Blom Assists in Emergency Response with Aerial Imagery

Blom has a longstanding history assisting Government Agencies and Local Authorities in the event of natural disasters such as earthquakes, flooding, landslides and wildfires. We fly the affected areas to capture the full scale of the disasters, and the data allows us to analyse the worst hit areas and to build a comprehensive understanding of the territories affected.

In May 2012 the Emilia Romagna region, in the middle of Pianura Padana in Northern Italy, was hit by a seismic swarm which led to a number of earthquakes, measuring upwards of 5 on the Richter scale.

Following the two earthquakes on the 19th and 28th May, Blom flew and captured 70 km² of ortho imagery at 7cm GSD, and 450 km² of 10/15cm GSD of oblique imagery. The data captured was made available for the Italian Civil Defence and Regional Government and is being used as a resource for damage estimation, rescue planning activities and clear-up operations.

The imagery was rapidly uploaded to our geoserver BlomURBEX™ in order to further facilitate immediate access to the data required by the local entities affected by the earthquake.

About Blom
The Blom Group is the largest provider of geospatial services in Europe for both government agencies and private commercial organizations and companies. Blom owns exclusive spatial databases composed of maps, images and 3D models. Focused on online services, Blom provides data and solutions to its customers in many markets and allows its partners to create high added-value applications based on Blom data models and services. This strategy is backed by Blom’s major technical capacity in aircrafts, cameras, laser scanners and mapping systems. This makes it possible for all projects to be carried out within the company, assuring a high quality product is delivered both on-time and to budget. Blom has more than 900 employees and offices in 13 countries and its HQ is located in Oslo, Norway. Blom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker BLO). For more information, visit The demand of advanced and high quality geographical information is steadily growing from year to year. BLOM holds a strong position in the digital geodata market and aims to be the most innovative service provider and preferred choice for its customers.”