Pictometry International

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Pictometry International
IndustryCommercial services
FounderStephen L. Schultz
Henrietta, New York, United States
Area served
Key people
Chris Barrow, CEO
ProductsGeo-referenced aerial image libraries, imaging software solutions, oblique, orthophotography, LiDAR remote sensing, 3D model, street view, and inside imagery
ServicesImagery, analytics, deployment
Number of employees
300 [1]
ParentEagleView Technology Corp

Pictometry International is an aerial measurement company based in Henrietta, New York that develops software that uses three-dimensional aerial photographs to view high-resolution images of buildings in their entirety.[2] Pictometry International's technology was developed at the Rochester Institute of Technology and shows structures at an oblique angle or at a 45-degree angle, from all sides providing perspective and overhead shot images that are accurate to 1/100th of an inch.[3][2] The company has 80 Cessnas that provide high-resolution aerial photography in counties that include 95 percent of the U.S. population.[4]

The company was ranked fifth on the Rochester Top 100 companies list in 2011.[3] Pictometry International along with BLOM ASA and Fugro EarthData, Inc. accounted for approximately a quarter of the global aerial imaging market revenue in 2013.[5]

In 2013, Pictometry International merged with EagleView Technologies, an aerial roof and wall measurement company making EagleView Technology Corp the parent company.[4][6]

Former Headquarters in Henrietta, New York


Pictometry International co-launched in 1996 by John Ciampa, a former Rochester Institute of Technology professor in the school of photography, who after obtaining a patent, hired Stephen Schultz, a Rochester Institute of Technology graduate who developed most of the technology used as a foundation for the company.[7][8] Schultz created new algorithms for the aerial photography software and also implemented a variety of techniques to capture and analyze the content of aerial photographs also known as photogrammetry.[7]

Pictometry International was founded in 2000.[9] In 2005, Pictometry established an international division which licenses its technology to partners in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America.[10]

In 2013, Pictometry merged with Eagle View Technologies, Inc., making both companies subsidiaries of EagleView Technology Corp. The merger led to the offering of comprehensive capabilities in aerial imagery collections, geospatial analytics and 3-D measurement technologies.[9] Chris Barrow is the president and CEO of the combined companies with offices in Bothell, Washington and Henrietta, New York.[9]


Pictometry International uses an electronic field study application to obtain oblique imagery. Its cloud-based platform called PictometryOnline provides access to current and historic oblique imagery and orthophotography.[11]

Pictometry's aerial photographs have been used by emergency response teams around the country.[12] The company's customer base includes state and local governments, which use images of cities, counties, and entire states for planning and development, emergency response, and property assessment.[13][3] It is also used in the insurance, real estate, roofing, solar, engineering, and utilities industries.[13][3][14]

Pictometry's aerial photograph of Manhattan was used in the National Geographic article "A Superstorm in 2100."[15]

In 2005, Microsoft licensed Pictometry software for birds-eye images to be incorporated with road and satellite maps in their Virtual Earth service.[16]

Pictometry International aided in security efforts for the PGS Championship at the Oak Hill Country Club by providing aerial images of the golf course in 2013.[12]

In 2014, Pictometry's ChangeFinder software was used in Southampton to evaluate property assessment, which included property additions such as second-floor additions, new garages, and floor plan extensions that were not accounted for in the tax assessment.[4] After the evaluating the photos it was estimated that the unaccounted changes were valued at $41 million in assessed value to the tax rolls.[4]


  1. ^ http://www.pictometry.com/news_and_events/backgrounder.shtml
  2. ^ a b Mike Dickinson (May 29, 2013). "EagleView and Pictometry announce rapid access for post-event imagery". Claims Journal. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d G.W. Miller III (February 12, 2007). "Tax evaders can't hide from city's aerial imaging software". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Suzanne Woolley (May 28, 2015). "That Cessna flying over your house may be sending photos to the tax assessor". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  5. ^ "Aerial imaging market - Global industry analysis, trends, and forecast to 2020". Directions Magazine. December 10, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  6. ^ Alexandria Baca (January 25, 2014). "Verisk buying EagleView Technology for $650M to add images of U.S. structures". Insurance Journal. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Sean Lahman (February 23, 2015). "Pictometry co-founder joins high tech startup". Democratic & Chronicle. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  8. ^ "An overhead view of success". The University Magazine. Spring 2006. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Mike Dickinson (January 8, 2013). "Pictometry merges with EagleView; CEO to depart". Rochester Business Journal. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  10. ^ Mike Dickinson (May 3, 2010). "Pictometry signs deal with Chinese firm". Rochester Business Journal. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  11. ^ Mark Greninger (September 2014). "Assessment powered by Enterprise GIS in the Los Angeles Country Assessor's Office" (PDF). Fair and Equitable. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 1, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "EagleView and Pictometry announce rapid access for post-event imagery". Democratic & Chronicle. May 29, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Roger M. Showley (October 8, 2006). "Computerized aerial photos could ease county assessor's job, but privacy issues loom". The San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  14. ^ Matteo Luccio (April 6, 2015). "Maximizing the Sun". XYHT. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  15. ^ "A superstorm 2100". National Geographic. 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  16. ^ Elinor Mills (December 7, 2005). "Microsoft offers a new angle on maps". cnet. Retrieved August 21, 2015.

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