Digital Raster Acquisition Project for the East (DRAPE) imagery (2014)

Available through both Scholars GeoPortal and the Geospatial Centre, this imagery covers approximately 37,290 square kilometres in eastern Ontario and was collected in leaf off conditions between April 28th and June 7th, 2014. Imagery is available in 1 km tiles.

Digital Raster Acquisition Project for the East imagery (DRAPE) was created by Frugo Geospatial, and distributed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Frugo Geospatial collected the data from Leica ADS100 Digital Camera systems, including inertial measuring unit (IMU) and dual frequency airborne GPS receivers. Data resolution is 20 cm.

DRAPE 2014 - additional metadata

DRAPE imagery covers the following counties/ districts:

  • Frontenac County
  • Keptville District
  • Leeds and Grenville United Counties
  • Lenark County
  • Lennox and Addington County
  • Nippissing District
  • Ottawa-Carlton Regional Municipality
  • Renfrew County

Indexes for DRAPE imagery                                                                 (download file for viewing):

2014 Drape coverage of indexes

Spatial reference and data type

These georeferenced images are available in Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates; horizontal datum is North American Datum (NAD) 83.  They are stored as 20 cm true colour 1km x 1km TIFF and JPG 2 files. Average file size for the TIFF tiles is 100 MB, and for the JPG 2 tiles 12 MB.

Data access

In order to access these data sets, please visit the Geospatial Centre Reference Desk during reference hours. Library reference staff are available to provide further information about these data sets and to deliver data upon request. Under the terms of the Library's license agreement, these data sets are for use by students, faculty, and staff at the University of Waterloo only.

Data manipulation and storage

There are public workstations in the Geospatial Centre that provide access to ArcGIS and software programs, program extensions and data manipulation utilities. Patrons may use the Geographic Information System (GIS) and image processing software in the library to view and manipulate the data. UWaterloo faculty, students and staff may copy these data to other media for use elsewhere.

Data output

These images may be exported from ArcGIS in a choice of bitmapped formats (also known as raster graphics) including JPG, TIFF, GIF, and BMP or in a choice of vector graphics formats including Adobe Illustrator (AI), Encapsulated Postscript (EPS), and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). Yet another option is PDF. The user defines the output resolution.

Use restrictions/licensing/copyright

These data are provided for personal use for academic, research, and/or teaching purposes. Library staff will ask patrons to read and sign a data release agreement before these licensed data can be released. Frugo Geospatial must be acknowledged on any derivative product, whether printed or electronic, including for example, a printed map, a raster or vector graphic, a web-based application, etc. Patrons are advised to fully respect the provisions of Canada's Copyright Act as well as terms and conditions imposed by the data provider.


Digital Raster Acquisition Project for the East (DRAPE): Orthoimagery 2014 [computer file]. Frugo Geospatial.

2014 Drape imagery