International excellence award for Geoscape

Posted by | June 8, 2016 | News

An Australian spatial project has received international recognition for its capability of capturing the location, distribution and physical characteristics for more than 15 million structures.

PSMA Australia’s new initiative to capture Australia’s built environment, Geoscape, was awarded with the Geospatial World Excellence Award at the Geospatial World Forum on Wednesday 25 May 2016. PSMA Australia has been receiving a lot of attention first for the opne release of their national addressing file G-NAF and now for the ambitious new dataset. Geoscape is set to provide a greater understanding of what exists at an address—buildings, features and land cover—for every address in Australia.

PSMA Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Dan Paull accepted the award on behalf of PSMA at the award ceremony in Rotterdam, saying it was a great honour to have Geoscape recognised by this important international geospatial forum.

“This award confirms that Geoscape is a leading spatial industry development both in terms of the technology we are using and the originality of the solution we are developing,” he said.

“Our ability to combine these disruptive technologies with authoritative government data will enable the capture of key built environment data such as 3D building attributes, land cover, tree heights, roof materials, swimming pools and solar panels across Australia’s 7.6 million square kilometres.”

With support from partners such as DigitalGlobe, PSMA is leveraging leading edge technologies such as high resolution multi-spectral satellite imagery, satellite derived digital surface model, high performance cloud computing, crowdsourcing, machine learning and automated feature extraction.

Paull said the development of Geoscape is attracting incredible interest internationally: “There are many 3D datasets that cover towns or sections of cities but nothing that comes close to the scale of Geoscape in efficiently providing such data for an entire nation or continent.

“Geoscape could have an enormous impact if other nations apply similar techniques to rapidly fill their geospatial information gaps.”

“In particular, this would support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by helping to establish important economic infrastructure such as addressing and land registration systems as well as improving the delivery of humanitarian and natural disaster relief.”

PSMA Australia has recently made a Geoscape Evaluation Dataset available for download. The 300MB zip file provides a 25 square kilometre area approximately 5 kilometres south/south west of Adelaide’s central business district. This covers an area that is entirely ‘urban’ and takes in 25 suburbs as well as a reasonable proportion of buildings with solar panels and properties with swimming pools.

By Anthony Wallace

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