State-wide imagery collection for all of Missouri typically takes 2 years to complete. Whatever is not flown in Year 1 is always picked up in Year 2. The number of counties covered in each year will vary.
For the current 2022-2023 project, a Project Assessment Quotation (PAQ) was released in January 2022, asking for cost estimates to fly approximately 1/2 of the state. The decision was by the greater GIS community to complete the southern portion of the state (as opposed to east or west), for Year 1.
The PAQ went to the 4 pre-approved vendors mentioned in the Contract Process section, awarded in August of 2021.
A review process by the participating agencies evaluated the PAQs based on a combination of cost, and subjective criteria (project understanding, resources and approach/methodollgy).
In February, a contract to fly the southern half of the state was awarded to Sanborn. Spring flights begin when conditions are optimal for flying (sun angle, lack of snow or water coverage, etc.). Optimal conditions were not available under the second week of March.
Additional funds were identified to add 11 more counties in 2022 in the Kansas City region, collection done by Surdex.
The counties that didn’t get flown in 2022 will be flown in 2023.
A quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) is the next phase. Volunteers are needed. You can sign up to volunteer by completing this QA/QC Interest survey.