Merrick & Company Begins Digital Orthophotography Update for Lake County, Illinois

June 7, 2006
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Aurora, CO USA - Merrick & Company, a world leader in LIDAR, digital ortho imaging, photogrammetry and GIS mapping is proceeding with the third year of a multiyear contract with Lake County, Illinois.

Aurora, CO USA - Merrick & Company, a world leader in LIDAR, digital ortho imaging, photogrammetry and GIS mapping is proceeding with the third year of a multiyear contract with Lake County, Illinois. Merrick will provide black & white digital orthophotography at a half-foot pixel resolution for 470 square miles. This follows previous projects in the same coverage area. The 2002 project included 1"= 100' 6-inch pixel resolution digital black and white orthophotography, LIDAR based two-foot contours, and planimetric features. The 2004 project included black and white digital orthophotography at a 1-foot pixel resolution and the 2005 project included black and white digital orthophotography at a half-foot pixel resolution.

Gary Outlaw, GISP, Merrick's Vice President of Business Development, GeoSpatial Solutions states, "Merrick has enjoyed our professional relationship with Lake County since 2002 and our support in this geographic area dates back to the early 1990's. It is rewarding to follow through on the complete geospatial data life-cycle as it is used for efficient management in Lake County."

According to Richard Hilton, GIS Division Manager for the Lake County Department of Information Technology, "Nearly every county department uses the digital orthophotography for geographic analysis and for communicating with the public. All aerial data is available to other government agencies and to the public for the cost of reproduction and is also included in the county's public interactive Internet GIS application." (

Lake County is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee. This predominantly suburban landscape, home to more than 600,000 people, is continuously experiencing new development. Lake County's ongoing digital orthophotography program provides essential information for managing rapid growth. "We are measuring changes in land use to analyze issues and understand trends in ways that aren't otherwise possible," concludes Hilton.

Visit Lake County's GIS and Mapping Division on the Web at

About Merrick & Company

Founded in Denver in 1955, Merrick & Company is a world-leading multidisciplinary engineering, architectural, geospatial solutions, and construction management firm. The employee-owned company provides these services to municipal, state, federal, and private-sector clients. With approximately 400 employees, Merrick has offices in Aurora and Colorado Springs, CO; Los Alamos and Albuquerque, NM; and Atlanta, GA.


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