2015 Lidar Data Release for Brazos County

The Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS) is pleased to announce the release of newly acquired high resolution Lidar data for 286 square miles of Brazos County, Texas. Aerial collection took place February 9-10, 2015, during the leaf-off season. Dewberry performed data acquisition/processing while Surveying and Mapping, LLC provided third-party quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC).

This project was administered by the TNRIS Strategic Mapping Program (StratMap) and the data were procured through the Council on Competitive Government’s (CCG) High Priority Imagery and Datasets (HPIDS) contract. Funding was provided by the City of College Station, City of Bryan and Texas A&M University.

Data Access

Lidar data and the associated geospatial products are available for cost of reproduction through TNRIS.

Coverage Area

View coverage areas in the interactive map below:

Please check our Lidar status map for exact coverage.

Catalog Entry

View more details in the Data Catalog Entry:


  • Classified all-return lidar DO4Q tiles (1/64th of USGS Quad) in LAS 1.2 format
  • Bare-earth digital elevation model (DEM) in USGS .dem format (1-meter)
  • Lidar intensity images in GeoTIFF format (1-meter)
  • Hydro-flattening breaklines in SHP
  • File-level FGDC metadata in XML

Product Specification

  • Vertical accuracy (RMSEz) tested 4.4 cm in non-vegetation.
  • Average first-return point density is slightly over 4 points per square meter (ppsm)
  • Point data are classified according to the following American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) class schema:
    • Class 1: Unclassified
    • Class 2: Ground
    • Class 3: Low Vegetation
    • Class 4: Medium Vegetation
    • Class 5: High Vegetation
    • Class 6: Buildings
    • Class 7: Low Point (noise)
    • Class 9: Water
    • Class 13: Bridges
    • Class 14: Culverts
  • Projection Specifications
    • Horizontal projection is UTM NAD83 (NSRS 2007) Zones 14
    • Vertical projection is NAVD88 Geoid 12A
    • Units are in meters denoting orthometric heights
    • Structure for data listed above shall conform to 1/64th USGS 7.5-minute quadrangle
    • Quarter-quarter-quarter quadrangle (DOQQQQ, or DO4Q)

Providing the Highest Level of Geographic Data Services to the People of Texas

Research & Distribution

Data support staff working with a customer

Let our hands-on team of data specialists assist you with physical map products and other datasets, many unavailable online.

Learn More about Research & Distribution

Geographic Information Office

Texas flag superimposed with spatial data

TNRIS hosts the State of Texas’s Geographic Information Office (GIO), an inter-agency initiative to collaborate and facilitate the effective use of G.I.S. in state and local government.

Learn More about the Geographic Information Office

Texas GIS Forum

Audience and speaker at the Texas GIS Forum

Our annual gathering of the Texas GIS community, showcasing the latest innovations and talent in the field.

Learn More about the Texas GIS Forum