Skip to main content

Vector Data: Digital Vector Maps


Need digital vector maps? Collaborate with L3Harris to find the best vector data for your project. Our diverse offerings include:

  • USGS land cover data
  • Garmin digital vector maps
  • AW3D datasets
  • Global linear and point features
  • Energy datasets  
  • Detailed international city mapping
  • Aerodrome Mapping Databases (AMDB)
  • Land Use Land Coverage (LULC) classifications


These digital vector maps are flexible, scalable, and customizable — allowing for smooth zooming, easy styling adjustments, and interactivity.

Your project is unique, and so are your needs. L3Harris is a one-stop shop for vector data solutions redefining what's possible in applications ranging from urban planning and environmental analysis to location-based services and GPS systems. As an unbiased broker, we deliver customized data products uniquely suited to your goals.  


Vector Data Maps

L3Harris offers digital vector maps constructed with the highest-quality vector data. This allows for the precise representation of geographical information in countless applications and platforms. Our superior data, processed and delivered by experts, is the foundation for any successful project — from land use and conservation efforts to telecommunications and aerodrome mapping. 

The possibilities for 3D mapping are infinite — ranging from wireless planning, city planning, infrastructure management, disaster management, and environmental monitoring to applications in public health and academic research. 

AW3D Data Sets

RESTEC, which offers the AW3D data sets, has established a vast network of 3D maps that digitally depict terrain, ground undulations, and the heights of trees and buildings worldwide in the highest resolution available. RESTEC’s 3D maps are defined by elite performance, cost-effectiveness, short delivery times, and unmatched flexibility. The quality of this 3D data will only improve as the number of available satellites increases and satellite-mounted sensors become more sophisticated.


Accurate, low-cost, and expansive, the AW3D Telecom is the ideal 3D elevation dataset for simulating wireless signal propagation. Thanks to its high accuracy, it complies with most telecommunication operators' standards. It’s also compatible with signal propagation analyses, such as car-to-car communication in a self-driving system. L3Harris provides complete datasets optimized for these purposes, including height values acquired from high-resolution satellites and land usage classification based on sensors.  

  • AW3D Telecom Data Sheet
Vector map data

Request A Quote

Vector Data of buildings

The AW3D Building 3D elevation dataset uses the latest satellite imagery to bring ground features such as buildings, vegetation, and overpasses to life. Both the 2D footprint and height information of each building are provided as vector data, which can be bundled with other layers to create sophisticated digital vector maps.

This dataset is perfect for various simulation applications such as telecommunications, asset planning, and line-of-sight analysis. 

  • Samples available upon request


Request A Quote

City vector map

Do you need to render a congested urban area in fine, high-quality detail? AW3D Metro is a precise, large-scale 3D city model with national and state-wide coverage. It consists of accurate digital vector maps of buildings, vegetation, bridges, and other artificial structures as well as 3D raster data in resolutions ranging from 0.5 to 1 meter. Whether you're simulating 5G networks, analyzing natural disasters, or devising tomorrow's smart cities, this dataset from AW3D will help you make better strategic decisions faster.

Request A Quote

Vector map of airport

Know every inch of busy airports with these electric terrain and obstacle datasets, optimized to comply with the industry’s major international standards. They’re created from high-resolution satellite imagery — which is required data for every plane’s take-off and landing procedures, as well as managing airport facilities. In addition, these datasets help users create digital vector maps of an airport’s interior and can be updated affordably.  

Request A Quote


Vector Data from Garmin

Extract valuable insights from any location on Earth with Garmin's digital vector maps that reflect real-time changes in detail. Garmin uses precise vector line features to give imagery and other base maps valuable attributes and references. They also add labels, roads, watercourses, municipal and political boundaries, and other features to base imagery to better illustrate the location and impact of your project.  

Garmin continuously updates its worldwide vector data layers. Clients with subscriptions to these data layers receive updates for free. Join the many organizations in defense, intelligence, mining, oil and gas exploration, and general GIS applications that depend on Garmin's layers to superimpose critical business data on accurate base maps.

Types of vector data include:  

  • Line data: Populated places, geographic names, infrastructure facilities, airports, points of interest, ports, spot heights, dams, stadiums, power plants, towers, ski areas, amusement parks, exits, and zip code points  
  • Point data: Hydropolys, urban areas, landmarks, airport footprints, mall and stadium footprints, boundary polygons, land-use land-cover, rail yards, major geo features  
  • Polygon data: Hydropolys, urban areas, landmarks, airport footprints, mall and stadium footprints, boundary polygons, land-use land cover, rail yards, major geo features  


Projection: Latitude/Longitude  

Datum: WGS 84  

Format: ESRI File Geodatabase (FGDB) or Shapefile  

Dates: 2007 — present 


Request A Quote

Vector Data Services

L3Harris’ selection of high-quality custom mapping services is unmatched in the industry. Our expert photogrammetrists, programmers, and imagery scientists draw upon their vast experience and access to nearly all data types from top vendors to provide digital vector maps that remove project uncertainty so you can make swift decisions with confidence.

Aerial Survey Collection

Contour lines on a vector map represent terrain surfaces derived from the Digital Terrain Models (DTM). Contour lines are created by connecting points of equal elevation on DTMs. These lines provide valuable information about the shape, elevation, and slope of land, allowing users to visualize the terrain's characteristics in a dynamic representation.  

  • Unmatched accuracy with intervals up to 1 foot.

Contour Vertical Interval (where applicable)

Map Scale Equivalent

Vertical Accuracy (LE90 - Linear Error with 90% Confidence)

1.0 ft.

1:600 (1” = 50’)

0.5 ft.

2 ft.

1:1200 (1” = 100’)

1.0 ft.

4.0 ft.

1:2400 (1” = 200’)

2.0 ft.

5.0 ft.

1:4800 (1” = 400’)

2.5 ft.

Request A Quote

Aerial Survey Collection

Planimetric maps display the horizontal positions or locations of features on the Earth's surface. This includes roads, rivers, buildings, and other objects as they would appear when viewed from directly above, ignoring variations in elevation. These layers are derived from stereo pairs and triangulation, two techniques we use to accurately determine and represent the horizontal positions of features on a DTM. 

Available planimetric features include: 

  • Paved and Unpaved Surfaces
  • Airports (runways, taxiways, aprons, helipads)
  • Railroads
  • Manmade Structures
  • Water Features
  • Water Structures (bridges, dams, etc.)
  • Barriers
  • Utilities
  • Disturbed areas (construction sites, mines, quarries, etc.)
  • Landmark features
  • Street hardware (signs, billboards, bus stop shelters)
  • Vegetation (trees, orchards/nurseries, crops)


Request A Quote

Vector Map

L3Harris and their partners are experts in feature extraction, the process of identifying and isolating specific geographic features from high-resolution imagery or data. These features can include buildings, roads, rivers, forests, and other elements present on the Earth's surface. Once identified, these features are delineated and represented as points, lines, or polygons within associated vector layers. We offer a total of 46 vector layers containing:  

  • Hydrography
  • Industry
  • Population
  • Utility
  • High volume scalability


Vector extractions based on VMAP1-2 schema.


Request A Quote

Satellite Survey image

Building footprints are extracted from high-resolution satellite or aerial imagery that accurately represent the structure’s outline at ground-level.

  • 2D building footprints correlated to multi-resolution TrueTerrain products
  • 2D building footprints are available with optional Z-value as Building Height & Elevation Height (MSL) attributes


Request A Quote

3D Building Models

Satellite Survey image

3D buildings are extracted from stereo and pseudo-stereo data and can range in detail from simple to complex geometries depending on image resolution and client goals.  

  • Geospecific textures derived from the imagery can be applied to the buildings where available.
  • Building heights are derived photogrammetrically, resulting in accurate and realistic representations of the structure.
  • Multiple supported industry-standard formats are available, including OpenFLT, AutoCAD DXF, OBJ, and more 


Request A Quote

Aerodrome Mapping Database [AMDB]

Satellite Survey image

Visualize every inch of your aerodrome with L3Harris’ high-quality Aerodrome Mapping Databases (AMDB), made from correlated TrueTerrain imagery, DTM elevation data, and vector data—including digital vector maps. Our AMDs are structured GIS datasets that centralize crucial aeronautical and geographical data pertaining to aerodrome facilities and operations. They focus on precise mapping, navigation, and operational support for aviation activities within and around aerodromes, and comply with all industry guidelines and recommendations. Their many benefits include: 

  • Real-world consistency allows users to familiarize themselves with the aerodrome
  • Can be used in ground-based operations management and on-board aircraft systems
  • Enhances safety and situational awareness 


Request A Quote

Satellite Survey image
  • AMDB layers are derived from satellite imagery, which has been georeferenced using survey ground control points. Key airport features are digitized from the georeferenced imagery, resulting in location-specific point, line, and polygon vector feature classes.
  • AMDB layers are organized into 5 categories related to their function within the aerodrome: Runways, Taxiways, Aprons, Vertical Structures, and Other Data.
  • Detailed attributes are added to vector objects using image interpretation, publicly available airport diagrams, and customer-provided data. This attribution provides additional information beyond the spatial location, allowing the user to access specific details relating to the characteristics and function of aerodrome features. 


Request A Quote

Satellite Survey image
  • Compliant with ICAO industry standards such as RTCA DO-272 / ED-99
  • Products are updated to current specifications and versions as they become available
  • AMDB Vector layers are provided in shapefile format.
  • Supported layers also available in AIXM and AMXM schemas.

Terms & Conditions

  • Event Placeholder Banner

    Data & Imagery Products Policies

Related News

Los Angeles Harbour

Editorial | 05. 14. 2024

5 Misconceptions About Satellite Imagery, Part 2

Access to commercial satellite imagery has become increasingly democratized. Students, startups, researchers and casual enthusiasts are leveraging satellite data for various applications – from geocaching to weather monitoring to amateur radio activities.

Los Angeles Harbour

Editorial | 05. 14. 2024

5 Misconceptions About Satellite Imagery, Part 2

Optical Technician lays on diving board suspended between NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Telescope's mirrors.

Editorial | 04. 17. 2024

L3Harris Team Aligns 10 Mirrors for NASA's Roman Telescope

Womens Global Gathering 2024 Luncheon

Editorial | 04. 10. 2024

L3Harris Hosts Women’s Global Gathering Panel on Shaping the Future Space Workforce

Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) and JPSS-4

Editorial | 04. 10. 2024

L3Harris Completes Critical Test of Advanced Sounder for NOAA’s Fourth JPSS Weather Satellite

Total Solar Eclipse

Editorial | 04. 05. 2024

Total Solar Eclipse: A Time to Marvel at the Skies and Reflect on Decades of Discovery

Related Domains & Industries

Solutions that solve our customers' toughest challenges.
view all capabilities