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Tyler approves new high-resolution mapping system

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Better pictures of Tyler means more efficient construction and planning for city engineers as new companies move in to the city. An expenditure was approved at The Tyler City Council meeting Wednesday for the acquisition of a high resolution elevation data system called LiDAR.

The system is an updated aero photography system, meaning it takes pictures similar to what you see on Google Earth of the city. The last time aerial photos were taken for The City of Tyler was in 2007. After the implementation of LiDAR, city engineers hope to update those photos every two to three years. The new system provides 3D images so accurate that city engineers can take measurements of building from them without going to the property. They say it will expedite construction and planning processes.

The $50,000 state contract has been approved. Next weekend contract details will be determined. It will be funded in part my property taxes and Smith County. The LiDAR project is a joint effort between Texas Natural Resources Information Systems, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and The City of Tyler property taxes.

Officials say Tyler will spend $50,000 for their part in the effort and total project cost are expected to be $500,000. The project will encompass two thirds of Smith County and most of Henderson and Van Zandt counties.

If finalized, LiDAR will go into effect in about nine months. After that those 3D images will be used by city engineers but plans to make those images accessible to the public online are expected a few years after the program begins in Tyler. Those data set will be available to the public through www.tnris.org.

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