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EVC Creates 30m DEM of Iceland from Topographic Maps and Offers More DEMs Over Northern and Southern Latitudes

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, USA – December 6, 2007 – East View Cartographic (EVC) today announced the completion of a project to create a 30 meter digital elevation model (DEM) of the Akureyri Airport in Iceland. The ability to supply DEMs derived from authoritative topographic maps fills a significant gap in worldwide DEM coverage since the widely available SRTM90 DEM data covers only about eighty percent of the globe. The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) did not collect data above 60 degrees north or below 56 degrees south latitudes and does not provide DEM data for areas such as Iceland. Topographic maps are an excellent source material for DEMs over Russia, Scandinavia, Canada, Alaska, and Greenland in the north and also for Antarctica and surrounding islands in the south.

According to Kent Lee, President and CEO of East View Cartographic, “We receive regular interest from customers with project requirements for terrain models of northern and southern regions. Our extensive collection of topographic maps plus years of experience in producing DEMs from topographic maps has made us a natural choice for this type of work.” The 30m DEM of Iceland covers 3,600 square kilometers and is derived from 1:50,000 scale maps. It was produced for the avionics division of Honeywell, who needed a detailed 3D model of the Akureyri Airport and environs for their terrain avoidance systems.

EVC has supplied DEMs in the far northern and southern latitudes for clients such as environmental organizations working on global warming issues, leading suppliers of navigation systems, providers of training and simulation systems, and geospatial service companies. EVC has created 30m, 50m, and 90m DEMs from a variety of topographic map sources and inventories an extensive collection of worldwide topographic maps used in these projects.

About East View

East View was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. East View is comprised of East View Information Services (, East View Geospatial ( and East View Map Link ( East View maintains thousands of supplier/publisher relationships throughout the world for maps and geospatial data and Russian, Arabic and Chinese-produced social and hard science content. East View manages a data center, library and warehouse in Minneapolis where it hosts and stores dozens of foreign language databases, hundreds of thousands of maps and atlases and millions of geospatial, Russian, Chinese and Arabic metadata records. Uncommon Information. Extraordinary Places. East View.