ARMY GEOSPATIAL CENTER • Discovers innovative ways to leverage geospatial
operations. The resulting unclassified color imagery
and geospatial intelligence. The Urban Tactical
and LIDAR elevation data improve battlefield visual-
Planner, or UTP, assists military operation planning in
ization and operations.
urban areas around the world. The urban environment data is displayed on a monitor as an aggregate of
• Delivers safety of navigation/dam safety databases.
features that affect urban area operations, such as
The U.S. Inland Navigation System consists of more
building form and function, building height, vertical
than 25,000 miles of commercial navigable waterways
obstructions, terrain features, bridges, key cultural
of which over 8,000 miles are maintained by USACE
features, and landmarks.
in 22 states, including 276 lock chambers, with a total lift of 6,100 feet. To support efficient, effective, and
• Manages the raw data collected from various
safe navigation, the AGC develops, updates, manag-
sensors. The Engineering Route Studies, or ERS
es, and publishes electronic charts for the 8,000 miles
program, provides basic information on major surface
of inland waterways.
transportation systems in conjunction with terrain and climate data at the country or operational level to
• Sustains standards, certification baseline,
assist the warfighter in planning missions, including
and fielded systems. The Instrument Set,
military operations, humanitarian relief, transporta-
Reconnaissance and Surveying, commonly called
tion studies, and drug enforcement.
ENFIRE, is a digital suite of integrated commercial capabilities designed at the AGC to modernize the
• Produces high-resolution aerial, terrestrial, and
collection, analysis, and dissemination of informa-
satellite imagery. The BuckEye collection system
tion to support terrain shaping, reconnaissance,
rapidly collects, processes, and disseminates
and construction management for U.S. Army and
high-resolution geospatial data in support of tactical
Marine Corps users.
What is geospatial? Geospatial indicates data associated with a location. In the United States, people use geospatial data to find their favorite restaurants, avoid traffic, and to get to the closest gas station.
U.S. ARMY PHOTO
The Army’s Geospatial Information System, or GIS, is as complex as the GIS in the latest smartphones. The difference is Army locations are not always mapped out like places in a commercial district. The terrain traveled by a brigade combat team is far less familiar territory. The AGC does two things to help the military develop better location data – collect geospatial data and synchronize data standards. The Soldiers above are using ENFIRE, or an Instrument Set, Reconnaissance and Surveying kit, during their routine training. The kit increases the accuracy of their geospatial information with laser technology that works more quickly than traditional surveying.
Better location data means the military can capture it one time, then store and use information across military organizations.