The Loveland Blog

Launching - New Basemap on the Landgrid Platform!

By Matthew Klovski on February 7, 2020 · Announcements

We’ve recently updated our basemap here at LandGrid and it’s a pretty big change from what we had online before!



Let’s take a dig through some of the different changes we’ve made to help improve your LandGrid experience.

The most noticeable change is that we now have a lighter base color, to improve parcel legibility, as well as making it easier to see at the state level what places are online or not online. This was one of the main bits of feedback we received on our previous basemap, and we’re happy to report we think this really improves the visibility in general. We’ve also improved the city hierarchy on the map to provide a bit more legibility in terms of population size, and also by which cities are shown at different zoom levels.

 


We’ve also changed the color coding of underlying land uses to subtler hues, especially in areas where there’s public lands or forests underneath the parcels. Here’s a side by side example of the same area within Midtown Detroit, using the old and new basemaps.

 



We’ve also updated the base streets layer provided by Mapbox in our map, in order to provide more up to date street names and layouts, in order to keep pace with rapid development in some areas. We’ve also changed the way we visualize highway and expressway icons, and now use the official icons for these types of roads. You can see the difference in these two screenshots from the catch-all boxes we had before.

 


The final big change, and a really exciting one personally, is much better transit wayfinding and icon placement on the map. This includes custom transit icons in certain cities, and better airport icon indicators. Below is an example, using Center City Philadelphia and various SEPTA and trolley stops.

 

 

We hope you enjoy the new and improved basemap, happy mapping!

Matthew Klovski

New single & multi user accounts, new features & new content

By Sahana Murthy on February 5, 2020 · Announcements

Wow, it's February already and boy do we have some serious Landgrid platform updates for you!

1. Single User Accounts - Those of you who have been with us from the start, you know that Landgrid Pro & Free accounts are our affordable, single user accounts primarily meant to explore our nationwide parcel dataset. We have made a few updates to these accounts, recently:

  • Landgrid Free -  Free has been our flagship parcel viewer for a while, and remains that way. However, Free is now restricted to just viewing and exploring parcel records. You will not be able to query & style the data any longer. We have found that most of our Free users love to use free for just that - looking up parcel data uninterrupted and learning about properties that they care about. 
  • Landgrid Pro - Pro just got bigger and better with the recent addition of Buildings data & footprints layer which is available only for Pro & above customers. Not only can you view buildings on top of parcels now, you can also see:
    • Buildings Count - Number of buildings per parcel
    • Buildings Sq Footage - How much of a parcel is covered by a building
    • Vacant Lots - When you filter by buildings count and set Max = ‘0’ on the filter,  you will be able to see all the vacant lots in your geography.
      How cool is that!!

Apart from that, another change that we recently made was to cap the number of projects & surveys to a maximum of 5 per user
We found that most of our customers preferred to make 4-5 maps & surveys on average anyway. 

Rest assured, those of you who already have more than 5 projects & surveys right now that they will remain intact. You will however not be able to create new projects unless you delete an existing project.

  • Concurrent Logins -  As we have always advertised, Free and Pro are meant to be single user accounts. As a result, we recently updated our systems to allow no more than 2 concurrent logins/devices/browsers at a time per user. 

If you attempt a 3rd login, you will be asked to sign out of one of your active sessions to enable another login session.

Please let us know if you currently have multiple users logged in or multiple logins that you are not able to track and log out of. We can sign you out on our end. However, in future, please try to limit your concurrent sessions to a maximum of 2 to avoid getting signed out.


2. Multi User Accounts - While the Free & Pro accounts are designed to be single-user accounts, we also offer scalable multi-user accounts that allows multiple members of your team & projects to have their own individual login credentials to the same account:

  • Landgrid Team
  • Landgrid Enterprise

Landgrid Team is the baseline of what our enterprise accounts could do and works well for projects that need multiple users, surveyors but not a lot of custom work or requirements.

Team account also allows you to export up to 50K rows of spreadsheet data with USPS and buildings data too. 

Email us at enterprise@landgrid.com if you want an upgrade to Team, it takes us just a few seconds to set that up for you!

However, for those of you who have very specific needs for a project that cannot be solved with straight out of the box solutions, then Landgrid Enterprise is the solution for you. 
What can we do with Enterprise, you ask???

Landgrid Enterprise:

  • Custom data integration & imports - Bring your data, no matter the size,  scale & type of data and we will clean it up and import it on Landgrid so you can have all your data in 1 place!
  • Custom work, site, maps & interface - We know one size/design doesn’t fit all. Hence, we provide custom solutions to meet your needs - whether its custom filters, custom data, an entire custom site with customized embedded static & interactive maps or a white label custom interface with your own branding on it, we can make it all happen for you.
  • Insights page with custom filters - Let us help with your decision making process. What are the key data insights that you need to succeed with your project? We can set that up for you on your daily data dashboard - the Landgrid interface! Data insights and decisions will never have been easier!
  • Custom reporting - Based on those insights, we can build a custom report for you or find a way to automate those reports.
  • Watermarking surveys - For those of you who do a lot of surveys, we can watermark them by date and other specifics that you need to categorize those survey images.
  • Print maps & PDF’s - You can now print every survey & parcel page as a PDF for notarizing & also print high resolution copies of the beautiful maps for your official project reports.
  • 360 degree surveying - Collect, own and survey using your own inexpensive 360 imagery. We now have the ability to support 360 surveying which will enable you to survey properties from your desktops. Nifty huh!!!


Phew!! There’s more that we can do with Enterprise like ArcGIS compatibility or integration with Tableau or PolicyMap to name a few. Sky’s the limit and we will work with you to make it happen.
Want to know more about how we can get you the solution you need - email us at enterprise@landgrid.com!


3. New Educational Content -  In keeping with our goals for 2020, we recently added and will continue to add a slew of how-to videos and educational webinars to empower you in your daily tasks with Landgrid. Check them out when you have a moment:

Upcoming Webinars:

  1. Landgrid Data - Coverage & Accuracy (Register here - https://www.crowdcast.io/e/landgrid-data---overview)
  2. Surveying Best Practices with Landgrid Platform (Register here https://www.crowdcast.io/e/surveying-best-practices )



Recent Videos & Webinar Videocasts:

  1. Buildings Data on Landgrid.com
  2. Landgrid Enterprise for Real Estate
  3. Troubleshooting Data Import on Landgrid.com
  4. How to use buildings data on Landgrid.com

Alright, that’s it from us for now!
We know it's a lot, so please consume this email at your leisure & as always, email us at team@landgrid.com  if you have any questions.
 

Happy Leap Year Month Folks!

Happy Mapping!

Parcel Data Update - Jan 2020

By Sahana Murthy on January 28, 2020 · Announcements

People of Landgrid Parcel Data,

A summary of updates in December of 2019 and the upcoming pipeline for the month of January is below. Updated means the data was pulled from the source usually in the past 30 days and is in the latest version of the Loveland Standard Schema.

Buildings count & sq footage per parcel - This week we introduced 2 new premium attributes to our data - buildings count & sq footage per parcel. We derived these columns and they indicate how many buildings there are per parcel and how much area of the parcel is occupied by the building. This is part of our premium tier, much like the USPS vacancy columns. You can read up more about these columns in our Parcel Data FAQ's.

If you are interested in this data, please email us at parcels@landgrid.com and we will get in touch with you right away.

USPS Vacancy, Residential indicators, and situs address normalization - Will be updated in January and made available in the dataset the first part of February. This means you can expect a full dataset export from us next month as every record will have been processed through the latest USPS dataset and the situs address status, and formatted address if available, will be updated in our data.

GeoDB File Format Deprecated - We plan to offer GeoDB files for the first 3 months of 2020 and then stop updating that file format. We encourage people to switch to the GeoPackage (.gpkg.zip) files as they offer all the advantages of GeoDB. See below. We are planning on retiring the GeoDB format in Q2 of 2020. Please contact us if it will not be possible to migrate to another file format in that time frame.

New GeoPackage Format Available - GeoPackage or GeoPKG, (.gpkg) files support geospatial data very well, with none of the limitations of shapefiles, and are faster to work with than geojsons. They are well supported by Esri tools and open source tools alike. They offer all the advantages of GeoDB files, but are better supported across the GIS tool landscape. As we sunset the GeoDB format this will be the format we suggest folks use unless a specific use case suggests another format would be better for them. (ND)GeoJSON, sql, csv, and shapefile formats will all continue to be options.

Coverage Report - Updated for this month and available here:
Landgrid Coverage Report

For all full dataset customers, the updated data is available for download to bulk data clients in these formats: GeoPKG .gpkg (suggested), GeoJSON, Shapefile, and Postgres SQL files.  In addition, this data has been updated on the landrid.com website.

If your organization uses a custom export we are updating your data at the moment and if you don’t see the latest updates, please drop us a line.

Data Dictionary for the Loveland Standard Schema is always available here:
Landgrid Standard Schema Data Dictionary.

A machine-readable version of this list is included in the `verse` table available in all the formats above as well as CSV format for use in spreadsheets. To find the latest updates in verse, sort by 'last_refresh' and use the 'filename_stem' column to identify the file.

Data updated from the county in December and live now:
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California - San Mateo
Colorado - Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Huerfano, Jefferson, La Plata, Lake, Larimer, Las Animas, Logan, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Ouray, Park, Pitkin, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel, Sedgwick, Summit, Teller, Weld, Yuma

Florida - Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington

Illinois - Calhoun, Gallatin, Jasper, Perry, Pike, Richland, Washington

Minnesota - Martin

Missouri - Audrain, Barton, Benton, Callaway, Camden, Carroll, Christian, Clark, Clinton, Crawford, Dade, DeKalb, Gentry, Greene, Grundy, Henry, Holt, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Knox, Lewis, Madison, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Morgan, Nodaway, Osage, Pemiscot, Randolph, Reynolds, Saline, Scott, St. Louis City, St. Louis, Stoddard, Texas, Vernon, Washington, Wayne, Worth

Mississippi - Holmes, Sunflower, Tunica

Ohio - Hardin

South Carolina - Aiken, Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenwood, Hampton, Jasper, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union, Williamsburg, York

In the current pipeline for January
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Indiana - Statewide
Michigan - Statewide

In the pipeline for February 2020
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Georgia
Oregon

Based on feedback and county challenges, pipeline planning is always subject to change. As always, please contact us if you have any questions about accessing or using the data, if you find issues with any of our data, or you have any comments or questions about our data in specific areas or states. We also love to hear from you about which counties or regions you’d like to see us update next, as it helps inform our planning process.
 

Thank you for being a part of Loveland!

Buildings Footprints & Counts on Landgrid.com

By Sahana Murthy on January 21, 2020 · Announcements

This January, we have a bunch of updates for you!
So let’s jump right in!

1. Buildings count per parcel & Buildings Footprints:
Last year, we partnered with Gateway Spatial LLC - a fellow mapping company that has successfully collected around 104 million buildings footprints so far & counting, directly from counties, just like how we obtain our parcel data. So it made perfect sense for us to partner together on our solutions.

Using their data, the LOVELAND team has derived & added the following columns to our data:

  • Building counts per parcel. 
  • Building sq footage per parcel (In progress, will be fully added by end of this week). 
  • Map Layer - We’ve also rendered Gateway Spatial’s buildings footprints as a map layer to the Landgrid mapping platform. This premium layer and the above 2 derived attributes are available only to Landgrid Pro & Enterprise customers.

Below is a screenshot of map layer against our parcel data on landgrid.com!
Imagine being able to filter number of buildings per parcel on the Landgrid platform!!



This is a big leap for us parcel data folks. With this data, we can now identify & display how much of a parcel is covered by a building and how many buildings are there on a parcel.

The buildings data attributes, much like the USPS data we added last year are considered premium fields in our parcel dataset. If you are interested in licensing this data from us,  please email us at parcels@landgrid.com.

However, please note that all data is not perfect. We have matched 104 million footprints from Gateway Spatial to our 142 million parcels. As a result, we have a ~69% match rate with this dataset. Please read our FAQ’s to understand the specifics of this data & its accuracy (& lack thereof in certain places) - https://support.landgrid.com/articles/parcel-data-faq/

Please let us know when you find discrepancies in this data, for instance, some buildings may have been demolished since this data was recorded. So help us ground truth it by emailing us at team@landgrid.com.


2. Introducing Talking Grid - Landgrid’s new video webcasts
This year, we are starting a new series of monthly live webcasts on all things Landgrid products, data, customers & partners. You can register for these webinars ahead of time and save your spot. We would love a Q&A session with you at the end of each of these webinars.

We are kick starting this with a session dedicated to our parcel data & its coverage.

Episode 1 - Landgrid Parcel Data & Coverage



Tune in for a candid conversation on all things Landgrid Parcel Data.
Meet 2 of our in-house data experts to learn more about our data, coverage, attributes & accuracy!

Matt Hampel - Senior Software Architect
Blake Girardot - Data Manager

Date: Feb 13th, 2PM ET / 11 AM PT

Register here to join us live - https://www.crowdcast.io/e/landgrid-data---overview


3. People of Landgrid Story - Isaac Robb

“Data doesn't make us smarter, but it does keep us more informed.”


Meet Isaac Robb, Director of Urban Projects at the Western Reserve Land Conservancy!
Learn about Isaac’s inspiring journey from an athlete in college to now a successful community builder at WRLC.
https://landgrid.com/pages/isaac-robb

Those are all our updates for January. 
Stay tuned for many more updates  - including improvements to our base map on our platform. 

Until next time, have a wonderful rest of your January.  As always, feel free to reach back to us at team@landgrid.com!

Happy Mapping!

Sahana Muthy

sahana@landgrid.com