Orthophotography is aerial photography which has been geometrically corrected (“orthorectified”) so that it has a uniform scale and can be used for measuring just like a traditional map. Since 2001, NCTCOG's Research & Information Services (RIS) Department has facilitated the purchase of high-quality, color, digital aerial photography (orthos) for North Central Texas as a cost-sharing objective for local governments and other entities.
The major two technologies for aerial large format digital imaging are the frame imaging approach as implemented in the Microsoft-UltraCam and the Intergraph-DMC and the linear array technology (Pushbroom) by Leica in their ADS-40 and up. The large format framing cameras “stitch“ an image from individually collected smaller image segments or tiles with a sophisticated technology to ensure a geometrically accurate and seamless single large format image. Pushbroom orthophotography produces one large file per linear array and flight line and is especially good for large regional flights. Either system can be used to acquire highly accurate orthophotography. When planning a project, NCTCOG will determine the best camera to use based upon project size and layout.
Due to the success of the project and subsequent realized savings, a majority of the local governments in North Central Texas purchase their aerial photography through NCTCOG's cooperative program which occurs every other year (odd years). Smaller "non-cooperative" flights occur in the even years for those entities who need imagery flown every year. The scope of any project is dependent upon the needs of that year’s participating entities.
Aerial imagery from past projects may be viewed and printed from DFWMaps and purchased in digital format after a project completes through the DFWMaps Marketplace. For more information on orthophotography, visit the SDCP FAQ page or contact Shelley Broyles (GIS Project Coordinator).
Past Cooperative Orthophotography Projects