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Municipal Challenges with Geospatial Data

Today, the majority of municipalities face crippling inefficiencies when creating a digital twin of their region for the betterment of their community. Critical objectives — pedestrian safety, emergency services, taxation, and more — rely on accurate, up-to-date geospatial data. Without it, these objectives take too long to plan and execute, and sub-par accuracy creates organizational and logistical challenges.

Making matters worse, municipalities are routinely handicapped by their geospatial imagery renewal cycles that can often exceed several years — a result of budgetary constraints and the unavailability of the data they need. By the time GIS analysts and professionals do receive…


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Maxar collected a pre-explosion image with its WorldView-3 satellite on June 9, 2020 (left), and a post-explosion image with its WorldView-2 satellite on August 5, 2020.

On August 4th, 2020, a major explosion devastated the city of Beirut, Lebanon. The cause of the explosion, as cited from the Prime Minister, was 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, a common chemical compound used in fertilizer and a component in mining explosives. As of August 7, at least 150 people have been killed and more than 5,000 people injured; another 300,000+ people have been displaced by the explosion. It is estimated that the explosion has caused as much as $5 billion in damage.

Ecopia.AI, in partnership with Maxar Technologies, has mapped a 1-kilometre radius surrounding the point of…


Acres burned by wildfire in the US have climbed year after year since the early 1980s, increasing in both frequency and intensity. In California, the Butte County Camp Fire in 2018 was the costliest wildfire in modern history, burning 153,336 acres, destroying 18,804 buildings and claiming 85 lives, stoking heightened interest amongst insurers and reinsurers to manage this risk effectively.

For insurers and reinsurers, one of the best methods to manage wildfire risk is to proactively account for it during the pricing and underwriting process. The necessary prerequisite is to ensure that all relevant risk factors are considered at the…


In the real estate market, it is often said that the three most important factors are location, location, and location. A similar argument could be made for insurance property underwriting. Of course, the attributes of the property itself are important — and there is a lot of buzz in the industry about creating comprehensive property attributes. In order for insurers to calculate the probabilities of various risks and repair/replacement costs, it is essential to have data on many specific characteristics of the property, such as square feet/meters, exterior and interior building materials, roof shape, foundation type and size, the presence…


For the second year in a row, Ecopia.AI sponsored Hack the North, which saw over 1,500 students from over 20 countries gathered at the University of Waterloo for 36 hours of hacking, collaborating and networking. Now in its sixth year, Hack the North is one of the top hackatons for high school and university students in North America! Ecopia has a strong tie to the University of Waterloo (UW), as the company was commercialized from a PhD research thesis, and two of the founders hold degrees from UW in geomatics and engineering. …


What does a local government do when it wants to produce a pedestrian model for a clearer picture of how people walk about its cities? They turn to Ecopia for sidewalk and crosswalk extractions, ensuring accurate information at scale, in significantly less time than traditional methods. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is a regional planning partner that promotes informed decision making through use of data as it relates to the regions water and transportation systems.

One of the main priorities for SEMCOG is their walkability, improving quality of life for residents across their counties using data, planning and…


The goal: to map the entirety of Australia.

Maxar provides advanced geospatial data and space infrastructure to make global change visible, information and space accessible, and industry transformation possible. Our partnership with Maxar began in 2015 and was founded on a mutual understanding that pixels, specifically pixels from high-resolution satellite imagery, are valuable. Maxar knew that in order to understand the built environment in Australia, current high-resolution imagery was required — but, extracting the building footprints across the entire continent is where Ecopia came in. Leveraging Maxar’s high-resolution satellite imagery and Ecopia’s sophisticated AI-powered algorithms, we generated the first and…


Delivering valuable content and pushing the boundaries of technical application are two things that Nearmap does exceptionally well. When exploring ways in which to optimize next-generation network needs (5G), Nearmap looked to Ecopia, a leader in AI-based feature extraction to collaboratively explore solutions.

5G network planning requires incredibly accurate 3D models of the environment due to the heightened sensitivity of the millimeter-spectrum waves and interference from manmade and natural features. Ecopia leverages Nearmap’s high-resolution imagery and digital surface models to create height attributed building, road, bridge and overpass vectors, this is part of our Global Feature Extraction services.. …


Ecopia is creating the first HD Map of Waterloo Region. With support from the Ontario Centres of Excellence Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) program, Communitech, University of Waterloo and the Waterloo Economic Development Corporation.

Today, drivers use maps for way-finding and to generally orientate themselves with their surroundings, but as the task of driving shifts from the in-car driver to in-vehicle automation, the role of digital maps shifts significantly. These next generation maps for machines come in the form of a highly accurate and realistic representation of the road, generally referred to as high-definition (HD) maps. …


In 2017, PSMA Australia (the Australian authority on property information) had a bold plan: to map the entire continent of Australia with a level of detail that had never been contemplated before. There was a strong need from a number of organizations across multiple industries within Australia that required up-to-date information regarding the built environment across the continent. However, no reliable source of information on these features existed at-scale.

For this project, PSMA Australia required two major components to complete a project of this magnitude: satellite imagery of the entire continent with enough granularity to map buildings, and the ability…

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