Massachusetts Orthoimagery Consortium (MassOrtho)

This site contains the materials and tracks the progress of the Massachusetts Orthoimagery Consortium (MassOrtho).  The following is a list of our goals:
  • To lower the cost of orthoimagery acquisition for participating communities
  • To provide a single procurement process and project management expertise at the regional level
  • To provide a basemap of regional orthoimagery that is accessible to various local, state, regional, and federal agencies 
  • To provide a predictable and sustainable model for recurring imagery procurement
  Imagery Capture Updates:
April 11: No flights due to weather
April 12: 14 flight lines captured in Seekonk and Dartmouth
April 13: No flights due to weather
April 15: No flights due to weather
April 16: 2 flight lines captured; vendor noted the following conditions: snow is some areas, standing water, and turbulence
  • MassGIS is organizing a local ground cover monitoring program to help understand conditions throughout the state.  This effort will support the MassOrtho project.  Please visit their site for more details.
  • Fact Sheet: contains cost estimatetimeline, and imagery specs.
    • Imagery spec summary
      • 7.5 cm (nominally 3 inch) resolution: which will allow for mapping of hydrants, manholes, and single trees
      • 1 foot horizontal accuracy: which will allow for the development of 2ft contours and 40-50 scale mapping
      • Leaf off imagery flown in spring 2014
      • Full color and infrared imagery
      • All the raw data / stereoimagery that will allow each participant to then contract to have planemetric data developed from it.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: many answers to common questions
  • MassOrtho is working with USGS's GPSC procurement service on process and procedures.

 For additional information, please email Adam Kurowski: akurowski at
Updated: 4/17/2014