Nearmap imagery helps Mike Stone Associates reduce cost and save time

Nearmap imagery helps Mike Stone Associates reduce cost and save time


US: Location content provider Nearmap reduces costs, saves time and improves accuracy of asset and property management assessments for Mike Stone Associates (MSAi), a project and asset management consulting firm in the Houston area.

Nearmap integrates current high-quality aerial images with MSAi’s existing ArcMap/ArcGIS system, providing a more efficient and accurate way to gather measurements and details for its field operations.

With Nearmap imagery incorporated into its ArcMap system, MSAi reduced time spent in the field manually taking measurements or examining park amenities. With Nearmap, those assets are quickly and easily analyzed from the comfort of the office. The program’s high-resolution detail allows MSAi to detect the difference between ground features that satellite imagery simply can’t provide.

“Now, I fire up Nearmap and can measure the entire community within about two hours,” says MSAi GIS Technician Russell Spragg. “It’s a huge time saver. In addition, before Nearmap I wasn’t able to pick up the differences in surface materials. Now those attributes are spot-on accurate. I don’t know how I would be doing it without Nearmap.”

Because Nearmap imagery is captured approximately every six months, Spragg can rely on current imagery to illustrate progress on projects to board members, shareholders, clients and employees. In high-growth areas such as Fort Bend County, Texas, public sources of satellite imagery can’t keep up with developmental changes and accurately reflect that growth.

“It’s great to be able to use the captures for board meetings,” Spragg said. “We can give a visual to board members so they can see where the project is heading. With historical comparisons, I can juxtapose this year’s progress against last year’s.”

Prior to Nearmap, the GIS department at MSAi was often forced to balance time between in-field measurements and actual office time to align and calculate data. Traditional measurement approaches required the GIS tech to be dispatched on-site for lengthy periods of time.

While this method would yield accurate results, the time spent in the field was prohibitive and costly, not to mention the additional time spent at the computer inputting measurements into ArcGIS afterward.