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Oblique Imagery

What is Oblique Imagery?

Oblique imagery is aerial photography that is captured at approximately a 45 degree angle with the ground.  The angle which is inherent to oblique imagery allows viewers to see and measure not only the top of objects but the sides as well. Oblique Imagery more closely resembles how people normally view their landscape compared to traditional orthagonal (straight down) imagery.Click here for public access to the Johnson County oblique imagery.

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When Was the Johnson County Oblique Imagery Flown?

The 2012 oblique imagery was the fourth collection of oblique imagery for Johnson County, it was flown in late February and early March 2012 in an attempt to capture "leaf off" conditions. Oblique imagery was also collected, and is available, for 2006, 2008 and 2010.

How Can I access Oblique Imagery?

Public Web Access:

Public access is available online, through this link. Users can view oblique imagery and search by address, tax id number or latitude and longitude. Multiple property views are available from all four cardinal directions. Imagery is available for the years of 2006, 2008, 2010 and the most current imagery from spring 2012. This short User Guide provides information on the navigational tools available within this public interface.

myAIMS Web Access:

By accessing the oblique application through their myAIMS account, registered users are provided with additional funtionality and tools that allow for measuring and integration of GIS data. Users can log into their myAIMS account and select the “Oblique Web App (Pictometry)" link or, go to and log in with their email address and myAIMS password. Training guides and videos can be found here.

Desktop Software:

There is also a desktop software package, provided by Pictometry International, Inc. that users can install. This software requires the installation of the entire imagery set (up to 1 TB of data for the 3 years of available imagery). If you are need of the full desktop installation product, please contact AIMS for more information.

What Types of Applications is Oblique Imagery Used For?

There are many uses for oblique imagery. It can be a vital tool for any situation where you would like to view and measure all sides of an object.  Although the possiblities are endless, oblique imagery is commonly used in emergency management, community planning, and property assessment situations.