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August 22, 2017

Call for elevation project funding proposals and requests issued.

On August 16, 2017, the USGS issued the FY17/FY18 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). The BAA provides detailed information on how to partner with the USGS and other Federal agencies to acquire high-quality 3D Elevation data. Information and contacts are now available at Fed Biz Opps (Reference Number:G17PS00746) and (Funding Opportunity Number: G17AS00116).

Offerors may contribute funds toward a USGS lidar data acquisition activity via the Geospatial Products and Services Contracts or they may request 3DEP funds toward a lidar data acquisition activity where the requesting partner is the acquiring authority. Federal agencies, state and local governments, tribes, academic institutions and the private sector are eligible to submit proposals.  Proposals are due by 5:00PM ET, October 20, 2017

National public webinars to provide instructions on preparing BAA submissions were conducted on August 10 and August 17. These webinars were recorded, so those unable to attend can listen to the instructions at their convenience. Links to the recording will be posted on the 3DEP Geospatial Platform Sharing Site.  Questions on the BAA can be submitted to for resolution.

About the BAA and 3DEP

The BAA is a public process to develop partnerships for the collection of lidar and derived elevation data for 3DEP.

The primary goal of 3DEP is to systematically collect nationwide lidar coverage (ifsar in Alaska) over an 8-year period to provide more than $690 million annually in new benefits to government entities, the private sector and citizens. 3DEP presents a unique opportunity for collaboration between all levels of government to leverage the services and expertise of private sector mapping firms that acquire the data, and to create jobs now and in the future.

More information about 3DEP including updates on current and future 3DEP partnership opportunities is available online.

Previous BAA project awards.

Status map of Fiscal Year 2017 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) quality data, as of August 2017.
Status map of Fiscal Year 2017 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) quality data, as of August 2017. The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks submission of proposals to continue to expand the extent of lidar data that meet 3DEP specifications.(Public domain.)

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