Our imagery is renowned for its completeness, accessibility, accuracy, and clarity. Our difference is that we present imagery in the most valuable form for your application.
The extensive and valuable visual information in DigitalGlobe imagery can streamline and transform workflow for many industries and help them make informed decisions.
Mining is a high investment, high risk and usually a strictly regulated industry that requires timely and accurate geospatial data. DigitalGlobe imagery is used in mining to plan exploration, perform daily operations, ensure environmental compliance, and complete land reclamation.
Our imagery solutions help mining professionals identify, analyze, and act on geological data. Additionally, they reduce the time and resources required to find, mine, and recover the resource site. Existing vegetation, hydrology, population centers, soils, and infrastructure are easily mapped using satellite and aerial imagery; and evaluating before and after images show progress, boundary compliance, and restoration needed to return the site to pre-mine health. Because imagery eliminates much of the onsite field study previously required for day to day and follow up operations, the industry gains valuable insight and efficiencies about investments and operational impact, while enjoying significant cost savings.
A DigitalGlobe base map of high-resolution imagery is valuable for feature extraction, analysis and, classification through all stages of the mining lifecycle. The following aspects of mining are some of the ways that our imagery has helped leading global mining companies.
Developing Exploration Strategies
DigitalGlobe's satellites can mobilize anywhere in the world, even in remote, mountainous, and hostile areas that would otherwise be costly to research. With our high-resolution satellite imagery, geologists can detect and study multispectral images to analyze topographic surface features along with geological data to predict subsurface geology and understand where to mine.
Perform Daily Operations
A detailed base map over real world imagery allows geologists to extract features and see where best to drill, avoiding infrastructure such as buildings, roads, pipelines, water resources and utilities. It also provides an historical perspective that easily integrates with the mine plan and models. Newer imagery can later be added to detect changes over time.
Monitor Environmental Operations
Before initiating mining operations, engineers can employ multispectral imagery to plan and implement control measures for air, noise, land and water pollution and ensure regulatory compliance. The near infrared band is essential for analyzing the impact to surrounding vegetation and quantifying the effects of daily mining activities, especially in areas of underground mining. A well developed plan minimizes the impact of mining activities on the immediate environment, neighboring communities and long term land capability.
Reclaim Impacted Areas
DigitalGlobe imagery of varying dates reflects the impact of mining a habitat and documents the progress restoring it to acceptable condition per government standards. Imagery as a tool to quantify and monitor vegetation and disturbance over time is efficient and cost effective for both underground and open cut mining.
Mining industries can best protect their investments with accurate base maps of ground assets. Our imagery shows the mining and surrounding areas to the detailed level of 60cm or better, and it can be easily annotated to represent regional mines, prospect and regional geological data. Costs for planned production, location of reserves and restoration can be linked to prospective and active mine locations. Integrating DigitalGlobe with leading GIS software is simple, so the imagery becomes the backdrop for specialized mapping with links to associated data layers and tables.
DigitalGlobe imagery is ideally suited to support efforts to manage our natural resources: from monitoring agricultural crops, to managing the risk of wildfires, mapping remote watersheds, or evaluating the impacts of human settlements on the environment. DigitalGlobe provides governments, commercial organizations and conservation groups with the big picture and our high-resolution multispectral capabilities enable sophisticated remote sensing of the natural world.
Remote Sensing for Plant Health
Farmers, forestry organizations and environmental regulators are using DigitalGlobe satellite imagery and remote sensing capabilities, along with geospatial information to analyze, assess, and manage the health and growth states of plant materials. Our high-resolution multispectral imagery provides organizations with very detailed information about what is happening on the ground, across a wide geographical region. Whether they need to identify the health of old growth forests, monitor the encroachment of invasive species, track the state of logging activities, or identify crops affected by disease or drought, our satellite imagery enables better management of resources and faster decision making.
Forest Fire Risk Management
Many factors impact the extent and severity of forest fires, including the growing trend of urban encroachment into natural areas, previous fire suppression policies, and the impacts of disease, drought, and other environmental factors. With a combination of high-resolution color and near infrared multispectral imagery, government agencies can evaluate the health of forests and accurately map buildings, roads, waterways, and other structures to create risk profiles for large regions. In addition, our rapid response capabilities allow imagery to be used extensively to support firefighting efforts.
Water Resource Management
River basins, aquifers and other water sources are often shared resources between countries, states, provinces, or local municipalities. DigitalGlobe's global imagery plays a key role in the collaborative planning and governance of water resources with a bird's eye pictorial view. In times of highly regulated environments, our high-resolution images ensure planning strategies and development are in alignment with social, economic, environmental and technological goals – well informed organizations make for good neighbors.
Whether for flood plain mapping, biodiversity studies, coastal zone impact assessments or industry and tourism, understanding the coastal environment can be a daunting challenge. Our satellite imagery plays an important role in both small scale mapping efforts of wetlands, beaches, submerged vegetation, urbanization and storm damage as well as understanding large scale coastal morphology. In addition, the large coverage area provided by our satellite imagery enables the monitoring of wide scale changes over time.
Supporting Conservation Efforts
With DigitalGlobe imagery, conservation groups like the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and The Nature Conservancy are able to make effective conservation decisions based on a better understanding of the ecosystem in critical and protected areas around the world. Satellite imagery, remote sensing and GIS are combined to effectively map ecological patterns, monitor the human encroachment of protected wildlife parks, monitor the health and geographic range of wildlife populations and measure and track changes over time.
In today's hydrocarbon market, earth imagery significantly lowers operating costs, facilitates sound decision making, and contributes to responsible development of this important resource through all of the phases of finding, producing, and distributing it.
The Oil and Gas Industry has used imagery and remote sensing to coarsely map areas for decades, but advances in digital technology and remote sensing applications since then has multiplied the value and variety of uses for imagery throughout the oilfield lifespan. Today, your imagery dollar investment results in 10 to 1,000 times greater savings in planning, executing, and monitoring exploration and production throughout the oil/gas field cycle.
Explore the World for New Sources
Imagery is vital to exploration, geophysical surveying and in determining suitable drill sites based on surface conditions. A high-resolution image acquired prior to exploration and drilling activity serves as a baseline for other activities including site modeling, facilities monitoring, environmental assessments, and vegetation reclamation. Analyzing high resolution imagery before seismic surveying helps oil and gas companies build accurate surface models and avoid poorly suited areas. Spectral bandwidth available from our satellite imagery allows surface characterization and identification of surface obstacles.
Facilities and Asset Management
When the detailed phase of exploration is underway, high-resolution imagery is essential for aiding in decisions regarding survey access and design of well pads and roads. The need for more detailed, higher resolution imagery becomes apparent as oil companies progress to well planning, pipeline planning, and siting, environmental impact analysis and refinery design. For these tasks, our satellite image resolution of 60cm or better and aerial image resolution as fine as 3 inches ideal for informed analysis.
Reach Wider Geographies
Oil and gas companies face new challenges as well: how to explore cost effectively in remote regions (especially those in developing nations with limited mapping data and infrastructure) and how to optimize existing production in already discovered oil and gas fields. Our satellite imagery, with its uniform quality and standard product suite available everywhere, is the ideal choice for remote and international targets and in expanding multi-well pad designs.
Finally, petroleum companies are monitoring their environmental impact much more rigorously now, both in North America and around the world. Our multispectral imagery is essential for mapping land use and environmental impact. Periodic resurveying of oil fields, pipeline corridors, and refineries is an efficient and accurate method for ensuring that environmental impact is limited to an absolute minimum. By measuring the length and width of the right of way through which seismic lines have been acquired, oil companies can document their impact on the local forests and vegetation. Multi-date imagery is critical too when you need it because the information is time stamped documentation of land status on a fixed date.
Strategic use of periodically acquired imagery from orbiting satellites and low flying aircraft enhances technical analysis and the bottom line for all professionals involved in oilfield and regulatory operations. Our imagery assures alignment between GIS data and ground truth and provides a strong foundation for sound decision making throughout the oil and gas lifecycle.
Imagery is the foundation for a multitude of mapping activities that help build, maintain and protect assets and, as importantly, keep surrounding citizens and environments safe and secure. DigitalGlobe imagery solutions help companies manage the complexity of their utility infrastructure, its surrounding environment, and the changes that are taking place over time.
Our imagery integrates easily into GIS to enhance understanding of the demographic changes and location based information required to insure that current capacity matches to the growth or decline of a service region. High-resolution satellite imagery helps planners create up to date maps with city boundaries, roads, urban streets, population, and other attributes that can help identify planning goals.
Land Use and Compliance
The ever-increasing regulations and required permits for operating within the utility industry make imagery an essential tool for completing the compliance and approval process or managing land ownership rights. Our imagery provides valuable visual insights for accomplishing tasks like assessing proper buffering around power lines, placing roadside equipment boxes for least visual impact, and determining placement of sewer lines consistent with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. In addition, imagery accurately documents aspects of projects, helping permit granting agencies return quick decisions. Earth imagery has also served as a record of accuracy in lawsuit disputes.
With our before and after imagery of a disrupted area, Insurance companies can plan aid to support their customers. Even before a disaster, our imagery is a valuable base layer to evaluate risk factors and establish burden formulas and tables to institute policy pricing for varying demographic areas.
Insurance companies worldwide are increasing their use of satellite and aerial imagery as a technology to drive efficiencies within the industry. Viewing the earth from above gives insurance companies the quick and efficient means to monitor and assess insured assets and surrounding environments. With our vast collection capabilities and ability to respond to catastrophes worldwide, we can provide fast response to insurance companies and help them monitor claims.
Identifying the risk profile of a neighborhood to set pricing levels is greatly enhanced by using historical and current views of satellite imagery to predict insurance risk impacts. Satellite image models quickly allow the insurance companies to extract environment and terrain risk, such as excessive damage from tree crowns, fire risks from brush or water damage from flood plains.
Catastrophic impacts from earthquakes, cyclones, hurricanes and floods affect insurance and reinsurance companies. Responsiveness to claims can make the human tragedy less painful, and our imagery is a fast means of identifying the area of most need. Assessment to property and infrastructure such as roof damage, rebuilding claims, storm water damage and coastal flooding can occur without onsite claims or impact to local response teams.
Insurance Fraud Protection
Millions of dollars per year are lost to fraudulent insurance claims especially in the world of agriculture. Our high-resolution images provide insurance companies with valuable assessments of crop plantings, irrigation patterns and even how a specified crop was planted. Our quick revisit rates and vast ImageLibrary of global images provides evidence of whether misappropriation of insurance assets occurred, which is often evidence in litigation to support or deny claims.
With the combination of easy access to imagery and more accessible software tools, DigitalGlobe's panchromatic, color and multispectral imagery supports humanitarian efforts around the world. Our Satellite imagery is employed for emergency planning, damage assessment, relief coordination and recovery management.
Use of current imagery is imperative in emergency evacuation preparedness. Imagery collected above the earth details vegetation states, new access roads and the potential impact on urban development with as close to real time views as possible. Our imagery solutions enable the creation and testing of evacuation scenarios using the real-world view as a guide. Utilities, emergency teams and transportation departments can confidently implement plans that optimize the safety of all involved.
Monitor the Globe
In DigitalGlobe's operations center, we constantly monitor world events so that we can position our satellites to image events as soon as they occur. With our powerful high-resolution satellite constellation, we are able to gather coverage quickly and efficiently. Our imagery has been instrumental to agency relief efforts around the globe, including those for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, earthquakes near Bam, Iran and Balakot, Pakistan and the Indian Ocean tsunami, as well as seasonal events like California wildfires and tornadoes across the Midwest.
When natural disasters strike and impact human life, humanitarians and civil governments rely on DigitalGlobe's high-resolution imagery to evaluate ground conditions and guide rapid-response efforts. It is often impossible to assess the extent of damages from the ground, which is why responsive, agile satellites are valuable information sources, especially in remote regions of the world. In times of crisis, we quickly gather images and assimilate them into our online delivery platform, to portray the reality of the disrupted landscape, and enable response teams to determine the fastest, safest access routes.
Recovery and Rebuilding
Our high-resolution satellite imagery is frequently employed to monitor large scale disasters and their impact on the environment over time. Response activities are measured in days and weeks, but recovery and rebuilding efforts can take years. Multispectral imagery is well suited to map the extent of the environmental impact, and help government and humanitarian organizations monitor long-term recovery efforts and their impacts on remote human habitations.
The visual clarity and technical accuracy of earth imagery reveals a more comprehensive view of a selected site and its surrounding area. Physical factors like access to new roadways, where nearby commercial and residential areas exist and identification of the types and condition of abutting vegetation are not revealed in standard line maps and visual mockups. Using our high resolution imagery, today's land development professionals achieve a greater understanding of the overall geography and terrain and report fewer site visits, which previously consumed greater time, money, and resources.
Important project details that DigitalGlobe imagery contributes to successful AEC projects include the following:
- Pavement edges and pavement types
- Buildings and other large structures
- Driveways, sidewalks, and fences
- Obstructions like rock outcroppings, trees, and culverts
- Utility structures, such as cross boxes and transformers
- Number of stream, road and railroad crossings
Communicating More Information Faster
Earth imagery conveys 80% more information than traditional maps and vector drawings. Consequently, it is naturally now a key communication tool for the building industry both internally between coworkers and externally with clients and regulatory agencies. Throughout the design and construction phase, our imagery forms a base layer for key collaborative activities between interested parties.
Enhance the Design Process
In competitive bidding, the detail and attractiveness of high quality color imagery can give your designs more of an impact. During the master planning and schematic design phases, high quality, recent imagery can serve as a key tool in successfully determining relationships to other structures, trees, sidewalks, and more.
A Picture Saves a Thousand Words
Architects and builders turn to our high quality imagery because of its clarity, accuracy and image processing capability. Our imagery enhances the selling and marketing effectiveness of a firm and its portfolio, whether digital or in print.
Integrating Imagery to Your Enterprise
Whether you are formulating roads and infrastructure or building a strip mall, using DigitalGlobe imagery can streamline your work. We provide both satellite and aerial imagery in and out of online and offline solutions that make it a powerful part of your workflow.
Our close partnership with solutions providers offers video game manufacturers and media outlets with a single point of contact for imagery ranging in resolution from 30 cm to 15 meters to create compelling fly-through videos, flight simulators, and other simulation experiences for television and films.
The news media frequently uses DigitalGlobe's imagery to put breaking stories into context enabling a visual understanding of a news story. Entertainment, including movies and gaming, utilize DigitalGlobe's very high-resolution world imagery to put the actors in authentic environments to immerse the audience in a real world perspective.
Our partners have decades of experience creating simulation solutions from imagery that meet your current requirements. Together, DigitalGlobe and our partners are your source for consistent high-quality imagery solutions worldwide.