LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014 - Civil engineers and architects often require quick access to site images to track changes on a site or to see how a site has changed over time. A service called NearMap is coming to the United States from Australia to provide such a service.
NearMAP collects aerial and digital elevation models (DEM) of the United States. It does this by periodically flying planes that capture data. This data is then processed and made available either through a browser or through a GIS connection utilizing WMS (Web Map Service) to its subscribers. The browser access provides tools to measure, profile, and explore your site. The service even allows you to compare two different dates. The terrain is also shown in the view. The imagery may be downloaded from the site either by selecting the entire screen or a portion of it. In addition, basic site tools may be utilized to help plan a site and convey the preliminary design intent. DEM data is also purported to be available, but I couldn’t find a way to download the information. The site utilizes the Google Maps technology so most of the user interface to find your location is logical to use and shows the roads in and around the area of your project.
|Christopher Fugitt is a civil engineer who has worked in both design and construction. He is the owner and blogger at Civil 3D Reminders and currently provides civil engineering related services through his company, Civil Reminders. More…|