To provide rapid collection, processing and delivery of aerial imagery for the areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as the Northern California region impacted by the October 2017 wildfires, the NICB Geospatial Intelligence Center (GIC) has partnered with a coalition of leading geospatial companies.
Under the direction of Vexcel Imaging, several of the nation’s largest aerial mapping firms—Sanborn Map Company, Quantum Spatial, Keystone Aerial Surveys and GPI Geospatial—deployed aircraft equipped with UltraCam highly accurate aerial sensors over the impacted areas in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico,the US Virgin Islands and Northern California. The coalition’s efforts will assist first responders, humanitarian organizations, federal and state agencies, and insurers by providing them with high-resolution imagery that will provide actionable insight into the situation on the ground.
Rounding out the partnership, global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, Esri, is providing a custom, web-based ArcGIS application for rapid access to the imagery through a web browser on any desktop PC, tablet or mobile device. The web application will allow for searching an address or POI, taking accurate measurements, viewing side-by-side imagery (before/after), as well as viewing additional information layered on top of the imagery.
In response to Hurricane Harvey, the NICB coalition collected ultra-high resolution oblique/3D imagery and vertical imagery over towns that were near the hurricane’s path using Vexcel’s UltraCam Osprey. At the same time, vertical imagery was captured over 3,000 square miles of Greater Houston and the surrounding counties using Vexcel’s UltraCam Eagle.
In response to Hurricane Irma, the coalition targeted 506 square miles aggregate of high value in the hurricane’s path using the UltraCam Osprey. This included Greater Miami and coast through Ft Lauderdale and the Florida Keys. Additionally, 13,787 square miles of high-resolution vertical imagery was collected using the UltraCam Eagle. This coverage included Southeast Florida from the Keys up to Vero Beach, Southwest Florida from Naples to Bradenton, 4 large blocks centered around greater Tampa area and Great Orlando area, as well as Central Florida covering 12 counties.
For Hurricane Maria, a 1,250 mile strip along the northern coast of Puerto Rico–roughly 60% of the island–was targeted for 6″ nadir collection using the UltraCam Eagle.
Responding to the Northern California wildfires, areas of interest totaling 190 square miles has been collected in 3″ nadir using the UltraCam Eagle.
For all collections, imagery was available the evening after collection.