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
one week and 15 hours ago
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.”
one week and 15 hours ago
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.
4 weeks and 15 hours ago
In February 2001, two surgeons in New York City used robots in the operating room in concert with Internet-based communications to successfully remove the gallbladder of a patient 3,900 miles away in Strasbourg, France. It was the first telesurgery. Using a three-armed robot, the surgeons guided two of the robotic arms to cut tiny incisions into the patient’s abdomen, while the third arm inserted a mini-camera into her abdominal cavity for visibility of internal area that would guide the surgery.
about 4 weeks and 16 hours ago
This week’s highlights from around the web include "Uber for drone pilots," a new service that helps companies find and hire unmanned aerial vehicles for mapping jobs, surveying and other work; an article from the Associated Press has federal and industry offices saying reports of drone sightings near other planes, helicopters and airfields are reaching the government almost daily; and an all-in-one 3D printer and scanner makes over $500,000 on Kickstarter with more than a month left to donate.
one month and 4 days ago
Microdesk, a design consultancy firm, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Mike DeLacey, founder of Microdesk, talked with GeoDataPoint about the company’s growth and success as well as how the industry has evolved since Microdesk began. He also shares his insights on new technology and expected changes in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) design over the next 20 years.
one month and 4 days ago
This week, the GeoDataPoint and POB team was in Las Vegas for Trimble Dimensions 2014. This year's event exceeded expectations with more than 4,000 attendees from around the world. Other items of interest include news from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, where a team is developing a next-generation 3D scanning LiDAR; an interesting interview from engadget about the future of drones with 3D Robotics' Colin Guinn; Dell's announcement on putting depth-sensing 3D cameras in more Android, Windows devices; and Time Magazine reveals "the best drone you can buy right now."
one month and one week ago
Cloud-based solutions bring new efficiency and opportunities to geospatial professionals.
In units of time, we’re not far removed from the world of paper and ink. But if we measure the distance using terms of productivity, flexibility and value, today’s geospatial business environment is light-years away from its former location.
We regard electronic data and communications as an essential for modern business. But these technologies are still young and growing. Not so long ago, typical project deliverables consisted of hardcopy drawings and reports. Even when using computer-aided data collection, processing and drafting, results often came as 2D drawings accompanied by written analyses. Over the years, clients and geospatial professionals recognized that the information contained in a 2D drawing could be put to work more quickly if it arrived as a computer file. As a result, many deliverables moved to electronic formats. CAD files, spreadsheets and reports have become the norm in most enterprises.
one month and 2 weeks ago
The second article in this two-part series shares George Southard’s insights about what to do after you have researched the various unmanned aerial systems (UAS) available today and bought a UAS that fits your needs. Southard, principal of GSKS Associates, closely follows all technical and regulatory developments related to UAS and gathers practical operating information directly from UAS users.