To provide rapid collection, processing and delivery of aerial imagery for the areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the NICB Geospatial Intelligence Center (GIC) is partnering with a coalition of leading geospatial companies.
Under the direction of Vexcel Imaging, three of the nation’s largest aerial mapping firms—Sanborn Map Company, Quantum Spatial and Keystone Aerial Surveys—are deploying aircraft equipped with UltraCam highly accurate aerial sensors over the impacted areas in Texas and Florida. 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 is collecting 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 is being 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 is targeting 506 square miles aggregate of high value in the hurricane’s path using the UltraCam Osprey. This includes Greater Miami and coast through Ft Lauderdale and the Florida Keys. Additionally, 13,787 square miles of high-resolution vertical imagery will be collected using the UltraCam Eagle. This coverage includes 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 all collections, imagery is available the evening after collection.