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October 24, 2019, City Council Regular Meeting
11. Acknowledgment of the Execution by the City Manager of an Memorandum of Understanding with the Metropolitan Planning Commission for Pictometry in the Amount Not to Exceed $100,000
Strategic Priority
Good Government

The City of Savannah and Chatham County have invested in Pictometry oblique and aerial imagery since 2003. The imagery is available to the public on the website via the Pictometry tool and as a basemap imagery layer. It is offered on the internal SAGIS iMap with additional tools including measuring distance, height, and elevation. Local GIS layers are available to overlay including the parcel boundaries and street labels. Reviewing the history of a property is easily accessible by using the Select Date dropdown menu.  

The latest EagleView product available is known as Reveal Imagery with ultra-high resolution up to ¾”. This high resolution provides desktop views of features not previously available, including road cracks, street signs, and roof damage. The Assessors office can use this product to identify construction materials and property condition without site visits. City assets, such as storm drains and fire hydrants, can be located and measured from the office. Public Safety personnel can gather situational awareness before responding to an incident. GIS departments can create new or update data layers without extensive field work. Finally, by maintaining an ongoing contract with Pictometry, our community is covered by their Rapid Access – Disaster Response program to fly new imagery at no cost following a major.

Due to our longstanding relationship as a customer, EagleView has offered our community a 40% discount on their latest product, saving approximately $80,000. The cost of the product is traditionally split between Chatham County and Savannah, however the 2017 flight was paid by project funds remaining from previous data contracts through the MPC. Chatham County has agreed to cover ½ or $100,000 for the next scheduled flight in 2020.



Mark Revenew, Interim Director of the Department of Information Technology
Financial Impact
Expenditure of an Amount up to $100,000 from the General Fund
Review Comments
Exhibit 1: Memorandum of Understanding - MPC for Pictometry.pdf
Exhibit 2: Funding Verification - MPC for Pictometry.pdf
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