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Their is no National / Regional database, sometimes a municipality will provide an arial photograph for work.
Primarily we obtain topo by sending a field crew out and collecting data points.  Alternatively topo can be obtained by a combination of arial photography and a field survey crew to verify utility locations, elevations and tie-in points.  This is generally less expensive, provided the existing site isn't covered w/ substantial vegetation to cause problems w/ the arail photograph.
Pat Symons
-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Feather [mailto:pfeather(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2002 4:49 PM
To: SEAOC List
Subject: Topographic Information

Is anyone out there familiar with where Civil firms get the topographic backgrounds for new civil works?  I see a lot of the latest info we get on Civil drawings has a CAD background taken from some form of regional or national database.  Anyone aware of the source for this info?
I have a one time need for background info, and was hoping there is a web based per site service or something similar.
Paul Feather