Maxar unit produces U.S. building footprint data set
DIGITALGLOBE, A Maxar Technologies Ltd. company, has produced the first precision, GISready building footprints data set of the entire United States in partnership with Ecopia Tech Corp. Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe, available for order today, includes more than 169 million building footprints created by proprietary artificial intelligence algorithms in combination with DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution, high-accuracy satellite imagery. The detailed data set helps customers save time and money by knowing exactly what the built environment looks like in their area of interest, allowing them to make decisions with confidence.
The 2-D vector polygon data set has a greater-than-95per-cent accuracy rating, a uniquely high percentage in the industry, and will be refreshed every six months based on new DigitalGlobe imagery received through the company’s Geospatial Big Data platform (GBDX), ensuring the most current foundational information is available to inform customer decisions on projects like mapping, insurance risk assessment, disaster management and land administration.
Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe has already enabled a number of projects: 1. Natural gas pipeline operators are federally required to annually locate, count and classify every building within a specific distance of their pipeline. One of the largest pipeline operators in the United States streamlined a traditionally manual and time-consuming workflow for locating and digitizing building footprints by using more than 700,000 building footprints, which were produced in a matter of days instead of the traditional months-long time frame.
2. One of the largest global development organizations commissioned DigitalGlobe and Ecopia.ai to use its innovative process to create building footprints for the entire country of Tanzania for use in settlement mapping analysis because a current map did not exist for much of this country. The partnership created 18 million building footprints in three weeks, supporting public health campaigns, sustainability initiatives and risk reduction. “The combination of Ecopia.ai’s algorithms and DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution satellite imagery accessed through GBDX creates reliable, game-changing solutions for many industries. Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe puts readily available data in customers’ hands to make timely business decisions and eliminates the need for manual, slow and expensive on-the-ground surveys,” said Bill Singleton, Ecopia Tech Corp. vice-president. “We are proud to bring a product to market that has the potential to transform many applications, such as reducing the time between census data collection from once per decade to once per year for civil governments.” “DigitalGlobe is proud to of-
fer a product of unmatched quality, accuracy and completeness that is quickly produced and easy to access,” said Amy Minnick, DigitalGlobe senior vice-president and general manager of commercial. “We see great potential for Ecopia Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe to be used as a foundational data source in a wide variety of commercial and global development applications. Creating highquality building footprints with Ecopia.ai will help build a better world.” DigitalGlobe and Ecopia.ai will extract building footprints for major international locations by the beginning of 2019. Additionally, the partnership is ready to produce building footprints anywhere in the world based on customer request.
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