Scalable Geo-Spatial Data Solutions for a Global Commercial Real Estate Services Firm

Analytics & VisualizationAstronomer/AirflowAzureSnowflakeTerraformReal Estate & Construction


A global leader in commercial real estate services managing properties across multiple states faced significant challenges in integrating geospatial data into its decision-making processes. This firm approached Blue Orange Digital to develop a scalable solution that would enhance its property analysis capabilities.


The firm struggled with several data-related challenges:

  • Geo-Spatial Data Integration: Minimal geospatial context made it difficult to make informed decisions regarding property acquisitions, developments, and sales.
  • Technological Limitations: The absence of geo-enriched real estate data assets prevented the company from leveraging advanced technologies like AI and machine learning, which impeded their decision-making and analytical processes.

Discovery and Assessment

Blue Orange Digital began by conducting an extensive audit of the existing data systems, identifying the key issues that limited the firm’s operational efficiency:

  • Performance Constraints: The existing Airflow environment was nearing its operational capacity, leading to significant performance bottlenecks.
  • Lack of Advanced Features: The absence of features supporting advanced user management, governance, and multi-tenancy in their data architecture.
  • Analytics Best Practices: There was no documented approach for implementing best practices in data engineering, affecting the maintainability and performance of the environment.

The Solution

The solution comprised two phases, focusing on developing a robust data architecture and enhancing data management practices:

Phase I: Blue Orange Digital recommended architectural and procedural enhancements to improve the data architecture team’s efficiency. This included leveraging technologies like the Astronomer Platform for managed Airflow and Terraform for infrastructure management.

Phase II: Implementation of a geo-spatial data warehouse using Snowflake for its robust support of spatial data types and integration with GIS tools. 

This phase involved:

Data Enrichment: Normalizing and enriching data models with critical geo-spatial data points such as universities and restaurants.

Real-Time Data Visualization: Enabling brokers to analyze and visualize geospatial data in real-time through customer-facing dashboards.

Technologies Used

  • Microsoft Azure: Served as the cloud platform.
  • Snowflake: Chosen for its advanced spatial data handling capabilities.
  • Astronomer Platform: Managed the deployment and scaling of Airflow.
  • Terraform: Used for infrastructure management.


Geo-Spatial Data Warehouse: Leveraged Experian data and implemented Snowflake’s data cloud, focusing on spatial data processing and indexing.
Workflow Orchestration: Implemented a scalable and reliable multi-tenant Airflow environment managed by the Astronomer Platform, which facilitated general-purpose workflow orchestration services across business units.


The implementation of these solutions transformed the company’s approach to real estate investment and management by:

  • Enhancing Decision-Making: Integrating spatial data into their analytical processes allowed for more precise and informed decision-making.
  • Increasing Efficiency: The new data architecture significantly reduced data duplication and improved processing times, enhancing overall operational efficiency.
  • Driving Customer Satisfaction: Improved data insights and analytics capabilities led to enhanced customer service, resulting in higher satisfaction levels and repeat business.


With Blue Orange Digital’s expert guidance and tailored solutions, the commercial real estate firm successfully overcame its challenges with geospatial data, setting a new standard for data-driven decision-making in the real estate sector. The firm is now better equipped to handle large-scale data workloads, drive innovation, and maintain a competitive edge in the dynamic real estate market.