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UAVs Solve Environmental Mapping Issues

As global commerce expands, developing countries with emerging economies become destinations for goods—and as global warming disrupts weather patterns, catastrophic events like tsunamis and floods become more impactful.

Mary Shacklett 3 days ago

Computer Vision: Foundation of Automated UAS Data Processing

The MAPPS 2014 Summer Conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, included a number of sessions focused on the timely topic of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The information shared included everything from potential applications of UAS data, evaluation criteria for UAS data, different types of UAS sensors and platforms, and the process to go through to legally fly a UAS in the United States today.

Linda Duffy 05 September 2014

BIM Saves Money and Effort in Building Construction

Eighty-six percent of U.S. and Canadian construction contractors have been using building information modeling (BIM) for three or more years, with almost half of contractors from large and mid-sized companies claiming highly advanced BIM skills.

Mary Shacklett 04 September 2014

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