Given the important role geospatial data has in making planning
decisions, SCAG is working with a number of local and regional
agencies to form a purchasing co-operative that would obtain a
variety of high quality aerial imagery at a reduced, shared cost.
The Regional Aerial Imagery Consortium will seek to obtain
orthogonal, obliques, building outlines, LiDAR and digital
terrain imagery for SCAG jurisdictions and other potential
stakeholders. Counties, local jurisdictions, water districts,
non-profits, special districts and other potential partners are
encouraged to participate in this consortium.
The objectives of the regional imagery acquisition are:
Obtain high accuracy aerial imagery (and related products) to
support local jurisdictions needs for land use and asset
monitoring, pre-engineering design, and geospatial analyses.
Unify imagery acquisition to improve communication among SCAG
local jurisdictions and the ability to better engage the
Integrate aerial imagery and related products with the SCAG
land use database and other geographic information system
Eliminate duplicate imagery acquisitions for many
jurisdictions and leverage economies of scale to obtain more
and better products.
Save taxpayer money and increase efficiency through
The proposed coverage area includes all of Imperial, Los
Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura counties, and 4,800
square miles of San Bernardino County. The aerial imagery
will be acquired at three-inch resolution in the region’s
urban core and six-inch in the remaining areas.
As part of the acquisition, a software application will be
provided through which users would be able to view the image data
and perform analytics, as well as the ability to use in most
geospatial software. Training will be included for all
SCAG staff will manage the entire procurement process, project
management and coordinate the purchasing with all interested
parties. The project calls for the selected vendor to fly and
obtain the imagery in early 2020, so that the data will serve as
a benchmark for the 2020 Decennial Census and SCAG’s regional