NICB GIC exists to serve the insurance industry with geospatial support and data collected annually as well as to first responders in disaster situations.
We use state-of-the art UltraCam aerial and terrestrial sensor systems from Vexcel Imaging. These sensors take advantage of the latest in imaging technology to provide sharp, noise-free and highly detailed imagery for the utmost clarity for visual assessments and accuracy for automated analytics. The systems are highly efficient which allows us to contain operational costs and offer programs to our members at annual assessments that are lower than the fees of other providers.
With an imaging footprint of 38,000 pixels across the flight path, the UltraCam Condor captures super wide flight lines providing greater coverage in shorter time. large regions – even continents – in record-time and producing imagery of the renowned UltraCam quality. We leverage this wide area collection capacity to provide GIC members with high-resolution vertical imagery of the entire continental US as part of our Annual Imagery program as well as for large areas impacted by disaster as part of our Disaster Response program.
The UltraCam Osprey captures vertical imagery and oblique imagery in the same pass! Oblique imagery offers 45° perspectives of properties and locations from all four cardinal directions allowing viewers to see and measure not only the top of objects but the sides as well. We put the Osprey to work in support of our Annual Imagery and Disaster Response programs to enable remote inspection of all sides of properties.
Other UltraCam Aerial Models
To provide GIC members with pre- and post-disaster aerial imagery, we partner with the finest aerial mapping organizations across the US and southern Canada. The heart of the business for these “flyers” are UltraCam Eagle and UltraCam Falcon aerial sensors. The most widely used digital aerial sensors among worldwide mapping organizations, these systems are capable of capturing large swaths of data at varying altitudes and high mission speed. While we have standardized on the UltraCam Condor and UltraCam Osprey for our Annual Imagery program, it is often more time-efficient in a disaster situation to mobilize aircraft equipped with an Eagle or Falcon that is situated within close proximity of an event. With these assets located at 37 hangars across the US and Southern Canada, we are able respond to any disaster event within a two-hour window.
In addition to aerial views, we provide street-level intelligence of disaster sites through 360° panoramic imagery along made possible using the UltraCam Mustang, offering you a “boots on the ground” perspective. Planned for use in our Annual Imagery program, the Mustang will also provide GIC members with elevation data produced through high-density point clouds.
State-of-the-art hardware is fully exploited when matched with leading-edge software technology. The GIC software stack begins with highly automated processing to rapidly generate quality imagery and data products from sensor collections and is complemented by the most widely adopted GIS software extract intelligence for faster and smarter decision making.
UltraCam aerial and terrestrial imagery and derivative products are generated using Vexcel Imaging’s UltraMap workflow stack. UltraMap’s architecture and high-level of automation allows us to rapidly and highly efficiently process imagery from raw UltraCam data and to publish post disaster imagery within 24 hours of collection. From that same imagery, UltraMap produces high accurate point clouds, digital surface models, orthophotos and 3D TINS.
Esri's ArcGIS Online
Through partnership with Esri, the leading provider of GIS software and services, we publish our imagery and provide tools to exploit that imagery through our ArcGIS Online based GIC Web Portal. A cloud service, ArcGIS provides instant access to image updates published and allows you to compare side-by-side pre- and post-disaster time-stamped imagery, view oblique imagery from all 4 cardinal directions, take measurements, layer georeferenced PIFs and other location-based content, and perform spatial analytics using built in trends data.
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