THE BAJA POST
SOURCE: PRN MEDIA
Vexcel Data Program, the world’s largest aerial imagery program, has collected high-resolution aerial imagery of buildings and properties impacted by Hurricane Ian. The unprecedented level of destruction and scope of this event means thousands of homes, buildings, and other structures are destroyed or have sustained heavy damage.
Vexcel, on the behalf of its partner the Geospatial Insurance Consortium (GIC), activated a full response to Hurricane Ian by deploying multiple fixed-wing aircraft to collect super-detailed imagery at a 7.5-10cm resolution. This imagery is being captured with Vexcel’s market-leading UltraCam sensors then put through its world-class processing pipeline and delivered within 24 hours post-collection.
Both orthomosiac and oblique aerial imagery are published, providing multiple views of the damaged areas in Florida.
In addition, Vexcel and GIC will provide property-level damage assessments by applying machine learning to its aerial imagery. The damage assessment includes an overall Post Catastrophic score, approximate FEMA classification, roof damage analysis, and several pre-disaster attributes (roof material, footprint area, roof shape) for every residential building.
Using this aerial imagery and data analytics, users can:
- Better manage and scale responses to heavily impacted customers
- Proactively identify insurance policy holders with damaged property and begin the claims process immediately
- Deploy resources, i.e., field adjusters, utilities, and emergency managers more effectively and safely with detailed information
- Pinpoint key learnings to shore up underwriting and risk policies for future events
Imagery is available in Vexcel’s web-based Viewer, partner platforms, and via APIs and Image Services for ArcGIS.
Free Access to Emergency Mangers
Since 2017, Vexcel and GIC have provided their disaster aerial imagery at no-cost to first responders and emergency managers. Emergency teams can request access at: https://gic.org/disaster-response/