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Arvada Among Partners Honored by DRCOG for Specialty Data Collection

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Brian Davis receiving award

May 3, 2016, Arvada, CO…….. The Planimetric Data Group received a Distinguished Service Award from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) at DRCOG’s annual awards celebration April 27.

The Planimetric Data Group formed when DRCOG embarked on an ambitious and unprecedented project to acquire detailed infrastructure information—normally cost-prohibitive—for the entire region. This specialty data (known as planimetric data) consists of information such as building outlines and sidewalks drawn through interpretation of aerial imagery.

Twenty-one partners, including the City of Arvada, contributed the funding to purchase the data, which is already being used for projects such as creating mobile apps for the visually impaired, fire pre-plan maps, and sidewalk quality and availability studies. Planimetric data is available for download here.

Brian Davis, GEO Data Services Manager, represented the City of Arvada at the DRCOG awards ceremony.

“Without the participation and contribution of these 21 data visionaries, this project could not have happened,” said Jennifer Schaufele, DRCOG executive director. “Their collective foresight to imagine the process improvements, innovative research, and entrepreneurship fostered by this data shows their commitment to regionalism.”

DRCOG presents Distinguished Service Awards to individuals who contribute significant efforts to the Denver region and its communities, and to DRCOG’s programs and activities.