Here is a nice story looking at how Travelers is using aerial imagery and mapping to service customers more quickly during catastrophic events like the California wildfires. Access to imagery during and following these events allows travelers to expedite claims, even in areas that are not physically accessible to inspectors. By overlaying the data on maps marking its customers’ locations, the company can quickly identify those who are likely to have been affected, said Jim Wucherpfennig, Travelers vice president of claims. Workers were able to see what roads were open andSEE DETAILS
Among the property damage resulting from the Woosley fires is the Paramount ranch, as covered here in USA today. This site was the shoot location for countless films and TV shows since 1950. You can explore GIC Hi-res aerial imagery of the location in our public map viewer here.
With the California fires still spreading, there has been a lot of media coverage of the events with a number of organizations relying on the GIC for imagery for use in print and broadcast.USA Today featured hi resolution imagery from the GIC as well as a quote from NICB’s Jim Schweitzer in a story focused on the hardship many California homeowners will face in the wake of the fires. The story was in the online edition November 13 and then featured on the front page of the November 14 printSEE DETAILS
Today we published Colored Infrared (CIR) imagery for the Thousand Oaks region. Over the next few days we will publish CIR for the remainder of the Woolsey fire as well as the Campfire in Northern California.CIR imagery is useful in some cases to determine structural damage and to identify vegetation around structures. You can toggle this layer on and off quite easily with the Layer List in the NICB application:At the bottom of the window, press the Layer List icon highlighted hereIn the Layer list, Check ‘Gray Sky 2018 ColorSEE DETAILS
For many, this simple tip might be old news. But for many others it could provide a huge productivity boost. In the GIC web application, in addition to searching for a location by street address, you can also search by latitude/longitude coordinate. Coordinates are most commonly represented in databases as decimal degrees. If you have a pair of numbers like 34.20153, -118.680375 you have a valid latitude, longitude coordinate that you can search on. Simply paste the coordinate into the search box and hit Enter, and you are taken toSEE DETAILS