Product: These lidar data are processed Classified LAS 1.4 files, formatted to 6,269 individual 5,000 ft x 5,000 ft tiles; used to create intensity images, 3D breaklines, and hydro-flattened DEMs as necessary.
Geographic Extent: 35 counties in Pennsylvania, covering approximately 5922 total square miles.
Dataset Description: The Pennsylvania North Central Lidar QL2 project called for the planning, acquisition, processing, and derivative products of lidar data to be collected at a nominal pulse spacing (NPS) of 0.71 meters. Project specifications are based on the U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Program Base LiDAR Specification, Version 1.3. The data were developed based on a horizontal projection/datum of NAD 1983 StatePlane Pennsylvania South FIPS 3702 Feet, Foot US and vertical datum of NAVD88 GEOID12B, Foot US. LiDAR data were delivered as processed Classified LAS 1.4 files formatted to 6,269 individual 5,000 ft x 5,000 ft tiles; 1651 individual 10,000 ft x 10,000 ft tiles, as tiled intensity imagery, and as tiled bare earth DEMs.Continuous breaklines were produced in Esri file geodatabase format.
Ground Conditions: LiDAR was collected in spring and fall 2019, while no snow was on the ground and rivers were at or below normal levels. In order to post process the LiDAR data to meet task order specifications and meet ASPRS vertical accuracy guidelines, Quantum Spatial, Inc. utilized a total of 326 ground control points that were used to calibrate the LiDAR to known ground locations established throughout the project area. An additional 546 independent accuracy checkpoints, 322 in Bare Earth and Urban landcovers (322 NVA points), 224 in Tall Weeds categories (224 VVA points), were used to assess the vertical accuracy of the data. These checkpoints were not used to calibrate or post process the data.
To acquire detailed surface elevation data for use in conservation planning, design, research, floodplain mapping, dam safety assessments and elevation modeling, etc. Classified LAS files are used to show the manually reviewed bare earth surface. This allows the user to create intensity images, breaklines and raster DEMs. The purpose of these LiDAR data was to produce high accuracy 3D hydro-flattened digital elevation models (DEMs) with a 2.5 foot cell size. These raw LiDAR point cloud data were used to create classified LiDAR LAS files, intensity images, 3D breaklines, and hydro-flattened DEMs as necessary.