How Geospatial Data can Improve your Speed to Market

How Geospatial Data can Improve your Speed to Market

When RFPs go live, it’s a race for industry players to submit their proposals to the potential client. Often, the project can go to the service provider, who is one of the first few to turn in their RFP since their timing is often seen as a reflection of their ability to stay on time and budget. But RFPs can be messy, time-consuming, and come at short notice. How can your business gain a competitive edge? Various industries use geospatial data for planning, analysis, and decision-making – and it’s just what you need to ace your next RFP. Why? Let’s discuss.

Base decisions on the best available data.

Most of your competitors are using outdated, low resolution publically available free, satellite maps and data, leaving them in the position of having to make educated guesses based on outdated,  site conditions that could cause issues down the line, from encroachment issues to unexpected encumbrances. On the other hand, geospatial data from Prius Intelli can provide current insights into your area of interest instead of antiquated, irrelevant information. You’ll have access to the best available information on site conditions to create your designs and plans. When choosing between a proposal based on guesswork or a proposal based created with the certainty of solid, traceable data, we know who is coming out on top.

Get flexibility with the Cloud.

Unlike physical maps, teams can store & share geospatial data easily in the Cloud. This methodology provides your entire team with the easy access they need the most. At Prius Intelli, we deliver data through WMTS/WMS or slippy map formats and host the data securely on our in-house servers. And you get easy access through the Cloud. That saves you space on your network drives and enables fast data rendering. With flexible, secure storing, you can rest assured your data is safe and ready for action. No more looking through old filing cabinets for maps and notes when all the information you need is at your fingertips.


Analyze faster and more accurately.

Geospatial data is more than just maps. It provides a detailed analysis of geographic areas. For example, GIS maps can feature up-to-date data on features like streets, waterways, water run-off, and more. Elevation models are another format you can use to shed light on a project. These can provide better context for your plans. Furthermore, because a dashboard or platform like ESRI can read geospatial data, you can analyze it quickly and efficiently. And when it comes to RFPs, we know that speed and efficiency are crucial to developing a winning proposal.

Offering up-to-date, flexible, accurate analysis and enhanced geospatial data should be the backbone of your business. It enables you to gain a deeper insight into your operations, add value and increase productivity. Prius Intelli delivers high-quality aerial imagery and GIS services that work for your team and your budget when you need it. Together, we can help you get the data you need to secure your next RFP and set your project up for success.


7 Best Ways to Use Orthoimagery

7 Best Ways to Use Orthoimagery

While aerial photography provides bird’s-eye images of the surface, orthoimagery takes it a step further by combining it with the benefits of enhanced maps. From pipeline development to real estate valuation, many industries depend on this accurate, up-to-date information about land to make key decisions. Erroneous or outdated information can cause major delays “ or worse. That’s why accurate, real-time imagery is imperative to the success of any business. While some of the use cases for orthophotography may be obvious, you might be surprised at all the ways it can be used:


Those in the oil and gas industry can benefit greatly from orthophotography. Specifically, orthophotos can be used for surface monitoring and change detection and tracking in upstream projects to give an updated look of a project’s process. While many in this field opt for pre-existing satellite imagery, those images can be outdated and don’t provide the accuracy and resolution of custom orthophotography.


Orthoimagery is also incredibly valuable for midstream businesses and the use cases are many. We’ve seen orthoimagery used for a variety of projects, including route planning, right-of-way encroachment, construction monitoring, pipeline classification, PHMSA compliance studies and overall line monitoring. Specifically for pipelines, orthophotos provide the accuracy needed to confidently break ground on a new pipeline and comply with the necessary safety guidelines.

Orthoimage of pipeline ditch by Prius Intelli


When ranching, it’s key to have an intimate understanding of your property. That’s why the terrain and elevation data collected during an orthoimagery project can be extremely useful to ranch brokers. Water-related data like stream networks, basins, and contour lines can inform surface water decisions regarding livestock and other ranching needs. Additionally, viewshed data can be used for building blinds when hunting is allowed on the land.

Orthoimage of a pond from Prius Intelli


Orthophotography can be a cost-effective way to gather key data used in surveying and land-related services. When used in the planning stage, high-resolution orthophotos can provide a strong foundation of knowledge for project leads and engineers. Instead of choosing traditional methods that are often expensive and time-consuming, orthoimagery can provide a more affordable alternative that’s just as useful.


The data collected from orthoimagery is incredibly valuable for real estate developers, appraisals and valuations. Consider the water-related data, contour lines, slope rasters and elevation data available in a properly developed aerial image. This data can be used to plan out retention ponds, determine areas of high erosion, project planning and more. Plus, unlike satellite imagery that is often of a wider area than needed (not to mention obsolete), orthoimagery can be made of specific locations for more accurate, time-sensitive information.

Orthoimage of real estate development by Prius Intelli


While helpful in planning stages of most relevant industries, orthoimagery can also help businesses respond to unplanned events. Consider the utilities industry. After a large storm, an orthoimage of the affected area can help identify downed power lines and poles much more effectively than doing physical drive-bys. As another example, orthoimages can help monitor tree overgrowth so utility personnel can maintain the integrity of the power lines over time. Knowledge is power “ and the data from aerial imagery can empower your business to respond effectively whenever the unexpected occurs.

Facility aerial by Prius Intelli


A lot goes into the planning and development of renewable energy products. For example, solar farms require detailed analysis to meet slope requirements and dam construction requires an informed understanding of the streams and run-off systems in the area. Orthimagery and its related GIS services can provide all this and more. When processed properly, aerial imagery and elevation data can provide a real-time understanding of the environment, allowing you to use an area’s natural resources as effectively and efficiently as possible.


At Prius Intelli, we know how important it is to understand the value of your project’s environment. Our dedicated team delivers accurate, high-resolution orthophotography, GIS services, and elevation data on demand and at an incredible value. We collect our imagery on an order-by-order basis, so your data is gathered in real-time and delivered on time. For more on how we can help your business, reach out today for a custom consultation and a free quote.

How and when to use manned aircraft aerial imagery, drone or satellite

How and when to use manned aircraft aerial imagery, drone or satellite

Vertical aerial photography is invaluable for capturing geographical information that informs everything from mapping and asset condition to elevation data and change-detection. It wasn’t long after the birth of photography that someone thought to capture an image from the skies. The earliest aerial photographers used balloons, kites, rockets and even pigeons to carry their cameras.

old aerial image taken from a kite
This image was taken in the late 19th century from a kite. The first kind of aerial imagery.

Wilbur Wright piloted the first airplane to capture an aerial photograph in 1909. We still use airplanes to carry cameras into the skies today, but their technology has advanced greatly. The information collected goes far beyond pictures, providing a plethora of data that starts with beautiful imagery. But not all aerial photographs are created equally. Today, vertical imagery used for GIS (geographic information system) purposes is mostly done from one of three vehicles: piloted airplanes, unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites. Although each has its unique value and purpose, the precision of data that can be captured and the costs associated should be considered when deciding your needs. However, keep in mind that it’s not necessarily an either/or situation. These technologies can be complementary.


Orthoimage of pipeline ditch by Prius Intelli

Satellite images are what people find most familiar in terms of vertical geographical imagery, thanks to Google and Bing maps. The first satellites were sent into orbit in the 1950s and today hundreds of Earth Observing Satellites are in orbit around our planet with their sensors and cameras pointed back at us. The information they provide helps us to understand our planet, its geographical features and climate. People often think that with so many satellites it would be easy to obtain specific and detailed aerial imagery of almost anything or any place on Earth. It’s not. There are a few challenges with satellite imagery. First, there is the problem of what information is made available to the public. Although satellite technology exists for capturing detailed and real-time data, that data is mostly owned by governments. Regulations around privacy and national security limit what most people can access, which is mostly dated and low-resolution imagery. There is also the issue of time lag between vertical data being captured by a satellite and the image being made available. That data can be weeks, months or even years old. Satellites generally do a sweep of a particular area every couple of years. Someone looking for signs of recent land erosion or pipeline leaks won’t find satellite imagery useful. Not to mention the issue of clouds that can block views. The cost of satellite imagery can be prohibitive. Small companies often find it hard to get what they need. Satellite images are licensed by brokers who are not motivated to work with customers that only require imagery of small areas. Satellite imagery is good for a broad view of a very large area that doesn’t require fine resolution.  


example of drone used for a land survey
This is a great example of a drone that would be used for aerial imagery and land surveys. Although high-tech and high-quality, they have their limitations due to flying range and regulations.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), frequently referred to as drones, have been used since World War II for both military and commercial use. As the name suggests, UAVs don’t have pilots on board. However, they do require licensed operators on the ground that know what they’re doing. Drones are very special to me because that’s where I started my career in aerial imagery. Those little flying robots are just the coolest thing, but UAVs are heavily regulated due to aviation safety and privacy concerns. You need direct access to the property you want to survey and all the permissions that go along with that. The real positive about drones is that they can provide very high-quality data because of the low altitudes they are capable of. UAVs can be very tactical. If you know where you need very detailed imagery captured, you can send in a drone team.  that can record very specific data. But if you have a project of a larger size or scope, it’s really not feasible for most companies to use UAVs in today’s regulatory environment. The cost is typically prohibitive due to the man-hours and all the permissions needed.  


image out of the window of manned aircraft
This image was taken in South Texas by Prius Intelli’s manned imagery aircraft pilot.

Manned aircraft are just as significant for capturing aerial imagery and data today as they were in the days of the Wright brothers, who literally took aerial photography to the next altitude. Although not all operators do this, the right aerial imagery provider will carry advanced equipment that can provide very high resolution and cover extensive distances in a cost-effective way. Airplanes can cover a lot of ground very quickly. That’s a lot of data potentially being captured in a relatively short amount of time – not just visual data, but also elevations and other geographical information. Manned aircraft are also more weather and wind resilient. It is not uncommon for imagery to be needed in areas with sustained winds over 35 miles per hour. Winds like that would all but ground most UAVs due to the operating limitations of an unmanned aircraft. A company with in-house drone capabilities and hundreds of miles to cover would find it more feasible and economical to start with a broader, manned aerial survey to identify small areas that need closer examination by drone. This approach can make it possible for engineering firms to provide cost-effective imagery for their customers and multiply their own UAV imagery utility. Using unmanned vehicles with this approach provides a very clear and repeatable return on investment. Manned aircraft imagery can be invaluable for things like detecting leaks along a pipeline or for an aerial survey of a vast area of land. It’s a great solution for engineering firms, land service companies and just about anyone with an interest in understanding a piece of property or area of land. If you are trying to monitor and ensure the viability of a location-based asset, aerial imagery can make that much easier and more efficient. And with working from home so common, assets can be monitored from a desktop in an employee’s home office. Although manned aircraft aerial imagery is a stand-alone solution, it can also be complementary to UAV and satellite. 


manned aircraft imagery from prius intelli compared to satellite imagery
This image compares Prius Intelli’s manned aircraft imagery from a South Texas ranch to satellite imagery. The clarity, precision, and accuracy of Prius Intelli’s manned aircraft imagery is unmatched.

At the end of the day, there is a place and a use for wide area satellite imagery, strategic, manned aircraft geographical data and surgically placed UAV/drone coverage. Satellite images can give you a very broad understanding of a region. Manned aircraft can be used to pinpoint problems across long distances and identify with precision those small areas you might want to surgically insert a drone team. The sky’s the limit with all the advanced aerial imagery technology available, but it all starts with knowing your budget, along with how fresh and detailed you want the data to be.  If you have questions about aerial imagery or would like some help understanding how it can benefit your business, please don’t hesitate to reach out to usWe’re always ready to help leaders find solutions.GET IN TOUCH

Prius Intelli Offers Aerial Imagery and GIS Services for Free

Prius Intelli Offers Aerial Imagery and GIS Services for Free


FT. WORTH, Texas, Oct. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Challenging times require extra measures for companies to succeed, and COVID-19 has indeed created many challenges.  

To stay competitive in these times, industries such as oil and gas, real estate and agriculture are undergoing a digital transformation, streamlining every possible process. Making full use of emerging technologies will prepare them to do more than survive this crisis–these kinds of business solutions will allow them to come away from it ready to reach new heights.

Prius Intelli understands the challenges.

“As a geospatial technology and aerial imagery company, we know our products and solutions can help businesses make better and faster decisions that will keep them ahead of the game,” says Josh Vinyard, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Prius Intelli. “Having started this company in the initial days of COVID-19, we understand the obstacles everyone faces.”

To help companies with the technology solutions they need, Prius Intelli is offering a series of free options, including:

  • Up to twenty square miles of complimentary, custom-collected aerial imagery
  • Complimentary access to Prius Intelli’s GIS software
  • Complimentary GIS consulting services time with Prius Intelli GIS Specialists

This Prius Intelli promotion will be available from October 22, 2020 to December 31, 2020 for any business that sees surface imagery or GIS services as important, but beyond their current budget. It is for any company in any industry that wishes to use their high-quality, accurate aerial imagery and advanced GIS software to improve their decision making and reduce operating costs.

Companies already moving into this kind of disruptive technology may be tapping into satellite imagery, then processing that and related data through as many as five other platforms to evaluate information and make decisions. Not only is this time consuming and expensive, satellite data is known to be outdated by as much as three years. 

Prius Intelli’s aerial data is collected on demand, so it is always up to date and accurate. Related data can then be processed through Prius Intelli’s proprietary GIS platform as a service. This creates cost savings and efficiencies that are otherwise unavailable.  

All data from Prius Intelli is hosted on a collaborative platform, enabling companies with work-from-home policies to easily share and analyze assets remotely. 

For more information on this promotion, click here.

*Offer subject to discretion of Prius Intelli. 

About Prius Intelli: Prius Intelli is a Fort Worth-based provider of aerial imagery and GIS data. Continuous research and innovation has pushed them to the forefront of efficient technologies that collect and process necessary data at a fraction of its previous cost. 

Hunter Herren 
Phone: 817-907-5855 

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Prius Intelli Launches into Aerial Imagery

Prius Intelli Launches into Aerial Imagery


FT. WORTH, Texas, May 27, 2020 — The need for clear, detailed surface imagery in planning infrastructure has rendered standard satellite surface data obsolete. Aerial imagery pioneers Hunter Herren and Josh Vinyard announce the opening of Prius Intelli (First to Understand) to meet that need for companies in oil and gas, railroads, utilities, construction, finance and many other sectors.

The company uses highly advanced, custom-made cameras capable of capturing visual images down to 4 inches, allowing object recognition of equipment, surface elevations and even plant life. Additionally, thermal imagery can pinpoint leaks from pipelines, orphaned wells and other sources that would cost much more to find through ground-based procedures. This type of environmental assessment is becoming crucial in EHS (Environmental, Health and Safety) increasingly required by regulators and good governance.

“This is the highest quality surface imagery possible, says Herren. œAnd by using piloted aircraft covering large areas in a short time, we can offer this for a surprisingly affordable price.”

œWith this, an E&P company can pinpoint well pad placement based on digital elevation models without the time and expense of sending a crew to survey and report back, he continued.

To provide the best imagery at an affordable price, the company decided to overcome the distance and elevation limitations of drone photography by using a piloted fixed-wing aircraft to cover large areas. It flies several hours each day, depending on the weather and the season.

The company offers fast delivery of needed survey information such as GIS Basemaps, orthoimagery and more, collecting images and returning the finished product to clients within 10 days.

With their experience in aerial photography and drones, Vinyard and Herren saw that standard methods of topographical data gathering were either too time intensive (sending a group of people to a site) or lacking in detail (satellite imagery) to give value in the current market“even before the Coronavirus lockdown. They saw an opportunity to provide data and value to a long list of industries.

Prius Intelli is a Fort Worth-based company, working primarily in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana. With orders skyrocketing, the company plans expansion into other parts of the United States in the next twelve months.