- Published: 22 July 2022
Vexcel’s latest tool provides access to automatic insights into the building attributes of hundreds of millions of residential properties in more than 25 countries.
Smart city planners can now access automatic insights and learning on the attributes of hundreds of millions of residential properties in more than 25 countries.
Elements: Building Attributes is the latest product from photogrammetric and remote sensing specialist Vexcel Data Program, which claims to improve the understanding of built structures in seconds.
Vexcel is the company behind one of the largest aerial programmes in the world and its library of geospatial data is accessed by governments as well as those in architecture, construction, energy, engineering, telecoms and utilities.
The data provided is created and derived from Vexcel’s urban area collection and wide area collection programmes, which also include rural areas in more than 20 countries. Vexcel’s UltraCam sensors are calibrated to collect highly accurate imagery and positioning, resulting in highly detailed building outlines and attributes for improved visualisation and analysis.
The company has been growing its aerial imagery coverage globally and is now applying machine learning to analyse buildings and deliver information at a higher level and scale. Building and roof attributes are automatically calculated and available to users via Vexcel’s API and web-based application, Viewer.
“Advanced classification on our high-resolution aerial imagery is needed more than ever before,” said Erik Jorgensen, CEO of Vexcel Group. “This helps our customers make better decisions with greater confidence, whether it’s an insurer using these details to underwrite a policy or property assessors performing more accurate desktop assessment, there’s endless opportunity for enhancing workflows and decision-making. We strongly believe in the value of detailed information that can be derived from the highest quality imagery.”
Starting with location coordinates, a user can request building attribute information for the closest building or structure. Users have immediate access to a building’s footprint area, ground elevation, roof condition, roof shape, roof material, defensible space metrics, and many other useful pieces of data.
Examples of how multiple industries could benefit from this information include:
- Smart cities – project planners can use the building geometry to create more accurate 3D models
- Telecom – network designers can map clean lines-of-sight to reduce signal interference between transmitters
- Insurance – risk analysts can perform better wildfire risk reviews using defensible space information
- Real estate – realtors can validate building features and benefits when listing a property
- Property assessment – tax assessors can remotely evaluate buildings and track changes or improvements to homes for updating tax rolls
- HD maps – map engineers can verify building locations to map expanding neighbourhoods, validate unmanned aerial vehicle delivery service coordinates, and support more accurate autonomous vehicle mapping.
Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 13.07.2022