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Rent-a-Mentor: Employee Development on a Shoestring

Over the past eleven years, KAPPA Mapping, Inc. has observed the development of a new business model in the mapping profession involving a transition from mom-and-pop regional production shops to large companies offering end-to-end acquisition and processing services with offices across the country. To stay in business, small operations such as KAPPA Mapping are faced with the challenge of attracting new customers, expanding into new markets and developing new products and services without the benefit of large staffing and capital resources.

Linda Duffy 21 August 2014

What is the Shelf Life of Data?

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The kids go back to school and the bounty of foods from our nation's farms come in from the fields. It also means report card performance and attention to freshness. When it comes to mining data of a dynamic world what is the shelf life?

Michael R. Frecks, LS 21 August 2014

Interview with Optech Founder: 40 Years of Technology

GeoDataPoint sits down with Optech founder Dr. Allan Carswell to discuss technological advances over the past 40 years as well as what to expect in the future at Optech's headquarters in Ontario. Optech celebrated the company's 40th anniversary this year with an Open House and UAV Day in July at their headquarters.

Benita Mehta 14 August 2014

Emerging Uses for LiDAR: Part Two

This is the second in a two-part series exploring advances in LiDAR. This week we look at a startup helping cities maintain effectiveness and efficiency and a company that created a free mobile LiDAR app.

Melanie Krouse 14 August 2014

Emerging Uses for LiDAR

This is the first in a two-part series exploring advances in LiDAR. This week, we look at geologic and recreational exploration and identifying natural hazards with the 3DEP initiative.

Melanie Krouse 07 August 2014

Geospatial Highlights: Drones as Party Photographers

This week, national media are all over the latest trend: Drones as wedding photographers. Also a tourist crashes a drone at Yellowstone National Park, and more.

Benita Mehta 07 August 2014

Geospatial Highlights: Drone No-Fly Zone Maps, 3D Selfies

This week's most fascinating find is "Don't Fly Drones Here," an interactive map by open-source mapping tool MapBox that highlights off-limit zones for UAV owners in the United States and Canada based on local regulations — including areas with airports, military bases and national parks

Benita Mehta 31 July 2014

PhD Student Using GIS, LiDAR Focuses on Coastal Geology

Christopher Maike is working towards his PhD with a focus on coastal geology and engineering at the University of Delaware. Maike discusses the technology he uses in his research, including GIS, LiDAR, mapping and aerial photography.

Melanie Krouse 31 July 2014

LiDAR Expanding Role in Industrial Automation, Tracking

The LiDAR market is projected to grow to $551.26 million by 2018, with heavy penetration in industrial and commercial sectors. This is broad-based expansion for a technology that began in the early 1960s, when its use was strictly limited to government and military applications.

Mary Shacklett 24 July 2014