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Safety Concerns Grow as More Civilians Operate UAVs

Although it was unknown to many, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) played a major combative role in California’s Happy Camp Complex Wildfire in October 2014. The UAVs provided video visualizations of fire lines and mountains through smoke-obscured skies, mapped retardant drops and tracked firefighting vehicles as well as the advancement of the fire itself.

Mary Shacklett
about 5 days and 3 hours ago

USIBD Releases New Standards for the Industry

In an industry of rapidly developing advancements in technologies used in design, construction, maintenance and the life cycle of facilities the need for well-defined documents addressing issues of qualifications, specifications, accuracy and uniform proposal responses is critical.  On Jan. 7, 2015, the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) published its introductory set of Building Documentation Standards/Specifications.

Bryan Merritt
2 weeks and one day ago

ILMF in February Showcases Latest Geospatial Trends

International LiDAR Mapping Forum is a technical conference and exhibition focused on data acquisition, fusion, processing & point clouds for aerial surveying and mapping used to support transport, urban modeling, coastal zone mapping, utility asset management and more.

Sean Higgins
2 weeks and one day ago

10 Most-Read Articles of 2014

As we begin 2015, GeoDataPoint takes a look at what was popular with our readers in 2014. Here are the top 10 stories of the past year. Hot topics appear to be LiDAR and UAVs, which will likely be big in 2015 as well.

Benita Mehta
3 weeks and one day ago

Increasing GPS Data’s Reach

Global positioning technology is most often associated with GPS navigation in vehicles and locational services on mobile devices. But with the growth of big data initiatives, which combine data from many different sources and then analyze and draw actionable conclusions from it, more companies are innovating new business contexts in which to deploy GPS.

Mary Shacklett
one month and one week ago

MAPPS Urges States to Exempt Surveying, Mapping from UAS Legislation

MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello called on state legislatures to exempt aerial surveying and mapping from any legislation limiting unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), sometimes derisively called "drones."

John Palatiello
one month and one week ago

Thumbing a Nose at Mother Nature: Survey at the Desktop

Mother Nature really pulled a joke on us this year. Up to 7 feet of snow blanketed parts of western New York, then flooding; Detroit already has seen its seasonal snowfall; Buffalo 8 feet of snow in one day; 80 percent of California is in either extreme or exceptional drought; lava flowing like molasses in Hawaii and in the Midwest where the temperature can swing in extremes of 100 degrees we do not welcome the frigid temperatures we have seen before Thanksgiving.

As a land surveyor in the Midwest we learn to acclimate to extreme weather, however according to Survival Magazine it is easier to acclimate to heat than it is to cold. Query any job description for a land surveyor and they all state “must be able to work in extreme weather conditions.” 

Michael R. Frecks, LS
about one month and 3 weeks ago

Who or What Will Disrupt Your Business in 2015?

The members of MAPPS, the national association of private sector geospatial firms, will have the opportunity to learn about, discuss and debate the threats and opportunities presented by emerging and disruptive technology at the MAPPS Winter Conference to be held Jan. 25–29, 2015, in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

The Chair of the MAPPS Program Committee, Mike Tully, President and CEO of Aerial Services, Inc., describes the agenda as “covering changes in the market from a business and a technical standpoint that are emerging as opportunities or maybe as threats by infringing on traditional practices. We communicate a great mix of information using new technology briefings, updates on UAVs and other FAA policies, ‘best practice’ presentations, and the status of upcoming government opportunities.”

Linda Duffy
about one month and 3 weeks ago

FAA Can Fine Reckless UAS Operation

This week, after an appeal by the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board overturned a March decision in FAA v. Pirker that dropped a $10,000 fine imposed on Raphael Pirker for reckless operation of a Zephyr model unmanned aircraft on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Va.

Benita Mehta
2 months and one week ago