Ground Control Points Archive
“Our Mission is to map the world. CompassData® delivers value to our clients, shareholders, employees, and business partners by providing geospatial data and services accurately, on time, with quality deliverables. We utilize the best available technology to map the world providing solutions 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.
CompassCom® was founded by Brant and Maggie Howard in the Denver, Colorado in 1994. The CompassCom mission was to bring the emerging GPS, GIS, and wireless technology to market in the Rocky Mountain Region as a Trimble reseller and Esri® business partner. The CompassCom business grew to three divisions that became CompassTools (GIS field tools), CompassData (survey and remote sensing data), and CompassCom (Esri based GPS Tracking Solution) in 2003.
In 2018 CompassTools and the Trimble Dealership was sold to Frontier Precision to focus resources on the growth of the content and software offerings of CompassData and CompassCom. As a family-owned, Certified Women-Owned Small Business, Maggie Howard, Brant Howard, Hayden Howard, and Kate Schlatter leads the Control Freak Team of Professional Surveyors, Photogrammetry and GIS Technologist.
Colorado is a global center of GIS, Satellite, and Aerial geospatial companies. Demand for Photo-ID Ground Control Points (GCP) to support the growth of the global orthoimagery market in the late 1990s gave CompassData an opportunity to travel the globe and collect GCPs. Brant’s vision was to turn this fee for service survey business into a global content play. CompassData began collecting the data and licensing the GCPs to the end-user to build global imagery products. Companies such as Space Imaging, Digital Globe now Maxar; Spot Image now Airbus; Google; Vexcel; Microsoft Bing, Hexagon; Harris to name a few task CompassData employees and partners to over 100 countries to collect what is now the largest commercially available Photo-ID GCP archive in the world.
The archive is now 67,000 GCPs and counting as the Remote Sensing Community depends on the accuracy and consistency of this data to produce and ensure the quality of their products with our licensed off-the-shelf and new collect Ground Control.
CompassData has expanded its product and service offering to include FAA Certified avionics data, drone, mobile mapping, imagery, and LiDAR products and services. Under the leadership of Hayden Howard, April 1, 2014, CompassData was awarded FAA Type 1, Letter of Acceptance to produce GCPs and Imagery in support of AMDB and Airport Moving Map solutions. Motivated by our quest for the most accurate and consistent data in the profession CompassData achieved ISO certification in December 2017. Certification to ISO:9001:2015 is current with renewal anticipated in January 2021.
With the leadership of Kate and Maggie on the business side and the heart of our culture, the Control Freak Professionals are pushing the envelope to change the world with geospatial technology. If you have a passion to innovate and deliver cool solutions to our planet come join us to create a sustainable business and community.
Margaret J. Howard co-founded CompassCom in 1994, which later split into three companies in 2003. From the inception of the organizations' Ms. Howard has maintained an active role in growing businesses and providing unique solutions in the Geospatial Industry. Over the years, Ms. Howard has traveled the world collecting many of the Ground Control Points for sale in our growing archive today. Her experience in the field and knowledge of the solutions empowers her to work with the employees, vendors, customers, and industry leaders to maintain a healthy business in growing technology.
Katherine L. Schlatter is the Chief Operating Officer, Member of the Board of Directors, and Stock Holder for CompassData, Inc. Ms. Schlatter has performed everything from field data collection to operations management. Kate has collected field data, managed international and domestic field collection projects, managed subcontractors, developed long-standing relationships with business partners World Wide, and supported our Clients in the completion of projects. As Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Schlatter offers expertise in all aspects of the business to her staff while working with sub-contractors to ensure the successful completion of Client projects.
Ground Control Points Archive
Airport Imagery Archive
Sreet Level Mapping
GCP & RSGCP
FAA Certified Flight Operations