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Global Top 100 Geospatial Companies – 2023 Edition

We are delighted to officially announce the 5th Global Top 100 Geo, our annual list of the best geospatial companies in the world as determined by an expert committee. The 2023 expert committee consisted of 16 members – Dr. Nadine Alameh, Justyna Redelkiewicz, Chiara Solimini, Carly Morris, Wilfred Waters, Olivia Powell, Sives Govender, Jonathan Neufeld, Osamu Ochiai, Ng Siau Yong, Denise McKenzie, Maggie Cawley, Holli Howard, Esther Ogbu, Aleksander Buczkowski and Muthukumar Kumar

The annual list is an essential source of information about companies that are utilizing geospatial data and tools to solve problems and is aimed to help our community make sense of the ever-changing geospatial industry ecosystem.

In the coming weeks, we will be sharing more analysis about the Geospatial industry and the ecosystem via our newsletter. Sign up to stay informed!

Global Top 100 Geospatial Companies of 2023

AND here are the Global Top 100 Geospatial Companies of 2023 listed alphabetically.

Previous Editions Company name
New entrant Abley
New entrant AiDash
Also featured in 2022 list Airbus
New entrant Albedo
Also featured in 2022 list Alcis
New entrant Ambee
New entrant Anditi
Also featured in 2022 list Asterra
New entrant Atlas AI
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Autodesk
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Azavea
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Azimap
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Bentley
New entrant Blue Raster
New entrant Cadcorp
New entrant CAE
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists CARTO
Also featured in 2022 list Celantur
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Cesium
New entrant Citydata
New entrant Climate X
Also featured in 2022 list Cloudeo
New entrant Crowd Connected
New entrant Cuebiq
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists DataCapable
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Development Seed
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists DroneDeploy
Also featured in 2022 list Ecopia AI
New entrant Element 84
Also featured in 2022 list Emu Analytics
New entrant Envitia
New entrant EOMAP
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists ESRI
New entrant Fugro
New entrant Genesys
New entrant GeoAerospace
New entrant GEOLYTIX
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists GIS Cloud
New entrant Go Jauntly
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Google
New entrant Hayden AI
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists HERE
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Hexagon
New entrant Hivemapper
New entrant ICEYE
New entrant Kokusai Kogyo
Also featured in 2022 list LiveEO
New entrant Locana
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Mapbox
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Mapcreator
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Mappedin
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists MapTiler
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Maptionnaire
New entrant Mapware
New entrant Mapxus
Also featured in 2022 list Maxar
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Meta
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Microsoft
New entrant Navigine
Also featured in 2022 list Near Space Labs
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Nearmap
New entrant Ocean Networks Canada
New entrant Orbica
New entrant Orbify
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Orbital Insight
Also featured as part of 2019 and 2022 lists Ordnance Survey
Also featured in 2022 list PASCO
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Picterra
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Pix4D
Also featured in 2022 list PLACE
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Planet
New entrant Quantum
Also featured in 2022 list Regrid
Also featured in 2022 list RoadBotics
New entrant Safe Software
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Satelligence
New entrant Satim
New entrant Satyukt Analytics
New entrant Soar.Earth
Also featured in 2022 list Space Intelligence
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Sparkgeo
New entrant Spatineo
New entrant Spectus
New entrant Spottitt
New entrant SynMax
Also featured in 2022 list Synspective.
Also featured in 2022 list Technatium
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists TomTom
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Topcon Positioning
New entrant TopoGIS
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists TravelTime
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Trimble
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Uber
New entrant Unstruk Data
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists UP42
New entrant VIDA
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists What3Words
New entrant Woolpert
Also featured in 2022 list xyzt.ai
Also featured in 2022 list 1Spatial

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How did you arrive at this list?

Our team reviewed over 800 companies and created a shortlist of 262 companies consisting of companies featured in the previous 3 editions (2019, 2021 and 2022), officially nominated companies and expert inputs. The expert committee then cast their votes on the shortlist of 262 companies helping decide the Global Top 100 Geospatial Companies list for 2023. The final list reflects the general consensus of the expert committee. 

Q2. Is the list a ranking?

No. The companies are listed alphabetically and we consciously didn’t want to create any differences between any of the companies listed i.e. it’s the top 100 geospatial companies and not ranked in any way whatsoever.

Q3. Who was part of the expert committee?

The 2023 expert committee consisted of 16 members – Dr. Nadine Alameh, Justyna Redelkiewicz, Chiara Solimini, Carly Morris, Wilfred Waters, Olivia Powell, Sives Govender, Jonathan Neufeld, Osamu Ochiai, Ng Siau Yong, Denise McKenzie, Maggie Cawley, Holli Howard, Esther Ogbu, Aleksander Buczkowski and Muthukumar Kumar

Q4. What information was available to the expert committee to make this call?

Geoawesomeness announced an open call for nominations for the 2023 list on October 4th, 2022 and companies were requested to voluntarily provide answers to 23 questions. The answers were then used as input by the expert committee to better understand the company, its vision and business operations. It goes without saying that each member of the expert committee have their own unique perspective, own expertise and knowledge of the industry.

Q5. What were the criteria?

No official criteria were provided to the expert committee to base their decisions. Each expert made a call based on their unique perspective. We fully stand by their decision and don’t feel it’s necessary to restrict them with quantitive or qualitative criterion that might restrict them in any way whatsoever.

Q6. My company deserves to be on the list! What I can do to convince you?

We understand the passion. Its tough for our team to leave out companies that we believe are doing amazing work but top 100 means that we only have 100 slots so its possible that we have left out many companies that are equally deserving. The best thing you can do right now is to ensure that you nominate your company to the 2024 list once nominations are announced. Nominations and the information companies share with us go a long way in helping our experts understand your company better than any website in the world.

Q7. I have feedback regarding the list, whom do I approach?

We are eager to hear your opinions and constructive criticism. You can email us at info@geoawesomeness.com. Aleks, Muthu or another member of the team will usually get back to you within 1-3 business days.

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Best satellite observations of the Year 2022!

Top satellite observations in 2022!

Here’s a summary of our top observations from spectator.earth from the last year. Observations are based on Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites’ acquisitions. This whole year was varied by sudden atmospheric changes, as well as less noticeable, long-drawn events and presented us with many astonishing observations.

Wildfires around the world

Despite the changes in temperatures and humidity during the year, it didn’t change the fact that we could still see many ongoing wildfires, no matter the season. However, most memorable fires happened during summer months (check out summer observations 2022), such as:

  • Pipeline Fire in Arizona.
  • Oak Fire – one of the largest fires in California in 2022.
  • Fire on Bickerton Island in Australia.
  • Cedar Creek Fire on the east of Oakridge.

Huge Pipeline Fire in Flagstaff Arizona – view on the map.

Oak Fire – one the largest fire in California this year – view on the map.

Fire spotted near Bickerton Airfield on Bickerton Island Australia – view on the map.

Cedar Creek Fire on the east of Oakridge – view on the map.

Active Volcanos

We can observe most volcanic eruptions no matter the time of the year:

  • Very visible all throughout the year activity of Etna in Sicily.
  • October activity of Alaid volcano located on the Kuril islands.
  • Noticeable process of formation of an island caused by recent eruptions of the Home Reef volcano.

About 15km long line of smoke coming from Etna volcano – view on the map.

The latest activity of Alaid volcano – view on the map.

Latest changes of Home Reef volcano – view on the map.

Other Effects of Climate Change

During 2022 there have been many flash flooding events. Climate change is resulting in very polarized struggles in our environment. On one hand, we have a serious problem with droughts, on the other – we have heavy but short rainfalls, which are resulting in floods:

  • Floods in Pakistan visible in the Hamal Lake area.
  • Flood in Death Valley – an extremely dry place in California, where 3/4 of its annual rainfall in summer fell in just 3 hours.
  • The beginning of Autumn was filled with hurricanes and typhoons. One of the most talked about hurricanes was Ian, which had devastating consequences for the state of Florida.
  • We can also observe changes in a bigger time frame, like the melting of the Twitcher Glacier over the past 6 years.

Flood in Death Valley during summer – view on the map.

Floods in Pakistan, visible in Hamal Lake area – view on the map.

The aftermath of Hurricane Ian – view on the map.

The melting of the Twitcher Glacier over the past 6 years – view on the map.

OSINT

Satellite imagery enables us to follow the course of action and events happening all over the world:

  • We could see the continuation of intense fighting in military conflicts, for example in Ukraine. Multiple fires were visible from different parts of the country, like Sievierodonetsk, Sloviansk, and Mariupol in the images below.
  • On September 17 there was an opening ceremony for the Vistula Spit Canal in Poland, which allows bypassing of the Russian Strait of Baltyisk. Below we can see the construction of the Canal which started in February 2019.
  • We could also monitor many different constructions, such as a construction of a new terminal at Kuwait International Airport.

Fires spotted near Sievierodonetsk in Ukraine on May 8th – view on the map.

Fires are visible in the north of Sloviansk – view on the map.

Changes visible in Sentinel2 images of Mariupol in Ukraine – view on the map.

The construction of the Vistula Spit Canal in Poland – view on the map.

The construction of a new terminal at Kuwait International Airport – view on the map.

Beautiful Views

Besides monitoring many world events, we can also use satellite imaging to look for amazing views worldwide. Thanks to satellite images, in just a couple of seconds we can transport to another continent and appreciate the beauty of our planet.

Gosses Bluff – one of the most known Australian impact craters with around 22 kilometers in diameter and 5 kilometers deep – view on the map.

Beautiful view of the British Virgin Islands on the North Atlantic Ocean – view on the map.

Here’s a Sentinel-2 image of the Mississippi River – view on the map.

 

 

Global Top 100 Geospatial Companies of 2023

AND here are the Global Top 100 Geospatial Companies of 2023 listed alphabetically.

Previous Editions Company name
New entrant Abley
New entrant AiDash
Also featured in 2022 list Airbus
New entrant Albedo
Also featured in 2022 list Alcis
New entrant Ambee
New entrant Anditi
Also featured in 2022 list Asterra
New entrant Atlas AI
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Autodesk
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Azavea
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Azimap
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Bentley
New entrant Blue Raster
New entrant Cadcorp
New entrant CAE
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists CARTO
Also featured in 2022 list Celantur
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Cesium
New entrant Citydata
New entrant Climate X
Also featured in 2022 list Cloudeo
New entrant Crowd Connected
New entrant Cuebiq
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists DataCapable
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Development Seed
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists DroneDeploy
Also featured in 2022 list Ecopia AI
New entrant Element 84
Also featured in 2022 list Emu Analytics
New entrant Envitia
New entrant EOMAP
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists ESRI
New entrant Fugro
New entrant Genesys
New entrant GeoAerospace
New entrant GEOLYTIX
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists GIS Cloud
New entrant Go Jauntly
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Google
New entrant Hayden AI
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists HERE
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Hexagon
New entrant Hivemapper
New entrant ICEYE
New entrant Kokusai Kogyo
Also featured in 2022 list LiveEO
New entrant Locana
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Mapbox
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Mapcreator
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Mappedin
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists MapTiler
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Maptionnaire
New entrant Mapware
New entrant Mapxus
Also featured in 2022 list Maxar
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Meta
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Microsoft
New entrant Navigine
Also featured in 2022 list Near Space Labs
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Nearmap
New entrant Ocean Networks Canada
New entrant Orbica
New entrant Orbify
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Orbital Insight
Also featured as part of 2019 and 2022 lists Ordnance Survey
Also featured in 2022 list PASCO
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Picterra
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Pix4D
Also featured in 2022 list PLACE
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Planet
New entrant Quantum
Also featured in 2022 list Regrid
Also featured in 2022 list RoadBotics
New entrant Safe Software
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Satelligence
New entrant Satim
New entrant Satyukt Analytics
New entrant Soar.Earth
Also featured in 2022 list Space Intelligence
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Sparkgeo
New entrant Spatineo
New entrant Spectus
New entrant Spottitt
New entrant SynMax
Also featured in 2022 list Synspective.
Also featured in 2022 list Technatium
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists TomTom
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists Topcon Positioning
New entrant TopoGIS
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists TravelTime
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Trimble
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists Uber
New entrant Unstruk Data
Also featured as part of 2021 and 2022 lists UP42
New entrant VIDA
Also featured as part of 2019, 2021 and 2023 lists What3Words
New entrant Woolpert
Also featured in 2022 list xyzt.ai
Also featured in 2022 list 1Spatial

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How did you arrive at this list?

Our team reviewed over 800 companies and created a shortlist of 262 companies consisting of companies featured in the previous 3 editions (2019, 2021 and 2022), officially nominated companies and expert inputs. The expert committee then cast their votes on the shortlist of 262 companies helping decide the Global Top 100 Geospatial Companies list for 2023. The final list reflects the general consensus of the expert committee. 

Q2. Is the list a ranking?

No. The companies are listed alphabetically and we consciously didn’t want to create any differences between any of the companies listed i.e. it’s the top 100 geospatial companies and not ranked in any way whatsoever.

Q3. Who was part of the expert committee?

The 2023 expert committee consisted of 16 members – Dr. Nadine Alameh, Justyna Redelkiewicz, Chiara Solimini, Carly Morris, Wilfred Waters, Olivia Powell, Sives Govender, Jonathan Neufeld, Osamu Ochiai, Ng Siau Yong, Denise McKenzie, Maggie Cawley, Holli Howard, Esther Ogbu, Aleksander Buczkowski and Muthukumar Kumar

Q4. What information was available to the expert committee to make this call?

Geoawesomeness announced an open call for nominations for the 2023 list on October 4th, 2022 and companies were requested to voluntarily provide answers to 23 questions. The answers were then used as input by the expert committee to better understand the company, its vision and business operations. It goes without saying that each member of the expert committee have their own unique perspective, own expertise and knowledge of the industry.

Q5. What were the criteria?

No official criteria were provided to the expert committee to base their decisions. Each expert made a call based on their unique perspective. We fully stand by their decision and don’t feel it’s necessary to restrict them with quantitive or qualitative criterion that might restrict them in any way whatsoever.

Q6. My company deserves to be on the list! What I can do to convince you?

We understand the passion. Its tough for our team to leave out companies that we believe are doing amazing work but top 100 means that we only have 100 slots so its possible that we have left out many companies that are equally deserving. The best thing you can do right now is to ensure that you nominate your company to the 2024 list once nominations are announced. Nominations and the information companies share with us go a long way in helping our experts understand your company better than any website in the world.

Q7. I have feedback regarding the list, whom do I approach?

We are eager to hear your opinions and constructive criticism. You can email us at info@geoawesomeness.com. Aleks, Muthu or another member of the team will usually get back to you within 1-3 business days.

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