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Just had this cross my desk today. USGS is announcing that they have a new tool that lets you define an AOI, specify the NED dataset to use, name the output shapefile, contour interval, and units, and then have it create a custom contour dataset you can instantly download. It didn't appear my test from Kauai worked, but other areas on the mainland worked great. From the Email:

The URL for the Contour-Out service is:

http://igskmncnwb010...?op=getContours

To use the service, go to the URL to get the input screen, populate the fields, and hit the "invoke" button. The service will generate the specified output, and designate a "clickable" location for you to go get the output file. Be careful, and caution your partners not to get carried away with the specified contour intervals -- remember that contours that met NMAS at 10-feet, will NOT meet any kind of accuracy standard at 4 feet.


I'd suggest:
-in the "Elevation_Source" field you always input the value "BEST_AVAILABLE".
-specify a name that makes sense to you in the "Optional_Shapefile_Name" field
-other "Option" fields can be used but are not "required" for data output.
-Otherwise, you'll want to input data in the form:

See the attached screen shot.

Elevation Source available options: NED_10_METER, NED_30_METER, or BEST_AVAILABLE
Default output location: http:\\igskmncnwb010.cr.usgs.gov\output\contours3201435467055.zip
it can be pasted in web browser and downloaded.
The coordinates are for Gillett Grove, IA, contours are attributed with ID, CCONTOUR, UNITS, INTERVAL, INDEX_FLAG (indicates whether this is an index contour
For this quadrangle the 5 meter interval generated 178 contour lines.

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It seems to make its own index interval and chokes if you specify one

and

it can only take an AOI up to 110% of a quad sheet, so says an error message.




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