This week’s Release 4 of Geoscape® saw the inclusion, for the first time, of buildings data for Brisbane, Gold Coast, Wollongong and Hobart, and the number of buildings contained within the dataset increase by 1.6 million to a total of over 8.8 million. It also saw the inclusion of surface cover at thirty metres resolution for Western Australia for the first time.

Geoscape Release 4 is a supply of all Geoscape themes, including buildings, surface cover and trees. In addition to the above, it saw increased coverage across ACT, NSW, SA, QLD, TAS and WA as follows.

  • Surface Cover at two (2) metres resolution increased to now cover 17,572 square kilometres.
  • Trees at two (2) metres resolution increased to cover 4,087 square kilometres.
  • Surface Cover at thirty (30) metres resolution increased to cover 6,783,000 square kilometres.

Geoscape is an analytics-ready, 3D built environment dataset providing location-based insights for every address in Australia. It captures building footprints and heights, roof construction, surface cover, tree heights, the presence of solar panels and swimming pools and more. The data can be visualised using mapping platforms and 3D modelling tools. To find out more, view our explainer video.

This is Geoscape.

Until now, large-scale location data has been costly to capture and maintain, especially over an area as vast as Australia. Geoscape changes that. It’s not just information on buildings, trees and surface cover. The foundational dataset links 3D built environment features to other PSMA data including geocoded addresses, cadastre, property and administrative boundaries. It has the capacity to revolutionise everything from infrastructure planning to emergency response, risk analysis, government policy and service delivery. It enables Australian organisations to make better decisions using location-based insights that seemed previously unattainable.

The rich information contained within the surface cover theme is valuable to planners. For example, by having visibility of pervious and impervious surfaces they can understand water absorption and run-off potential. By understanding the extent of impervious surfaces and a potential volume of rainfall, estimations about the amount of water likely to build up within a catchment can be made.

Building footprints and surface cover in Surfers Paradise, Queensland as captured by Geoscape

Geoscape is available through the PSMA Australia partner network – a select group of expert organisations that can help create powerful solutions for your business. Speak with one of our partners to gain access to geospatial insights.

A Geoscape Sample Dataset is available for download. The sample covers an area of approximately 85 square kilometres that includes the South Australian township of Freeling and a surrounding rural area.

For up-to-date detail on Geoscape’s coverage and future release dates and locations, view the interactive Geoscape Rollout Map.

Header image: Building footprints in Brisbane CBD as captured by Geoscape

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