Frequently Asked Questions: RS Metrics

Who is RS Metrics?

Founded in 2010, RS Metrics analyzes and derives data from satellite and aerial imagery to provide fundamental insights, trends and predictive signals for businesses and investors in metals, industrials, retail and commercial real estate.

RS Metrics’ proprietary, patented technology platform leverages advanced computer vision and machine learning and a scaled QC workflow to generate accurate, predictive and consumable information for customers with fundamental and quantitative focus and capabilities.

What type of data does RS Metrics provide?

MetalSignals Copper is a dataset that provides satellite-imagery based trends, and predictive signals for global copper production and storage. The data is based on changes in daily, weekly, monthly and year-over-year estimated growth in raw materials, as well as finished products stored outside approximately hundreds of global smelters and storage facilities.

Estimated measurements for each location include:

  • Metal Stockpile Area (m²): Finished products such as cathodes
  • Concentrates Stockpile Area (m²)
  • Concentrate Bags Area (m²)
  • Copper Anodes Area (m²)
  • General Metals Area (m²)
  • Semi-Trailer Trucks
  • Employee Cars
  • Dump Trucks/Tippers

The data includes approximately five years of historical data (back to 2013 for most locations) and ongoing daily and weekly updates from 90 copper smelters and storage facilities.

Frequency of data collected for each location ranges from every few days to every few months (dependent largely on how remote the location is and historical interest in tasking satellites). Frequency will increase over time as more satellites become operational, with expectations to reach near-daily frequency for most locations in 2019.

Note: There may be some days where little or no new data is posted, depending on recent satellite collections.

What is the file format of the RS Metrics data?

File format is .CSV.

What is the average daily file size?

Typically, 50kb of additional data is added to the full historical file each day.

How many files are available per day?

One file is uploaded each day.

What is the Delivery frequency of the data?

New data is delivered daily for daily subscriptions, and weekly for weekly subscriptions.

What time is delivery time of the data each day?

Typically, 12 p.m. Eastern Time.

Are files compressed?


Are sample files available?

Yes, complete global history is available with any trial subscription. A smaller sample file is also available without a subscription.

View sample data.

How far back historically is data available?

January 2013.

How is the data structured?

See separate MetalSignals data field descriptions document.

Field Description file