Perimeter Ground Elevation

BuildingFootprintUSA is proud to announce Perimeter Ground Elevation. This addition will allow you to advance your ground elevation analysis and see beyond the maximum, minimum, and average elevation of a structure. Perimeter Ground Elevation shows the most accurate elevation level at each vertex of our building footprints, creating opportunities for deeper analysis, and a better understanding of each building. 


BuildingFootprintUSA’s expansion into Perimeter Ground Elevation (PGE) takes our commitment to offer the highest level of accuracy within our comprehensive dataset to the next level. PGE contains a point layer wherein each point corresponds to the vertices of our building footprints and contains a highly accurate elevation value represented in meters. 

Utilizing the highest accuracy digital elevation models is critical to this product and we have taken the time to carefully curate our dataset at a 1 meter or better accuracy. The value of this can be seen in our output where the difference between points with an elevation taken from a 30m accuracy can be seen in striking difference to those we have.

Take this building to the left, without PGE we would know that the building has a minimum elevation of 4.9 and a maximum elevation of 5.52, with the average being ___. While valuable data, in order to take our understanding of this building to the next level of accuracy, it is necessary to include the spatial aspects of it’s elevation. By adding our Perimeter Ground Elevation we can see that there is only one point which falls below 5ft, we can see exactly where this is, and what is around it. This additional understanding can make a world of difference in qualifying flood zones, understanding risk, and ultimately making better business decisions.


Going beyond the minimum, maximum, and average elevation allows you to understand a building within its ground environment without having to go into the field for visuals or measurements. With this dataset you can see which areas of a house are within a flood zone, or the gradient change from the east to the west of a house to better see the structure of the house. A house is only as strong as the foundation upon which it is built, and your analysis is only as strong as your understanding of the house’s foundation. 

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Sourcing and utilizing the most accurate elevation models to curate this dataset is key to the success of this product. Our PGE coverage is continuing to grow to ensure that each elevation level is as accurate as possible. There is a national, 30 meter digital elevation model that is publicly available, however had we used that, points which can vary by multiple meters are reduced to the same value.

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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.”

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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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