A planimetric map consists of both manmade (cultural) and natural features. These features are represented 3-dimensionally as lines (vectors) and points. The features can include street and water centerlines; sidewalks; culverts; utility lines; building footprints; and vegetation —anything visible in the imagery can be digitized. Thanks to their wealth of information, these maps play an important role in mapping a community. Utility companies can use them to catalog their infrastructures; assessors can use them for property assessment and taxing purposes; and engineers can use them to aid in planning upcoming projects. The wide range of information provided by these maps make them extremely useful to professional and recreational map users alike.
Surdex provides planimetric mapping services at various scales. Compilation techniques are used to extract planimetric features from current aerial photography. If a client has preexisting mapping that is becoming out of date, Surdex is typically able to update that map at a lower cost when compared to starting over with a new map.