About CompassData

We provide accuracy, standardized deliverables, speed, a global network, and customer service

“Our mission is to map the world. CompassData delivers value to our clients, shareholders, employees and business partners by providing accurate geospatial data and field data collection services accurately, on time, with standardized deliverables. We utilize the best available technology to map the world providing geospatial data to our clients in support of their geospatial products and projects. Our focus is to build partnerships with our clients, providing a value that will exceed their expectations.” -CompassData, Inc.

About CompassData

About CompassData – We are a dedicated group of professionals who have been at the forefront of the Geospatial industry since 1994. We have long been recognized in the geospatial community as a leading provider of global Ground Control data. Therefore, we are able to collect precise ground control information in remote and difficult to access areas to support required image or mapping requirements.

Everything we do, from Ground Control Points, international field service capability to our QA/QC, is about providing accuracy to the mapping community.

From our first day in business, we understood that the key to customer service is to provide immediately digestible, instantly usable material.

CompassData GCPs are available for immediate use upon download. If more collection is needed for a project, we can plan and mobilize our Control Freak network quickly, getting results to our customers fast.

Our Control Freaks are everywhere! Because CompassData has been in the business since the 90s, we can reach out to partners and contractors to ensure there is little or no downtime in executing your project.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our relationships with our customers, most of whom are repeat clients because they know exactly what they will receive from us: quality, standard, timely deliverables.

CompassData is the foremost supplier of current, accurate, digital content to the Geospatial industry enabling better choices at the point of decision. We have a global reputation for precise, accurate, and on time geodetic control around the world.

See also: CompassDrone

CompassData History

CompassData, Inc. was founded by Margaret J. Howard and W. Brant Howard in Centennial, Colorado, in 1994 as part of the CompassCom family of companies and incorporated separately in November 2003 as a woman-owned small business led by The President, Margaret J. Howard. As the lead “Control Freak” Mrs. Howard has led the CompassData Control Freaks to collect over 50,000 Ground Control Points across six of the seven continents on the globe. We don’t have Antarctica…yet.  CompassData is proud to offer the industry the largest commercially available archive of Ground Control Points around the World!

CompassData specializes in collecting high-quality, spatially-accurate data for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, photogrammetry and remotely sensed data. CompassData uses the latest in Global Positioning System (GNSS) technology combined with years of field experience and a proven system to ensure the accuracy and currency of our data.

We provide verification services and software for geospatial projects across the globe. Our Team’s unique experience enables us to provide consulting services on survey and geodesy to ensure our clients’ projects exceed the growing demand for globally accurate data.   

CompassData has worked with geospatial professionals in many industries, including leading providers of aerial and satellite imagery, environmental firms; public safety and law enforcement agencies; public utility (gas & electric) companies; local, state, and federal government agencies; imagery providers, airport/aviation agencies, telecommunication companies, transportation organizations, natural resource firms, the Department of Defense, and golf course construction companies.

CompassData’s aerial experience and knowledge base for accuracy have naturally lead CompassData into the UAV Business.  In 2016, CompassData created a dba CompassDrone to serve our clients with the best Mapping Drone Solutions in the industry.

700+ Airport Orthos are Currently Available Off-The-Shelf!

50,000+ Ground Control Points (GCPs) are Currently Available Off-The-Shelf!

CompassData Quality Policy

CompassData Inc. is committed to quality. Our goal is to be a leading provider of geospatial content, products, and services. We strive to exceed our client’s expectations and requirements by providing accurate, on-time, and consistent geospatial content, products and services. Our Quality Management System encourages continuous improvement and innovation, and ensures compliance with customer requirements through the application of our quality procedures. By providing reliable support, we enable our clients to develop world class solutions for their mission-critical applications.

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