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Elevation FIT Lead:
Jacob Macdonald, CMS (ASPRS)
Physical Scientist
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District
(503) 808-4844
LiDAR Workgroup Lead:
Ian Madin
800 NE Oregon St., Suite 965
Portland OR 97232 
(971) 673-1542



Oregon Lidar Data Standard, v1.1 (pdf)

Oregon Terrestrial Raster Elevation Data Standard, v1.04 (pdf)

Oregon Terrestrial Vector Elevation Data Standard, v1.1 (pdf)


2014 Oregon Lidar Prioritization Plan

Elevation FIT Charter

Documents related to the National Enhanced Elevation Study

Questionnaire (pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Example Benefits (pdf)
Link to NEEA documents

 LAS metadata


Elevation Data Access


USGS 3DEP Program



Upcoming Meetings
There are no upcoming meetings on the calendar.

See GEO's event calendar for the complete listing of Oregon's Geospatial events.

Previous Meetings:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - E-FIT Meeting

Meeting Minutes

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - E-FIT Data Acquisition Advisory Committee (DAAC) Meeting

Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - DAS West, 155 Cottage St NE, Salem, OR 97301

Meeting Minutes


Friday, November 19, 2012 - Oregon Department of Transportation, Human Resources Center
2775 19th Street SE, Salem OR 97302-1503

Meeting Materials:

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 - Portland State University Campus
Meeting Notes (PDF) 
Thanks to those who attended meetings with USGS and DAS-GEO (Aug 3rd) and then participated in the Elevation Framework Implementation Team (FIT) meeting (Aug 4th).  Your efforts resulted in forward progress on several fronts.
With your support a consolidated "Oregon Voice" reached federal consortia during the developmental stages of a large, relatively well funded project to secure elevation data for the nation. As Sheri Schneider (USGS) pointed out “It is significant that Oregon is the only state that Larry (Larry Sugarbaker, Strategic Advisor for the National Map) plans to visit personally prior to launching the study.”  The presentation of Oregon business needs illustrated the excellent work underway across the state, the need for higher resolution LiDAR and the need to support collaborative initiatives such as those functioning in Oregon. With many federal agencies coming together around $20 million in cooperative Funds for FY10 elevation data projects, our ability to tell Oregon’s side of the story succinctly opened the door to constructive dialog and supported key objectives regarding sustainable funding.
Steps forward include continuing to build business cases and refining answers to key questions.  Questions such as how is LiDAR serving needs across the state? How is it saving public dollars? What’s the cost to benefit ratio of LiDAR use and the use of higher precision data (point densities)?   Please see meeting notes (linked below), as discussions during the event provide a good starting point.
Immediate next steps:
  1. Review notes (specifically issues you raised or issues you wanted to raise) and comment
  2. Continue building business cases for your uses of LiDAR, being sure to include:
    1. Ties back to your agencies mission statement, charter, etc.
    2. Ties to mission critical business functions, mandates, legal obligations, etc.
    3. Cost saving/cost avoidance related to not having reliable elevation data
    4. Cost saving/cost avoidance related to LiDAR point density/precision
  3. While drafting your business cases keep a list of 'issues', e.g., need to know time of year/day, need time series, need raw points, prefer raster grids, need point density grids, need to see projects (LiDAR acquisition project boundaries) in my area, need to know where to get data, need help using data, etc.
  4. Lastly, please send a shapefile of your geographic area of interest. Please include a .PRJ file, a note indicating your preferred horizontal projection/units and vertical datum/units and a range of map scales within which you typically work (construct, analyze and plot spatial information).  Please refer to the examplefrom the City of Springfield.
  5. Please email (click link to open mail editor) the material.
Tuesday (Aug 3rd) Presentations: 
  • DOGAMI LiDAR Program (PDF)
  • OR Dept. of Forestry operational uses of LiDAR (PDF)
  • OR Dept. of Parks and Recreation LiDAR uses (PDF)
  • USGS Forest & Rangeland Ecosysten Science Center LiDAR Uses (PDF)
  • LiDAR data applied to groundwater modeling - USGS (PDF)
Wednesday (Aug 4th) Presentations:
  • LiDAR at Crater Lake NP (PDF)
  • Local Govt' Applications of LiDAR- City of Springfield (PDF)
  • BLM Use of LiDAR and related data (PDF)
  • USGS National (Enhanced) Elevation Data (PDF)
  • OR LiDAR Consortium Specs & Applications (PDF)
Wednesday (Aug 4th) Notes (PDF) 
At our next meeting, to be scheduled soon, the format will change from presentations and 'rapid fire question and answer' to round table discussion. The agenda will include: 1) following up on Federal programs, 2) refining of business cases, and 3) clarifying purpose for the Elevation FIT.  Following the meeting, we’ll convene for a "solutions social".
It was a pleasure meting all of you, learning of your programs and sharing thoughts on elevation information. We are fortunate to have a vibrant collaborative GIS community in Oregon, a solid foundation on which to stand, and strong support from such a broad diverse group.


For questions regarding statewide GIS coordination/organizational issues, please email:
Statewide GIS Coordinator
For questions regarding GIS data, please email: GIS Data Administrator