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We deliver high accuracy location data for locating, analyzing and visualizing your critical business information.

At BuildingFootprintUSA™, we develop next-generation geolocation data centered on the built environment — where people live, work, shop and play. Our hyper-accurate building data helps you make critical decisions that are highly dependent on location

Where is the insured asset, what are its attributes, and what risks are nearby? How do structures, their heights and building contents define how you create your 5G network?  Where are customers in relation to commercial buildings?

BuildingFootprintUSA™ data solutions answer these questions for you and more.  We help you minimize risk, efficiently build out infrastructure and networks, engage with customers and reduce expenditures.

We enable professionals across diverse industries to solve their business problems.

BuildingFootprintUSA™ data solutions currently power:

  • Insurance companies determining the risk of wildfire and flood peril to their portfolio
  • Telco companies analyzing the buildout of fiber and wireless solutions
  • Energy companies making planning, investment and maintenance decisions
  • GIS companies building out high accuracy geocoding solutions
  • and much more…

Building Our Story

What does our team do?

We are figuring out how to do something that hasn’t been done before. Curating and creating thousands of data feeds, blending those data feeds together and enriching them with information, and delivering this business critical information to you to solve your problems.

Walk around our office and what would you see? You would see people using a wide mix of data, software and GIS technologies – python, java, ArcGIS, MapInfo, QGIS, Postgres, FME, R, and more.  All of these technologies are used in some part of the work that we are doing to design, create, test and deliver our products.

Who are the team members? We are a diverse team with a great mix of experiences, from seasoned Location Intelligence industry veterans to team members wrapping up their advance degrees or heading off to college.

And what do we value in our team? We value people who can master skills, tools and practices, who can work and think independently, and who are connected with the mission of the company to deliver great products to customers.

Your business challenges are unique and you expect unique solutions that meet your needs. We work with you to insure that your data solution is tailored to solve your toughest business problems.

BFUSA Takes Pride in the Ability to:

  • Offer flexible licensing terms.
    We can license data under virtually any customer usage scenario.
  • Choose the appropriate third party sales channel and data enrichment partners.
    We prioritize relationships with important channel partners and data providers to ensure maximum reach of our product into target
We collect data from local government and Open Data initiatives.
We collect data from local government and Open Data initiatives.

BFUSA data is much more than building shapes. We focus on providing core attribution for every structure, including addressing, building height and ground elevation.

We partner with reputable building data companies.
We partner with reputable building data companies.

BFUSA has developed connections to important third parties for tax assessor data, assessed value, market value, number of buildings, property usage and more.

We purchase quality affordable data as needed.
We purchase quality affordable data as needed.

BFUSA has expert knowledge to integrate and aggregate multiple data elements to the building level to enable building-centric analytics which provides problem solving insight.

We manufacture data  from LIDAR and imagery sources.
We manufacture data from LIDAR and imagery sources.

BFUSA delivers data to accommodate any customer workflow like bulk files in popular GIS formats and in late 2019 we will also offer API integrations.

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LightBox acquires industry leader BuildingFootprintUSA™

IRVINE, CA – February 1, 2021 – LightBox, a leading provider of commercial real estate data and workflow solutions, announced the acquisition of BuildingFootprintUSA™, the premier provider of building and structure boundaries for location analytics. With this acquisition, LightBox will immediately make building footprints available to its customers.

Connecting BuildingFootprintUSA datasets to LightBox data will create the industry’s only fully integrated parcel, building structure, and property attribute datasets for comprehensive location intelligence across the commercial real estate, telecommunications, routing & logistics, and insurance markets, as well as the broader geospatial ecosystem.

“This acquisition demonstrates our ongoing commitment to innovation that serves the commercial real estate ecosystem. We’re looking to replace existing information silos with industry standard linked datasets. Our parcels and property data will now be integrated with rooftop-level geocodes, addresses, and boundaries,” said LightBox CEO, Eric Frank. “We strongly believe the future is one of connected datasets and we want to drive this change for the commercial real estate industry in the US and Canada.”

BuildingFootprintUSA was founded in 2016 in Albany, New York. The company serves customers of all size within commercial real estate, telecommunications, insurance, and mapping solutions with high-accuracy location data to facilitate accurate site selection, routing, spatial analysis and data visualization. Customers leverage building geometry, height, and ground elevation data to assist in determining potential flood risks, expanding broadband connectivity, policy planning for safety and security, and broader geospatial analytics.

“Joining LightBox gives us an exciting opportunity to grow and deliver our data and solutions to a broader segment of the commercial real estate market in the US and Canada,” said Karl Urich, founder and president of BuildingFootprintUSA. “By combining our datasets with those of LightBox, we will be able to offer the most accurate boundary, address, and geocoding dataset available.”

To learn more about how you can begin leveraging solutions that combine the best of BuildingFootprintUSA and LightBox today, please visit

LightBox is building the world’s leading real estate information and technology platform. LightBox customers comprise all types of enterprises needing authoritative real estate data and workflow solutions, including brokers, developers, investors, lenders, insurers, environmental consultants, corporations, technology companies, and valuation professionals. LightBox is backed by Silver Lake and Battery Ventures.

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At BFUSA LightBox, we develop next-generation geolocation data centered on the built environment — where people live, work, shop, and play. Our hyper-accurate building and address data helps customers make critical decisions that are highly dependent on location. Learn more about BFUSA.

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