Sedgwick County, KS Gets Georeferenced Oblique Imagery.

While reading a business analytics digest from Geospatial Solutions (I was trying to fall asleep), I chanced up on this press release from Multivision USA. According to the site, the Sedgwick County Appraiser’s Office has received oblique aerial imagery that has been georeferenced to the county’s existing orthophotography. Windows Live Local has oblique views for more metropolitan areas, but it’s view-only stuff, & you kind of get lost flipping between views unless you’re familiar with the area of interest.

The neat thing about the imagery that Sedgwick County received (according to Multivision USA) is that the obliques have been integrated spatially with the orthophotography, allowing for accurate measurements done remotely. With the cost of fuel (manpower ain’t cheap either), it’s no wonder the Appraiser’s office was looking into this kind of alternative.

It appears that special software may be needed to fully use & interpret the obliques, but Multivision claims seamless integration into ESRI products without additional software. There’s no word yet as to when the imagery will be available to the public, but Sedgwick County’s always been real good about public data accessibility. I’ve got a query in to the Appraiser’s office & I’ll let you know if I hear something.

Update: Here’s a bit more on the status of the data, straight from the Sedgwick County Appraiser, Mike Borchard

“We don’t have a plan for this yet but hope to make them available at some point.  A GIS application will likely be the source.  We really have just gotten the images and viewer installed on a few desktops now and are still learning functionality.” 

2 Responses to “Sedgwick County, KS Gets Georeferenced Oblique Imagery.”

  1. Mapping for the Masses Says:

    Check out this application that has extension to bring in obliques…

  2. Mapping for the Masses Says:

    Check out this application….

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