Before I get into this feature announcement I would like to take a moment and say that I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this chaotic time. COVID-19 has swept the world and it’s been life-altering in so many ways. Beyond the physical threats associated with the virus, we’re dealing with a massive mental shift and our lives will forever be impacted by the events of this pandemic. Our routines and habits have been disrupted and an entirely new normal is being defined.
It’s tough to be optimistic during a time like this, but by nature I’m cautiously optimistic. I have considered that this event has opened the door to a subsequent renaissance. People are assessing their value hierarchy, determining what really matters to them while at the same time being very open to exploring new ideas. This event has shaken the world, but we will prevail, and on the other side I foresee a bright future where we will be more resilient, caring and open-minded.
Introducing parcel lot dimensions
Parcel lot dimensions have been on our road map for quite a while. It’s not a simple feature to build when all the nuances are considered, but I’m extremely happy with the results. We soft-launched the feature last week so some of you have already started playing with it. If you’re a premium Scoutred user you will now see the length of each parcel line segment as shown in the following screen shot:
I find parcel lot dimensions such a fun addition to the mapping experience. It adds a whole new dimension (pun intended) to parcel data and provides another way to conveniently perform early stage due diligence. I’m excited to hear how the you all integrate this new feature into your work flows.
Lets talk about accuracy
Scoutred leverages GIS data. GIS data has varying degrees of accuracy depending on the capabilities of the data authority. We don’t author GIS data but rather aggregate and normalize it from various data authorities. Because of this, the accuracy of the data we deliver is dependent on the accuracy of the source GIS data. GIS data is always improving and therefore the accuracy is always improving. This considered, it’s important to understand that parcel lot dimensions on Scoutred are not a replacement for a professional survey. They can absolutely be used for early stage due diligence, but they don’t come with the guarantee that a professional survey provides.
Parcel lot dimensions are a premium feature and can be accessed three ways:
- Individual parcel unlock: If you unlock a parcel you can view it’s lot dimensions.
- Day pass: A day pass will give you access to all parcel lot dimensions for 24 hours.
- Monthly subscription: All monthly subscriptions include parcel lot dimensions on every parcel.
For more details about Scoutred’s premium features, check out our pricing page.
We have not officially launched our API, but have been building it behind the scenes. Parcel lot dimensions are available via our API as well as a bunch of other data APIs including search and vector tiles. We’re going to be slowly opening up the API throughout 2020 so if you’re interested in integrating with Scoutred’s APIs please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again for exploring Scoutred with us and stay safe!
Written by Alexander Rolek