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Institutional | NEARMAP US INC.
Nearmap's Vertical images
give users a top-down view
of the land in Las Vegas.
MapBrowser, an easy-to-use tool that allows
customers to switch back and forth between
different forms of location content. "It's literally one click and it takes you to the same
area," he says, noting that it also features a
The Map Browser allows the images to be
easily exported and customized so that they
can be used in project proposals. "It gives
construction executives and customers
confidence [when they] see this imagery,"
company's Panorama images
give viewers an uninterrupted
view of the land.
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At Every Stage
Nearmap's benefits for construction users
start at the site identification stage and carry into estimates, Agresta says. If a land developer wanted to create a master-planned
community, they could use the MapBrowser
to look at nearby locations, the impact
on neighboring communities, roadways,
entrance and exit options.
Users can evaluate the amount of vegetation on the land as well as the heights of
the local buildings. After that, "They'll make
assessments if this is a viable piece of land
on which to build," Agresta says.
The imagery also can be connected to
products from Autodesk or Esri to view
simulations of various aspects of the
project or build custom solutions that
encompass other data layers. Architects
and civil engineers can model new forms
of infrastructure. City planners and design
"It makes modeling and smart city development easier," he says.
When that is done, a proposal for the
project can be developed, and Nearmap can
help track changes on the site over time.
The general contractor on the project also
can use Nearmap's archive to look at how
the site has evolved over the years.
"You can see how the landscape
changed," he says, noting that the photos allow them to look at how the local buildings'
rooftops changed as well. "It is all accessible
from Esri and specific Autodesk products."
The contractors also can use the images
to increase collaboration. For example, if
one person viewing an image sees a water
issue on the site, "They can annotate it,
export and share it, [and tell them], 'This is
where the piping and drainage is going to
go,'" he says.
"The way people did this in the past was