USGS Optical Science Lab
The USGS Optical Science Laboratory (OSL) is closing April 1, 2017. The Lab will accept camera calibration requests through 3:00 pm, December 30, 2016. Any request after that shall not be considered. Please see closure announcement here.
Providing cartographic information for the United States
Over the years, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Report of Calibration has become the de facto requirement of other U.S. Federal agencies, as well as State and local governments. Staff of the OSL meticulously perform the calibration process and, barring internal lens changes due to factory repair work or rough usage, provide an unbiased evaluation in a standardized, repeatable test environment. This ensures consistent results from calibration to calibration. The USGS Report of Calibration is valid for three years from the date of issue. To maintain calibration currency, the camera must have been calibrated at the Optical Science Laboratory (OSL) within the past three years.
The OSL also provides technical assistance to Government agencies, the private sector, and commercial manufacturers.
Visiting the Optical Science Laboratory
The Optical Science Laboratory is located in the J.W. Powell Federal Building on the campus of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Center in Reston, Virgina. Reston is located in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. For a site map and directions to the USGS National Center from Washington Dulles International Airport and from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, please visit http://www.usgs.gov/ask/.
Although we cannot endorse local businesses, we offer the following links as a starting point to help you locate lodging when you are staying in northern Virginia:
- The Washington, D.C. Convention and Visitors Association Web Site
- The Northern Virginia Worldwide Web site
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Please note: Visits to the Optical Science Laboratory should be arranged in advance by contacting the OSL.
- USGS Optical Science Laboratory
- SGT Contractor – Scott Stephens
- SGT Contractor – Omar Patterson
- U.S. Geological Survey
- 518 National Center, MS 518
- Reston, VA 20192-0001
- Telephone: 703-648-4692
- Fax: 703-648-4155