Geoscape™ – 3D data on Australia’s built environment

PSMA Geoscape captures extensive three-dimensional data about Australia’s built environment.  This initiative is based on satellite imagery that PSMA sources from Digital Globe.  Another exciting aspect is Geoscape’s linkages to other PSMA datasets including G-NAF and CadLite.

Geoscape includes:

  • Building roof polygon (including number of vertices and roof area)
  • Height (above ground)
  • Elevation (above sea level)
  • Primary roof material classification
  • Solar panel and swimming pool indicators
  • Zone and residential indicator
  • Tree coverage and height
  • Image capture date
  • Linkages to PSMA G-NAF and CadLite

Geoscape for Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and a number of urban and rural regions has arrived!

Rollout for the remainder of Australia’s continent is anticipated to progressively be completed by early 2018.

Application ideas:

The resources on this page suggest potential applications across telco, professional services, health care, real estate and solar energy, to name a few. For further details including licensing please contact us.


Telecoms – fibre optic

For accurate fibre optic pricing and modelling, the coordinates within G-NAF may not suffice. Being able to access building polygon data can be highly beneficial.  Geoscape provides building footprint data.

Above: PSMA Geoscape (Adelaide May 2016 sample data).  Building polygons are shaded light purple
The green dots represent the coordinates of addresses, and are sourced from PSMA’s separate G-NAF dataset
The black outlines represent land parcel boundaries, sourced from PSMA’s separate CadLite dataset
The light blue street polyline layer is sourced from PSMA’s separate Transport & Topography dataset

 

Telecoms – wireless

Geocape’s building outline, elevation and other data can provide important input to your wireless network coverage modelling.

Above: PSMA Geoscape (Adelaide CBD May 2016 sample data).  The 3D visualisation effect was created using QGIS’ 2.5D style mode.  The 3D extrusions reference the building polygon’s “max_height” attribution column.
The yellow street polyline layer is sourced from PSMA’s separate Transport & Topography dataset

Professional services

When coupled with ABS data, Geoscape’s zoning and other attribution can support a range of geo-demographic modelling applications.

Above: PSMA Geoscape (Adelaide May 2016 sample data)
The building polygons are shaded according to the zoning colour legend on the left
The grey street polyline layer is sourced from PSMA’s separate Transport & Topography dataset

Health care research

Access to land cover data including tree coverage can be useful to GIS analysis in the health care research sector.

applying Geoscape building footprints - colour-coded by size

Above: PSMA Geoscape (Adelaide May 2016 sample data).  The numbers displayed on the building polygons depict the derived polygon area in metres
The black outlines represent land parcel boundaries, sourced from PSMA’s separate CadLite dataset

Real estate

The elevation and other attribution data within Geoscape can support a range of applications within the real estate sector.

Above: PSMA Geoscape (Adelaide CBD May 2016 sample data)
The red shaded building polygons indicate that the building height is greater than 30m, grey shading indicates height less than 30m

Solar Panels

Data regarding buildings with installed solar panels can be useful to the renewable energy and nascent domestic power storage industries.  Being able to identify suitable buildings (roof pitch, area and likely minimal shading) can facilitate potential new opportunities.

Above: Background aerial imagery (c) 2016 LPI NSW
The red outlines (PSMA Geoscape Canberra December 2016 edition) show building polygons whose rooftops have been assigned a solar panel indicator.

 

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