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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.


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.


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