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Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Sochi from the sky with a Pléiades satellite image

January 28th, 2014 by Susan Smith

Airbus Defense and Space satellite imagery of Sochi, Russia, displays the Russian town that was probably unknown to most of the world before the Olympics. Depicted are its sports complexes and natural setting. The Pléiades satellite image shows buildings — housing, and indoor sports complexes in the Adler district of Sochi, wheras the video depicts the town of Sochi, as well as nearby Adler and the Krasnaya Polyiana mountain cluster.

Airbus Defence and Space’s geo-information products – such as 3D elevation models drawing on satellite imagery – are useful for feasibility studies, risk modelling, environmental impact and cost evaluation in large civil engineering projects. Equipped with 3D data, construction projects are better able to gauge how much earth needs to be cleared or how much land needs to be filled on a building site.  

According to press materials, the video was created by overlaying SPOT 6 and Pléiades satellite imagery on 3D digital elevation models that were also derived from satellite imagery. SPOT 6 takes images of wide swaths of sites, while Pléiades satellitescan show the buildings and objects below in very high resolution.

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Categories: geospatial, GIS, satellite imagery

2 Responses to “Sochi from the sky with a Pléiades satellite image”

  1. Tom Webb says:

    I am currently doing a GIS report on hazards and vulnerabilities of Sochi and I was wondering if there was a place I could get the GIS data on elevation and flood plains. I have not been able to find much, but if you could point me in the right direction, that would be awesome!!! Thanks

  2. Susan Smith says:

    Various vendors have collected this type of data. Perhaps start with Esri and Google others who might have such data.

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