Aerial Imagery 2017-08-23T14:17:21+00:00

Aerial for All

Customized, High Resolution Aerial Imagery for Municipalities


High Resolution Aerial Imagery Program

The JEO Aerial Imagery Program is a cost-sharing partnership with Cornerstone Mapping offering municipalities and their staff high quality aerial imagery at a budget-friendly price. Our goal is to provide up-to-date, decluttered, and platform friendly geospatial layers that show more of what you want to see, when and how you want to see it.

Multi-Platform Friendliness

Aerial Imagery is delivered in multi-platform compatible MrSID or ECW formats to ensure seamless integration with existing GIS workflows.

Uncluttered Views

High resolution aerial imagery acquired during leaf-off conditions adds value to your data due to minimal blockage from foliage.

Up-To-Date Imagery

Present-day views of your area allow you to see things as they stand today, not a few years ago.

Flight Cost-Sharing

Shared aircraft routes covering several cities during a single flight, mean increased savings for all project participants.

One Layer, Endless Possibilities…

Don’t let your layers limit you. Our custom aerial imagery solutions can be shared across all of your departments to use in the way that best suits them. Whether it be engineering design or utility management, you can feel confident that everyone is seeing the same big picture.

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How it Works


Now – Dec. 2017

Sign up and select desired image quality. We will work with you to plan out your project area.

Flight Pre-Planning

Jan. – March 2018

Chief pilots optimize flight plans that take advantage of sharing flight costs.

Imagery Aquisition

March – April 2018

Aerials are taken to your specifications during “leaf-off” conditions.

Processing & Delivery

April- July 2018

Imagery is sent directly to you in the format of your choice (USB thumb drive or through our GIS portal).

Don’t Let Freeware Limit Your Perspective

View your city from above without the fear of messy or out of date imagery.

  • Before-3 inch vs 9 inch imagery
    After-3 inch vs 9 inch imagery
    Leaf on 3 inch vs 9 inch imagery Leaf off
  • Before-Ord building comparison
    After-Ord building comparison
    Outdated Ord building comparison Updated
  • Before-Leaf off vs Leaf on
    After-Leaf off vs Leaf on
    9 inch Leaf off vs Leaf on 3 inch

Imagery Specifications


3″ and 6″ resolution options empower you to choose the aerial imagery opportunity that best suits your community’s needs.

See 6″ vs. 3″ Resolution
aerial resolution

Spatial Accuracy

We currently offer three different options for spatial accuracy allowing you to be as precise as you would like.


  • ASPRS Class II
    • 6″ = 2-ft Horizontal Accuracy
    • 3″= 1-ft Horizontal Accuracy
    • Aircraft-based GPS survey control only (included in base price)

Standard +

  • Closer to ASPRS Class I
    • Survey-grade airborne GPS/IMU (included in base price)
    • Add some addition ground-based survey control (4-6 ground control points)
    • + $1,000 to base price

High Accuracy

  • ASPRS Class I
    • 6″= 1-ft Horizontal Accuracy
    • 3″= 6-in Horizontal Accuracy (only available for areas with LiDAR DEM)
    • Extensive network of surveyed ground control
    • + $2,000 to base price


Our aerial imagery services are currently available to municipalities and individuals. If you have any questions on pricing or service add-ons, please feel free to contact us.

Three Inch Resolution

Base Cost (for up to 12 SQMI): $6,500

Add $300 per additional mile over 12 SQMI

Add $1,000 for Standard+ Accuracy or $2,000 for High Accuracy

Six Inch Resolution

Base Cost (for up to 12 SQMI): $3,600

Add $105 per additional mile over 12 SQMI

Add $1,000 for Standard+ Accuracy or $2,000 for High Accuracy


There are many possible applications for aerial imagery, this said, if one or more of the following applies to you or your municipal departments, aerial imagery could be beneficial:

  • You or your community have existing GIS layers currently being managed.
  • You or your community use GIS software or a GIS provider to display the aerial imagery.
  • You or your community is currently in the planning or design phase of a significant engineering project.
  • You or your community have recently completed construction projects or subdivisions that you would like to document.
  • We are generally covering a 100-mile radius from Lincoln, Nebraska for spring of 2018
  • The covered area will likely grow in the future based on demand
  • Contact us to get pricing for your community if you are outside the initial area. You may be able to still enjoy partial cost-sharing for aircraft mobilization

Final Deliverable:

Participants will receive a thumb drive with the image file(s) on it. Another viable way to use your imagery is through your engineer or consultant by adding it to utility maps or design plans. Of course, you own the data and can share it as you see fit.


The image files may be too large to open with typical windows photo viewer programs, but works well with GIS and CADD mapping programs such as ArcGIS and AutoCAD. One free software that can be used to view the imagery is ArcReader.  If needed, JEO can provide an ArcReader map to view the imagery, measure distances, and print to-scale maps.

If you’d like to know more, simply fill out the form below.  We would like to finalize our participant list in January, which leaves plenty of time for further discussion.  We will reach out to you to continue the conversation.

There are three main differences to consider when comparing custom aerial imagery to freeware programs;

    • Temporal resolution, or the age of the imagery: A lot can happen in a year. Outdated imagery may not capture recent changes that your community would like to document.
    • Pixel Resolution: Most detailed mapping applications require a high pixel resolution not satisfied by freeware.
    • Layer Application: Looking at the imagery within a web browser is different than using an imagery layer within a mapping application. Many freeware options allow you to view, but not apply these layers to your project.

We hope to be able to continue this service in years to come and look forward to receiving any feedback you may have to improve this service for the future.

Get Started

Have Questions?

Feel free to contact Joe Sather at or by calling at 402.443.7475 ext. 1022 with any questions you may have regarding the 2017 JEO Aerial Imagery Program.