The Tennessee Department of Transportation tasked Continental Mapping with collecting and delivering over 10,000 square miles of orthophotography data to update the Tennessee Base Mapping Program (TNBMP) online database.

To collect and deliver current and accurate orthophotography, TDOT works through a Photogrammetry and Mapping On Call contract. Through this contract, orthophotography is produced for each of TDOT’s four regions on a rolling collection cycle.

Continental Mapping, a longtime incumbent on the TDOT Photogrammetry and Mapping On Call contract, was tasked with aerial imagery collection and orthorectification across TDOT’s Region 2 in 2018. Region 2 encompasses a quarter of eastern Tennessee, covering 24 counties and over 10,000 square miles. The region includes large urban areas like Chattanooga, other urban and rural areas, as well as natural terrain like rivers, mountainous stretches, and wildlife management areas. The variability in terrain and the expansive scope of the project required expert knowledge in project planning, execution, and technical expertise.


Tennessee DOT Region 2 Aerial Orthophotography


Tennessee Department of Transportation

High resolution aerial orthophotography provides excellent detail.

Quote: "10,000 square miles, covering 24 counties of orthophotography"

Continental Mapping coordinated aerial acquisition and performed orthorectification of over 10,000 square miles of aerial imagery and mapping data. To establish accuracy and to meet TDOT requirements, flights were planned with 80% forward lap, with a nominal side lap of 35% (minimum 30%) using a Ground Sample Distance (GSD) maximum of 10 US survey inches. The flight planning and scheduling also was executed using a south to north/north to south flight pattern to meet TDOT standards. Images were acquired using an UltraCam airplane-mounted camera system and delivered in duplicate on non-returnable 2 TB compact external hard drives. Additionally, sun angle requirements for the collection process were also specified and adhered to.

With the data delivered, TDOT was able to update the entirety of Region Two’s orthophotography data on the TNBMP database online. Continental Mapping’s work and data is helping give government departments and institutions across the state the geospatial insight for historical data comparison, engineering and construction projects, to change detection and environmental and conservation work.

The data is collected at 10″ GSD and for the TNBMP sampled to 1 foot pixel resolution for consistency.

The Tennessee Base Mapping Program can be found here

Flight lines with 80% overlap for capturing aerial imagery of TDOT’s Region 2

Map of TDOT’s four regions across the state (Image courtesy of TDOT)