Since our launch of our Virtual Earth 3D city models and terrain back in November 2006, I have envisioned the use of this mode to provide critical building measurements to Public Sector customers, given the accuracy of our models (as high as 15cm building edge to building edge in many places), for various crisis scenarios: "what is the egress between these two buildings? Can I fit a boat between them in a post-Katrina type situation? A tank?" "What is the distance from the ground to the top of this building where my sniper sits?"*
Here is a citizen who has discovered the advantage of our Virtual Earth 3D models through our Live Search Maps site, powered by the Virtual Earth platform, to measure building heights in his neighborhood to understand the impact of proposed development.
City planning commissions should take a look at this.