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A new USGS web application enables the public to create custom topographic maps on demand. The online application is called topoBuilder and the output maps are known as OnDemand Topos.

Introduction to topoBuilder & OnDemand Topo

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topoBuilder is a public web application released by the National Geospatial Program that enables users to request customized USGS-style topographic maps, known as an OnDemand Topo, that utilize the best available data from The National Map.  

Exclusive to the topoBuilder application is the ability to center maps wherever users choose. OnDemand Topo map extents do not need to align with the traditional 7.5-minute grid utilized by US Topo and other USGS topographic maps. Click here to learn more about USGS map grids. 

OnDemand Topo maps anywhere within the following regions at the listed scales may be requested: 

Region 
Scale 
Contiguous 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Hawaii 1:24,000 
Alaska  1:25,000 
U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, & the Northern Mariana Islands)  1:20,000 
topoBuilder component diagram
Primary components of creating an OnDemand Topo map in the topoBuilder web application.

 

Users can then choose their preferred file format (PDF or TIFF) as well as the level of contour detail best suited to their needs. OnDemand Topo contours are generated on the fly from the latest USGS elevation data, including high-quality lidar and IfSAR data acquired through the 3D Elevation Program

Once the customizations have been set, users can simply enter a valid email address and a direct link to download their unique map product will delivered within five days, free of charge.

For a detailed walk-though of the topoBuilder application, please see the topoBuilder User Guide

Any additional questions may be directed to The National Map Help Desk at tnm_help@usgs.gov.

Read the full announcement here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to explore topoBuilder and build your own OnDemand Topo

 

Additional Resources

View & Download topoBuilder Data from The National Map

View & Download topoBuilder Data from The National Map

USGS Topographic Map Overview

USGS Topographic Map Overview

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Return to National Geospatial Program Home Page

topoBuilder Release Notes

The current release of topoBuilder is version 1.1. Notes on both the current and previous releases are available.

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topoBuilder Release Notes

The current release of topoBuilder is version 1.1. Notes on both the current and previous releases are available.

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Known Issues - topoBuilder and OnDemand Topo

This page contains the most up-to-date documentation of known issues for the topoBuilder application and OnDemand Topo map products.

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Known Issues - topoBuilder and OnDemand Topo

This page contains the most up-to-date documentation of known issues for the topoBuilder application and OnDemand Topo map products.

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