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Gray Sky, News
Gaining access to high resolution aerial imagery immediately after a disaster like Hurricane Michael is critical for rescue, insurance claims assessment, and humanitarian efforts. The ability to enter an address and instantly see the nearby conditions has obvious benefits. But when the area affected is as large as Michael’s, it is impossible to manually  inspect every area. This is where AI and computer vision play an increasingly important role in post-disaster operations.

Our partners at Munich RE have trained a model to asses roof damage from high resolution aerial imagery, and this layer is now live in the public GIC map application.

This makes it possible for an assessor to immediately focus in on a hard hit region. As an example, here is an area in Panama City right in the storms path. Yet not all property sustained equal damage. Here we see a great example of where the model correctly detected light, medium, and high roof damage all in an area roughly the size of a few sports fields.  Click here to explore the area shown below in our public map viewer. And a huge thanks to the team at Munich RE for creating this valuable data layer so quickly!

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Gray Sky, News
Captured with Vexel’s highest resolution camera, we now have our first 360 degree oblique images of Hurricane Michael’s devastation online. With oblique views, you can look at the sides of houses and not just the roof. You can also rotate to see up to 4 views of a single property. As of this evening we have Port St. Joe, Panama City, Mexico Beach, and Dothan available, with more imagery being published throughout the evening.

For comparison, here is the Nadir view of the same location as the image featured above.


Oblique 360 imagery is currently available in the NICB Web application. Click here to view the imagery.
https://maps.geointel.org/app/nicb/?extent=-9509314.5367%2C3497107.2247%2C-9509171.2173%2C3497179.1083%2C102100

To turn on the Oblique imagery viewer, look for the Oblique  Viewer button in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. Once loaded, you can click on the main map to bring up the corresponding oblique image in the viewer. There you also have access to tools like a ruler, compass and exposure adjustment.


This imagery is also available programmatically via REST api or WMTS layer here: https://maps2.geointel.org/server/rest/services/Vexcel_Gray_Sky_2018_Oblique/ImageServer

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