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3D Elevation Program

The 3D Elevation Program is a collaboration between the state of Ohio and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). 

4 state agencies and 3 federal agencies have contributed funds to purchase high resolution Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) data for the state. 


  • Department of Administrative Services:
  • Department of Natural Resources:
  • Department of Transportation:
  • Environmental Protection Agency:


  • United States Geological Survey
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency

The goal of the program is much larger than Ohio. The USGS has placed 3DEP within the National Geospatial Program to respond to growing needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional (3D) representations of the Nation's natural and constructed features. 3DEP informs critical decisions that are made across our Nation every day that depend on elevation data, ranging from immediate safety of life, property, and environment to long term planning for infrastructure projects.

3DEP is based on the results of the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) that was funded by National Digital Elevation Program (NDEP) agencies and completed in 2011. The study, led by the USGS, identified more than 600 requirements for enhanced (3D) elevation data to address mission-critical information requirements of 34 Federal agencies, all 50 States, and a sample of private sector companies and Tribal and local governments.

More information on 3DEP


Cooperative Purchasing Agreement

Download 3DEP and other data sets

The 3DEP Tile Index shapefile

Looking for other LiDAR Data?
Here is a listing of our LiDAR buy-ups Pre-3DEP