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CompassTA™ 2.3

Product Name:CompassTA™ 2.3
Product Description:
Type:Software, Software and ground control points
Data/Software specifications 
Standard data format:Accepts the following data file formats: *** Imagery file formats: TIF, BIL,ASC, IMG, DDE, PIX, DTED Elevation, DEM, BDG, ESRI Grid *** Lidar Intensity Images: TIF, SID, IMG, JPG, JP2, ECW, BIL, BMP, ESRI Grid *** Ground Control Surveyed Coordinates: TXT or CSV *** Index File: ESRI shape file *** LAS file format: versions 1.1, 1.2,1.3 *** Report file format: PDF
Data description:CompassTA™ computes error values of DEM products and LiDAR data using collected ground control data coordinates.  The software compares the Z values of high accuracy independent checkpoints with the Z values derived from the data set at the same location to produce ZDEM values. The software produces consistent, standardized and professional reports. These data verification and validation reports can be customized for data quality requirements. Reports can display different types of error statistics (RMSE, CE90, CE95, NSSDA), a circular error plot, histograms for points
Data collection description:You can use your own ground control or access the largest commercially available ground control data set GCPArchive Ground Control Collection The foundation of CompassData’s business is GPS surveying. We currently have an archive of over 36,000 Ground Control Points (GCPs) around the world. These points have been collected for all types of projects and for a variety of customers. We regularly perform survey work for both imagery and LiDAR collects to sub 5 cm x, y, z requirements. Each of our GCPs is provided to the customer with all supporting metadata, context photos, accuracy reports and station diagrams. Increase accuracy and save time and money by designing your project area to coincide with archive GCPs. The GCPs in the CompassData archive have all passed rigorous quality-control procedures. The accuracy of the GCPs are defined as follows; Quality-1: 1cm – 10cm horizontal accuracy, 3cm – 10cm vertical accuracy Quality-2: 10cm - 20cm horizontal accuracy, 10cm - 20cm vertical accuracy Quality-3: 20cm - 50cm horizontal accuracy, 20cm - 75cm vertical accuracy Quality-4: 50cm – 70cm horizontal accuracy, 75cm – 1.25m vertical accuracy Quality-5: 70cm – 2.5m horizontal accuracy, 1.25m – 5m vertical accuracy
Data quality control descripton:CompassTA™ provides several benefits to those who are responsible for DEM and LiDAR data quality. First, the software allows you to easily assess either individual image tiles, AOIs or the overall mosaic. This is useful because you can provide separate accuracy analysis on the different collection areas, and can identify any specific problem areas. Second, the program produces an easy to read report which shows the ground control used to verify the accuracy and areas in the image that have accuracy issues. This would be useful to quickly and easily assess if the LiDAR or DEM deliverables meet the project requirements. CompassTA greatly speeds up the analysis and reporting process. It allows clients to be very cost competitive in their accuracy analysis. In general, CompassTA requires the user to follow a consistent, repeatable, standardized Q/C process by requiring data fields to be completed before proceeding. Each point must be reviewed and then visually validated and verified.
License and ownership description:CompassTA™ currently requires the user to purchase a workstation based license. A annual maintenance fee is required after the first year.
Application and Use 
Main users :Anyone responsible for supplying or receiving DEM, LiDAR or LAS data that must be validated and verified for Z height accuracy. CompassTA™ is used by regional planning organizations, local, state and federal governments. From the private sector, several consulting engineering firms who differentiate themselves from their competition by providing a professional, and statistically meaningful data accuracy report as part of their delivery.
Main applications :Validation and verification of DEM, LiDAR or LAS data that must be validated and verified for Z height accuracy using ground control points. Final product is a report that is organized and easy to understand. Reports statistical results are based on industry standards.
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Supplier Information
  • CompassData Inc.

  • 12353 E. Easter Ave. Suite 200
  • Centennial, CO 80112
  • United States of America



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