11 timelapse images show how Australia’s transport projects are racing to serve a booming population

South Australia’s Port River Expressway, 2014-2018. Picture: Nearmap.com.au

Geographic Information Systems have been around since the late 60s and are what you and I would broadly consider “computer mapping”. It’s great for checking out real estate, exploring Google Earth or finding a promising deep sea fishing spot.

It’s a million times more subtle and sophisticated for those actually working in the GIS industry, and in 1999, the founder of leading GIS company Esri, Jack Dangermond, figured it was time geographic intelligence was celebrated worldwide.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of GIS Day, yesterday, aerial imagery specialists Nearmap have released a bunch of timelapse images showing how Australia’s transport networks are growing.

From Brisbane Airport’s second runway to the Port River Expressway upgrade in South Australia, it’s always a busy time as authorities fight the neverending battle against congestion.

Let’s start with what’s going on in NSW:

Light rail depot, Randwick, NSW, 2016-2018

Tallawong Station, NSW, 2014-2018

Kellyville station, NSW, 2014-2018

As Australia’s population races toward a projected 36 million by 2050, the federal government has chipped in $24.5 billion this year for new transport projects alone.

Brisbane Airport, 2014-2018

Nearmap has been taking high-resolution aerial photos of the Australian urban landscape for more than 10 years now, putting it in the box seat to follow the rapid transformation of our major cities.

Centre Rd level crossing, Clayton, VIC, 2014-2018

Chandler Highway upgrade, Alphington, VIC, 2013-2018

O’Herns Road upgrade, Epping, Vic, 2015-2018

“There is an onus on geospatial professionals, planners and developers to make use of the modern technology at their fingertips,” Nearmap executive Shane Preston says.

“We operate in a 3D world but we’re still taking a 2D approach to planning.

“Visualising proposed development sites and their wider surroundings in 3D provides a unique perspective for planners, developers and everyone involved, to drive more efficient, informed and accurate long-term decision making.”

Matagarup Bridge, East Perth, WA, 2015-2018

Redcliff Station, WA, 2015-2018

Roe Highway upgrade, Welshpool, WA, 2-13-2018

Port River Expressway upgrade, SA, 2014-2018

For more information about Nearmap’s aerial imagery services, visit their website here.