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Defense Mapping and the Topographic Production toolbox streamline GIS data and map production for topographic mapping agencies and contractors by providing tools that enable specialized data collection and attribution, geodatabase maintenance, and data validation. Defense Mapping provides geodatabase models, topologies, and business rules required for Topographic Data Store (TDS) and Multinational Geospatial Co-Production Program (MGCP) products.

With Defense Mapping, you can:

  • Reduce the time needed to compile and maintain topographic data.
  • Capture and distribute best management practices throughout the organization to ensure data consistency from site to site.
  • Implement in-process quality assurance by leveraging relational geodatabase models, extended attribute validation rules, and automated geometry validation.
  • Efficiently perform database maintenance and quality control for topographic products.

Specifications supported by Defense Mapping

Product files to support the specifications are available from My Esri as an additional ArcGIS Pro download.

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Geographic names

Multinational Geospatial Co-production Program (MGCP)

Used to collect MGCP-compliant topographic data in accordance with the latest MGCP Technical Reference Document (TRD).

Topographic Data Store (TDS)

Used to collect topographic features at different scales in accordance with the TDS Entity Catalog (EC). (The TDS EC is a subset of the National System for Geospatial Intelligence [NSG] Entity Catalog and contains primarily topographic features.)

Specifications supported by Defense Mapping

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