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Seeing is Believing: The Top 6 Attributes of Aerial Imagery for Engineering & Construction

Posted by Tony Agresta on Sep 28, 2016 12:52:30 PM

There’s a lifecycle in civil engineering and construction. Projects are born and mature over time. As they speed to completion, developers, engineers, designers and construction pros work diligently to minimize risk every step of the way. 

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Topics: aerial imagery, site planning, construction, urban planning, civil engineering

Aerial Imagery Market Projected to Exceed $3.4 Billion by 2023—What’s Driving the Growth?

Posted by Tony Agresta on Aug 26, 2016 9:20:33 AM

His nickname is "Nadar" and he's recognized as the person who took the first aerial photo in 1858 over Paris, France. At the time, Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (Nadar), the French photographer and balloonist, likely did not envision the aerial imagery market would grow to exceed $3.4 billion. Yet, that's what Transparency Market Research projects by 2023 as reported in their recent research "Aerial Imagery Market: 2015 to 2023". What's driving the growth? At a high level: 1) new and expanding application areas, 2) the rising popularity of location-based services and 3) rapid developments in technology.

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Topics: Solar, aerial imagery, site planning, construction, architecture, gis, local goverment, urban planning, assessment

Government Efficiency: Apex, North Carolina Reaches New Heights

Posted by Tony Agresta on Jul 26, 2016 7:12:11 PM

In August 2015, Apex North Carolina, a fast growing town near Raleigh was rated #1 in Money Magazine's Best Places to Live. Blessed with a charming downtown, highly rated schools, a community spirit second to none and high paying tech jobs, the population of Apex has more than doubled since 2000 and there’s no end in sight. Growth is the new normal for Apex where a three-bedroom home costs an average of $265,000 and a 7,000-Acre area called Research Triangle Park is only 18 miles away. Tech jobs abound and fuel the growth. But with it comes the ever present need to work smarter, plan better and ensure the citizens of Apex and surrounding towns continue to live, work and play in one of the finest places in the US.

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Topics: site planning, local goverment, urban planning

Elvis Has Made A Building

Posted by Nearmap US on Mar 18, 2016 7:26:07 AM

A new construction project next to an American icon is a big site planning challenge. See how construction professionals can use nearmap’s high-resolution PhotoMaps™ of projects like this to survey and monitor progress with confidence.

In 1957, Elvis Presley purchased a property called Graceland Farms. The site included a colonial revival mansion in an oak grove and several acres of land. At the time of that purchase, Graceland Farms was miles away from Memphis’s urban core, in what was then a rural area. This location suited Elvis very well, as he was trying to get away from the attention of fans and paparazzi who had gotten in the habit of hanging outside his first home in Memphis.

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Topics: site planning, construction, real estate, property development, local goverment

Taking the Mickey: Disney Goes Solar

Posted by Nearmap US on Feb 19, 2016 9:15:27 PM

A new solar farm near Epcot Center is causing quite a stir in the media, but this green energy project at the Happiest Place on Earth is 50 years in the making.

In the mid-1960's, when Walt Disney selected 25,000 acres of mostly uninhabited swampland and forest to build his second theme park, the area was so remote that the nearest power and water lines were 10 to 15 miles away. Furthermore, the property straddled 2 separate counties and neither of the counties had the services or resources needed to support a resort of that size. 

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Topics: Solar, News, site planning, construction, architecture, local goverment

Levi's Stadium: 18 Months of Change Captured in High Resolution

Posted by Nearmap US on Feb 5, 2016 10:02:29 AM

Like the players that will be running onto the field, Levi's Stadium is donning its uniform in preparation for this weekend's Super Bowl. nearmap has a special affinity with this stadium—not just because it’s our home field, but also because it opened at the same time as we expanded our aerial survey work to the US. Over the past 18 months, we have surveyed the South Bay area 8 times creating a timeline of the stadium from opening; 49ers 2014 season opener (a win for the Denver Broncos); LA Kings and San Jose Sharks NHL Stadium Series game, and now the Super Bowl 50. The above timeline goes through the stadium activities showing how nearmap helps track change.

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Topics: aerial imagery, site planning, gis

The Benefits of a 2 Tier GIS Strategy

Posted by Nearmap US on Feb 2, 2016 7:43:01 PM

GIS is here to stay but the future belongs to organizations that can better implement their geospatial technology to be useful to all.

GIS data has traditionally been implemented by organizations in such a way that it requires a team of highly trained GIS scientists and specialists to analyze the data linked to the locations it focuses on.

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Topics: News, gis

An Urban Developer's Dream Come True?

Posted by Nearmap US on Jan 21, 2016 9:06:54 AM

What do atomic fallout, The Beatles and aerial mapping have in common? What if you throw in The Cold War and the 1989 World Series that was interrupted by a 6.9 earthquake? Add years of urban neglect plus a secret military laboratory where radiation tests were conducted and you’ll only just begin to scratch the surface of San Francisco’s forgotten southeast corner of Hunter's Point, now in the midst of an 8 billion dollar urban renewal—the largest redevelopment project in the city’s history.

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Topics: aerial imagery, site planning, satellite imagery, construction, architecture

Aerial Mapping as a Service Has Arrived

Posted by Nearmap US on Jan 20, 2016 11:31:04 AM


There is a quiet revolution happening in the GIS and aerial mapping industries. Fueled by the convergence of cloud computing, digital automation and Internet distribution, this quiet revolution is creating unique opportunities to end dated legacies within the aerial and satellite mapping industries and to move full fledged into subscription aerial mapping.

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Topics: Insider, aerial imagery, satellite imagery

Facebook Goes Gehry

Posted by Nearmap US on Dec 15, 2015 5:58:30 PM
Exploring Architectural Nirvana in Silicon Valley with nearmap's Historical Imagery Tool

Silicon Valley is well known around the world for technical innovations. What it isn’t known for is architectural achievements. Most global Silicon Valley powerhouses started life in humble suburban garages, only to progress into nondescript offices in nondescript suburbs between San Francisco and San Jose, CA.

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Topics: site planning, construction, architecture