Google Earth Pro to Lose U.S. Parcel Data

Google Earth Pro to Lose U. S. Parcel Data

It has barely been a year since Google announced that Google Earth Pro(GEP) would be available to anyone for free. Prior to that, many land surveyors and related professionals paid for the Pro version ofGoogle Earth for it’s amazing features to help with reconnaissance, mapping, and more.

While many were happy that Google chose to make GEP free on January 30, 2015, others were skeptical of the decision (count me in on the latter). At least in my case, I presumed that the sudden change to a free model meant that Google was losing interest in maintaining it. My theory may be starting to rear its ugly head now that Google has chosen to remove the United States Parcel Data layer(s) and the Parcel (APN) Search feature. At the same time, they will also be removing the U. S. Demographics and U. S. Daily Traffic Counts layers. My theory may be totally off-base — I guess we’ll find out over time.

These changes will be made on January 29, 2016, as Google has pointed out in their Help Forum.

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Wendell was a Land Surveyor for 26 years, then moved on to building websites for his second career. But he never lost sight of the surveying community and the other disciplines related to surveying. He's purposely stayed involved in the surveying industry because he has always been — and will continue to be — a Land Surveyor at heart.


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