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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 current oblique imagery was flown in early Spring 2021 in an attempt to capture "leaf off" conditions. Oblique imagery was also collected, and is available, for even-numbered years* from 2006-2018 and odd-numbered years from 2019-current.

*The 2008 oblique photography is unavailable via the public web application, however; myAIMS users can access the 2008 oblique photos by contacting us.

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 even-numbered years 2006-2018 (excluding 2008) and odd-numbered years 2019-current.

CONNECTExplorer Access:

By accessing the oblique application through a CONNECTExplorer account, registered users are provided with additional functionality and tools that allow for measuring and integration of GIS data, as well as the ability to save workspaces, bookmarks, and annotation. Accounts to CONNECTExplorer can be created as needed for current myAIMS users.

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.