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The Levels Of The Profession – What Level Are You At?

As I sit back, being a bit long in the tooth in my chosen profession, I have reflected on how my role has changed from when I entered into the craft. So for those of you that have been around long enough to know what “long in the tooth” means or for those that have your whole career before you, I offer you my levels of the profession.

Bryan Merritt
one week and one day ago

Technological Ecosystems: The Power of Blended Technologies

Integrated systems enable geospatial professionals to provide new value in services and deliverables.

Ron Bisio
one month and 6 days ago

Perception - Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

These days, the word drone is used to refer to just about any kind of remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft. That could mean a consumer-grade quadcopter or a slightly more advanced octocopter. But it has a negative connotation. It hasn’t helped any that many of these quadcopters in the hands of amateurs have caused further negative impact on a technology that has proven a valuable tool for commercial use. Regardless of size, the responsibility to fly safely applies equally to manned and unmanned aircraft operations.

Michael R. Frecks, LS
one month and 2 weeks ago

British Cavers Scan Largest Chambers in the World

Interesting projects were in abundance at the recent RIEGL LiDAR conferences in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, but cave explorers seemed to capture everyone’s attention. Andy Eavis and Richard Walters, of the British Caving Association, discussed their project during a user session in Hong Kong and also offered a keynote presentation at the start of the Guangzhou conference.

Benita Mehta
2 months and one week ago

One Step Closer to Commercial Operations for UAS

Efforts to develop commercial markets for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are ramping up as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to loosen restrictions. During AUVSI’s recent Unmanned Systems 2015 conference, FAA chief Michael Huerta made a welcome announcement about new research projects that will focus on beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations in precision agriculture and railroad infrastructure inspection and management. By granting permission for UAS to be studied and evaluated for these particular applications, the FAA is demonstrating a willingness to safely accommodate certain commercial activities in the future.

Linda Duffy
2 months and 2 weeks ago

Riegl LiDAR 2015 Begins With Product Announcements

The RIEGL LiDAR 2015 conference in Hong Kong in early May began with an announcement about upgrades to the company's VUX1 line of scanners. About 300 people from 40 different countries attended the two-day event, with another two-day conference in Guangzhou, China immediately after the first.

Benita Mehta
2 months and 3 weeks ago

Drones On the Rise in Mining Applications

Performing preliminary surveying for mining operations in any type of rough and remote terrain involves getting into the area and performing the survey work with accuracy, as well as facilitating the safety of surveyors who otherwise would have to undertake these risky and unpredictable tasks in extremely difficult conditions.


2 months and 4 weeks ago

From Mining to BIM with Maptek Laser Scanning

Searching for new ways to apply existing geospatial technology is an important component in the continued growth of mature companies. By considering the universal benefits sought by every business, such as reducing operating costs while improving production, performance and profitability, applications in many new markets can be identified.

Linda Duffy
3 months and 6 days ago

SPAR Keynote Compares Augmented Reality to Industrial Revolution

Revolutionary seemed to be the theme for this year’s SPAR International, which took place in Houston the first week of April.

Benita Mehta
about 3 months and 2 weeks ago

Real Work Starts After UAS Rulemaking

While the FAA has released the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that provides some direction for commercial small UAS operations in the US, the regulatory environment remains challenging. Organizations wanting to prepare for commercial operations are faced with many gray areas as they attempt to build and manage UAS programs that comply with the requirements.

Linda Duffy
about 3 months and 4 weeks ago