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Geospatial Highlights Week of 4/12

Each week GeoDataPoint finds a selection of good reads related to hot topics in the geospatial community. This week, Google is making headlines with its purchase of solar-powered drone company Titan Aerospace; read about a University of Connecticut researcher's pioneering LiDAR project, which recently earned international acclaim for uncovering Rhode Island history; and a drone bill sparks constitutional debate in Louisiana Senate committee.

Benita Mehta 11 hours ago

USIBD Seeks Feedback to Impact Industry Standards

Owners, architects, engineers and general contractors: Are you having difficulties receiving building documentation information that meets your project’s needs?  USIBD is here to help. During the next four weeks we are looking for feedback from all industries and professions that have an interest in the building documentation industry of our draft Request For Qualifications (RFQ), 3D Imaging Specification, Level Of Accuracy (LOA) Specification, Request For Proposal (RFP), and their associated user guides.

Carlos Gregory Velazquez 6 days ago

Digital Film: A New Era of Sensors for Surveying and Mapping

We are entering a new era for sensors that will reshape the quality of data that geomatics and surveying professionals have to work with—for the better. More significantly, the advancements in sensors will alter the way that collection companies work with their clients, and that new relationship will enable each tier of the geospatial industry to pursue higher-level, higher-margin work than in the past.

Dr. Armando Guevara 6 days ago

Geospatial Highlights From Around the Web

Each week GeoDataPoint finds a selection of good reads related to hot topics in the geospatial community. This week, find out about NASA's new airborne mission to measure the snowpack of major mountain watersheds in California; learn why drones may be reshaping the mining industry; and read about a Houston missing-persons search group fighting an FAA order to stop using unmanned aircraft.

Benita Mehta 08 April 2014

Open Source from Boundless Allows Flexibility, Creativity

Since its origin in the 1980s, development of open source software has picked up momentum and acceptance has become widespread. It is clearly not a passing fad and now forms the foundation of nearly every large and successful internet company, from open source providers like Red Hat to proprietary enterprises like Facebook, Google and Amazon.

Linda Duffy 03 April 2014

It’s Time the Geospatial Community Reclaims “Drones”

“Drones. Drones. Drones.” There! I said it. DRONES. As a member of the remote sensing and geospatial community I'm not to use this “bad” word.

Mike Tully 03 April 2014

Next on the Horizon: LiDAR UAV without GPS

At the recent ILMF Conference in Denver, the high level of interest in UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) continued as several new systems were introduced. One of the intriguing products demonstrated at the show was an Octocopter UAV carrying a Velodyne HDL-32E LiDAR sensor weighing only about 2 pounds.

Linda Duffy 27 March 2014

Impact of Pirker Decision Subject to Change

Proponents of UAS have seen the decision by the administrative law judge from the National Transportation Safety Board as permission to fly without any need for FAA oversight. However this is a simplification. First, the appeals process has not been exhausted. That doesn’t mean that the FAA will prevail, but the issues are not black and white.

Joseph V.R. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE 20 March 2014

Catch Up With the Huerta v. Pirker UAS Case

Huerta v. Pirker involves a 2011 flight by Raphael Pirker, who used a remotely powered glider to take publicity pictures for a firm that was under contract to the University of Virginia. The FAA, a couple of years later, levied a $10,000 fine on Pirker, claiming he had operated an UAS for commercial purposes. Pirker appealed, and on March 6, the judge sided with Pirker.

Benita Mehta 17 March 2014