery acquisitions available, NCDC plans to test change detection algorithms that will identify changes and help prioritize where impervious areas need to be updated.

Ian Hanou, NCDC Account Manager, said “We’re very pleased to support the City in maintaining information critical to the Stormwater Enterprise Program.  Our years of experience processing and analyzing QuickBird satellite imagery will ensure that the city receives the highest quality, orthorectified imagery throughout the life of this contract.”

About NCDC Imaging & Mapping:

A division of Native Communities Development Corporation, NCDC Imaging & Mapping provides satellite image mapping and change detection services to private entities, public utilities, local, state, federal, and tribal governments. An authorized DigitalGlobe reseller, NCDC specializes in the image processing and advanced analysis of QuickBird satellite imagery.

These solutions are targeted to a wide range of natural resource, environmental and emergency management applications, including: urban forestry management, wildfire risk assessment, mapping of pervious and impervious surfaces for water resource and stormwater management, identification of biomass energy sources, invasive species change detection and mitigation planning, and enhanced 911 mapping to improve emergency response services.

NCDC clients include: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, City & County of Denver, Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Sealaska Timber Corporation, Colorado Springs Utilities, Pueblo County (Colorado), Public Service Company of New Mexico, and the Navajo Nation. For more information, visit .

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