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Mapping and statistical datasets owned

  • 2002 orthography

    On January 29, 2002, the Commonwealth contracted with VARGIS LLC. of Herndon, Virginia to produce full color, leaf-off, digital orthophotography for the entire land base of Virginia.

    The imagery was developed at one of 3 scales:

    • 1:4,800 scale (2' resolution) in rural areas
    • 1:2,400 scale (1' resolution) in urban and suburban areas and
    • 1:1,200 scale (1/2' resolution) in areas where localities chose the option to purchase higher accuracy product.

    Contact Bruce Obenhaus, Ed Brooks, or use the request form to obtain this data set.

  • 2006/2007 orthophotography

    In the spring of 2006, the Commonwealth of Virginia, through the Virginia Geographic Information Network Division (VGIN) of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) contracted with the Sanborn Map Company to provide aerial data acquisition, ground control, aerotriangulation and development of statewide DTM and digital orthophotography. During this update, the imagery was developed at one of 2 scales:

    • 1:2,400 scale (1' resolution) over the entire Commonwealth
    • 1:1,200 scale (1/2' resolution) in areas where localities chose the option to purchase higher accuracy product
  • Virginia historical aerial photos

    The library has a collection of Virginia historical aerial photos located in the maps section on the 1st floor, with dates ranging from 1930's to 1980's. These photos are 9x9 black and white prints.In general, scales vary from 1:40,000 to 1:2,400. The collection is arranged by county and the holdings are incomplete. To borrow any of the photos, please take it to the second floor Reference desk.


Maps Librarian

GIS specialist

  • Ed Brooks
  • GIS Specialist
  • 540-231-9225
  • gisdata@vt.edu
  • Newman Library room 2030
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

Data request form

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