Geospatial Repository and Data (GRiD) Management System is developed in a partnership between the US Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Research Directorate to efficiently warehouse and distribute both three-dimensional data, such as LiDAR data, as well as related and derived two-dimensional geospatial products, such as imagery and digital elevation models (DEMs).

For a data provider, GRiD offers data storage, support for multiple data formats, and Oracle-enabled secure user access control. For a data user, GRiD provides an efficient web-based download mechanism, user-defined filters, and built-in terrain analysis algorithms. By improving mechanisms for storage and sharing of three-dimensional datasets, GRiD is designed to increase the reach and impact of LiDAR technologies within and across networks, departments and disciplines.



Why GRiD?


LiDAR technologies across aerial, vehicle-mounted, and terrestrial platforms are increasing across a wide range of disciplines.

  • - Engineering
  • - Architecture
  • - Agriculture
  • - Forestry
  • - Mining
  • - Archaeology
  • - Planetary Science
  • - Defense
  • - Civil Security

Current mechanisms have limitations.

  • - Flat file repositories do not effectively manage complex 3D datasets
  • - Cannot effectively handle very large datasets
  • - Increase bandwidth requirements
  • - LiDAR data not discoverable outside local network
  • - Does not enable efficient use of available data
  • - Limits multiple collection product generation

GRiD is designed to fill these gaps.



GRiD Mission


- Trivialize online access to high-resolution multi-dimensional geospatial datasets acquired with LiDAR and other innovative technologies


- Integrate state-of-the-art database technologies alongside open source software libraries


- Develop a robust yet scalable software and hardware infrastructure




Contact the team


Chris Irwin, Jed Haven
Phone: 603-646-4142
Jon Darveau, Stephen Grover
Phone: 571-557-2300


Management Team


Dave Finnegan, Program Manager
Lesley Pearson, Operations Manager
Tom Creel, SFN Technical Executive