Newsletter

Subscribe

PSMA Australia and DigitalGlobe accelerate continent-scale mapping

psma-digitalglobe-2016

DigitalGlobe and PSMA Australia will accelerate operations to map the entirety of the man-made environment across the Australian continent using DigitalGlobe’s ‘Geospatial Big Data platform’ (GBDX). A new follow-on contract has been awarded to DigitalGlobe to deploy the GBDX and realise PSMA Australia’s award winning Geoscape initiative. The GBDX will analyse satellite imagery and crowdsourced data to map and characterise the physical attributes of more than 15 million structures across Australia.

DigitalGlobe delivered the first phase of the project in April when selected urban areas around Australia were first covered by the Geoscape approach. For the continent-scale initiative, GBDX will scale up the operations with deep learning algorithms used to create a massive amount of geospatial content and location information.

Geoscape will capture a host of valuable location and structural information on buildings across Australia, including features such as building footprints and heights, rooftop materials, solar panels, and swimming pools. The information will be derived from more than 7.6 million square kilometers of high-resolution satellite imagery, proprietary DigitalGlobe and ecosystem partner technologies and crowdsourced data.

“DigitalGlobe developed GBDX and the partner ecosystem to enable the world to be analysed at scale and critical decisions to be made with confidence,” said Shay Har-Noy, DigitalGlobe’s Platform General Manager. “Geoscape is a massive endeavour for which we’re bringing together our GBDX ecosystem, amazing imagery, and deep learning technology to convert terabytes of imagery into precise information about the built environment for the entire Australian continent.”

The resulting Geoscape data will be able to provide a comprehensive view into the location, distribution, and characteristics of structures around the entire continent with unprecedented fidelity. These insights can be applied broadly for applications such as insurance risk modelling, urban planning and services delivery, emergency planning and management, business intelligence, research, and policy development.

“Information about the built environment is the missing link in Australia’s otherwise excellent location data framework,” said Dan Paull, PSMA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Working with DigitalGlobe, we have been able to combine innovative technologies and techniques to create Geoscape and develop an award-winning solution to the challenges presented by Australia’s massive size.”

PSMA Australia’s Geoscape initiative was first announced in the cover story of the April/May issue of Position Magazine.

200-position magazine-82

You may also like to read:


, , , ,


Newsletter

Sign up now to stay up to date about all the news from Spatial Source. You will get a newsletter every week with the latest news.

Expediting the Internet of Things and smart cities
Thinxtra and Position Partners join forces to create smart c...
YellowScan launches real-time UAV LiDAR platform
The LiveStation in-flight platform allows surveyors to monit...
Tensions reach breaking point in land titles sell-off
Surveyors and lawyers battle against LPI privatisation, whil...
Drones go hyperspectral to expose Ningaloo Reef in new detail
UAV combines with hyperspectral remote sensing to open new f...
GeoSLAM’s ‘democratisation’ of laser scanning
Originally developed by CSIRO and 3D Laser Mapping, GeoSLAM...
Leica’s BLK360 laser scanner claims another prize
The Leica BLK360 laser scanner has not been released yet, bu...