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BHA and Mapillary Case Study: Property Appraisements Made Easier in Erie County, Ohio


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BHA Partners with Mapillary

Bruce Harris & Associates Partners with Mapillary

FEBRUARY 27, 2017

CHICAGO (FEBRUARY 27, 2017)– Bruce Harris & Associates (BHA), a Geographic Information Systems company headquartered in Batavia, Illinois has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Mapillary, a street-level imagery technology company based in Malmö, Sweden.

The partnership seeks to seamlessly integrate Mapillary’s affordable, easy-to-use photo collecting and sharing applications with BHA’s mapping products and services. BHA and Mapillary are confident this partnership will be of great benefit to clients, both in the public and private sector, in the United States and abroad.

Mapillary’s state of the art, do it yourself, street level imagery has been seamlessly integrated into BHA’s Paperless Reappraisal System allowing affordable capture and analysis of street level photography within the appraisal cycle. Bruce Harris recognized the need for quality street level imagery at a price point that all clients could access and Mapillary provided the perfect solution for this problem. Through integration into the PRS, appraisers can now collect street level photography while doing their routine field work. The integration also allows access to the photography within the PRS applications for desktop review, field analysis, and quality control. This marriage of street level imagery and field appraisal has finally put the power, and dollars, back in the appraiser’s hands.

“We are excited to offer this revolutionary appraisal tool to our clients,” said Brandon Harris, Director of Sales & Marketing for Bruce Harris & Associates. “The integration of Mapillary technology into the PRS allows appraisers to harness the power of street-level photography, and opens the door to clients whose budgets may not otherwise have allowed for this type of tool.”

“Working with Bruce Harris has been an excellent education in appraisal services,” said Janine Yoong, Head of Business Development for Mapillary. “We are delighted to see our technology applied so effectively by the industry leader to make street-level imagery more accessible and affordable to appraisers.”
About BHA:
Bruce Harris & Associates, Inc. (BHA) is a professional GIS Company specializing in GIS mapping and product development. BHA has been providing GIS solutions to local government agencies throughout the United States for over 20 years, is an Esri Silver Business Partner, and has ArcGIS For Local Government and ArcGIS Online Specialty designations. Bruce Harris & Associates’ products can be found via ArcGIS Marketplace. BHA proudly offers the following products and services: appraisal support applications, parcel maps and mapping, parcel search websites and web apps, digital aerial photography, ArcGIS for Local Government implementations and solutions, GIS consulting, as well as GIS data creation and data conversion services. BHA’s mission is to provide high-quality mapping data and effective solutions in GIS, by helping clients achieve their goals, reduce costs, and deliver accurate results. For more information, visit or call 630-761-0951.

About Mapillary:
Mapillary is a street-level imagery platform, powered by collaboration and computer vision. By making street-level imagery available and affordable, Mapillary helps to build smart cities, create the maps of the future, and pave the way for autonomous vehicles. Mapillary’s apps and tools empower anyone to collect, share and use street-level images to explore places. Using computer vision, Mapillary reconstructs locations and recognizes objects from the images to generate geospatial data.

Mapillary is an Esri Emerging Business Partner based in Malmö, Sweden with employees in United States, Europe and Australia. For more information, visit

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Bruce & Mary Claire Harris

This month’s Employee Spotlight is an extended interview with Bruce & Mary Claire Harris, the co-founders and co-owners of Bruce Harris & Associates! Enjoy BHA’s last Spotlight of 2016, and cheers to 2017!

Full Interview:

How was BHA created?
MC: Bruce and I started it in our friend’s basement. We got our first job shortly after moving our three-man office to a little spot in Geneva.

When did you know BHA was special?
B & MC: When we landed our very first job with Macon County

What do you see (or would like to see) in the next five years for BHA?
MC: I see amazing potential. BHA’s quality service and reputation set us apart. Our team is remarkable. Our future looks bright. I’m excited about developing new products.

What was the hardest part about starting your own company?
MC: it was a lot of very hard work and many hard hours. Financially, we were quite strapped.

What is your first memory of BHA?
MC: I have two: sitting in the basement coming up with our name. We wanted Harris, Inc., but it was taken. The second, was getting the phone call from Macon County and landing our first job. I remember right where we were both standing.

What is one thing you would have liked to know 20 years ago?
MC: there are reasons I’m glad we didn’t know too much, or we may not have had the courage!

If you didn’t run this company, what would you be doing?
MC: travelling the world and meeting great people.
Bruce: Fishing, golfing, travelling, and spending time with my kids (and future grandchildren!).

What are your proudest moments at BHA so far?
MC: All of it. We persevered! We built it from nothing into something special.
Bruce: Our staff who have contributed to making this company successful. Without good people, this company wouldn’t work.

What were some major turning points in the company’s life?
B & MC: Purchasing J.E. was a pivotal move.

If you could change one thing over the past 20 years, what would it be?
B & MC: Nothing. It is all part of the journey.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned in the past 20 years?
B & MC: Hard work and dedication pay off. Never say never!

When you retire, what is one thing you hope your employees say about you?
MC: That we were caring employers who ran our company with dignity and respect.
B: That we were honest, fair, respectful, and proud of the work they all did.

If your hose was burning down, what is one non-living thing you would save?
MC: Pictures of our kids
B: The grandfather clock my great-grandfather built in 1881.

What did you want to be growing up?
MC: Don’t laugh: a nun. I went to Catholic schools and was taught by nuns. Later, I wanted to be a journalist.
B:  A pro golfer. But I knew I didn’t have the skills, so I became a mapper instead!
What is the first concert you attended?
MC: a Beatles concert at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. It was pouring, they cancelled the concert and girls everywhere were sobbing. We went back a few days later and saw them live. It was amazing. It was 1966 and I was 12 years old.
B: Lou Reed and David Bowie in Madison, Wisconsin.

What is your hidden talent?
MC: I write poetry

What is the worst thing you did as a kid?
MC: I was pretty tame, but I released a snake in the principal’s office on the last day of 8th grade.
B: Probably the time I threw rocks at my brother. One hit him in the headed. He ended up needing 8 stitches.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?
MC: Love. Oh, and my morning cup of coffee.