Archive for the ‘Aerial Photos’ Category

2008 Imagery updates from USDA – current status for Kansas.

September 12, 2008

We’ve got a bunch of rural customers.  Folks that don’t have a lot of scratch that have come to rely on the USDA NAIP flights (for better or for worse).  I inquired today with the APFO as to the current state of completion for Kansas.  If you can read a FIPS code (had enough acronyms yet?) then you’ll be happy to know the following are 2008 1m flights have been processed as compressed color mosaics (CCM) for Kansas (State code is 20, btw) –

001, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 15, 19, 21, 25, 31, 33, 35, 37, 43, 45, 47, 57, 59, 73, 77, 79, 83, 87, 91, 95, 97, 99, 103, 107, 111, 121, 125, 131, 133, 139, 151, 155, 173, 177, 185, 191, 205, 207 and 209.

At present, it looks like you have to order direct from APFO if you really really want it.  I did dump this into a spreadsheet for my own use.  If you ask real nice, I might send you a copy.

In related news, I was at the NRCS geospatial data gateway and noticed that NAIP was NOT available for download.  APFO didn’t have a reason when I asked.   I’m hoping this is temporary,  otherwise I’ll just chew on someone else’s bandwidth.

Greensburg Aerials Avalable via Google Earth.

May 10, 2007

Just passing this on (like others before) so it reaches everyone that may have need –

The Google “geo-web” folks  have released a KML with imagery from Digital Globe of the after-effects of the Greensburg EF5.

GeoEye Buys M.J. Harden from GE

March 30, 2007

I thought this worth mentioning because M.J. Harden is just up the road in Mission (KC metro). Plus, there are quite a few folks here in the region that use Harden as their Aerial Photography vendor. Though I’ve seen this twice now in geospatial newsletters, I can’t seem to find info on either company’s site as of this posting.

On paper it seems like a pretty good acquisition for GeoEye. Satellites are great, but there’s always going to be a need to fly because of the temporal resolution shortcomings (timeliness) of orbital spacecraft. On the other hand, Harden’s done a lot in oil & gas pipeline management as well. Though the articles only mention it a little, it was pretty big business for them; though not really GeoEye’s bailiwick, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was sloughed off eventually.
On a side note, it seems to me that Harden lost a bit of its identity under the GE umbrella (just look @ what passes for their website), so maybe this is the change they were looking for.

Check it out – the NRCS Geospatial Data Gateway

October 18, 2006

I don’t know where I’ve been that I hadn’t heard about this before. I was flipping through a a Geoworld magazine (the last surviving GIS trade mag as far as I know) when I noticed that the resource of the month was the NRCS Geospatial Data Gateway; implemented by my former employer, the good ol’ USDA. I decided to kick the tires on their service. Read on for my take –

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Sedgwick County, KS Gets Georeferenced Oblique Imagery.

October 2, 2006

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.”