The term “geomatics engineering” has been the source of much debate over the years within the surveying and mapping community. For George Constantinescu, CEO of ORTHOSHOP Geomatics, Ltd., the essence of the term is quite simple: Providing access to accurate spatial information to help guide wise decisions that impact our lives and our planet. Geomatics engineering combines the use of spatial information with the practical application of scientific and technical knowledge.
Linda Duffy 9 hours ago
A client told me the other day that some vendors are promising vertical accuracy of LiDAR deliverables that exceed the LiDAR manufacturer specifications for that system and asked: Is it legitimate for a service provider to promise better accuracy than manufacturer specifications? Or, are service providers overselling their LiDAR services by promising high vertical accuracies?
Mike Tully 17 April 2014
Everybody thinks about taking their IT to the cloud—but as businesses gain experience with cloud providers, they are also recognizing key elements that they should have discussed before signing on the dotted line. Here are five keys to success you should never forget.
Mary Shacklett 9 hours ago
Each week GeoDataPoint finds a selection of good reads related to hot topics in the geospatial community. This week, spend some time reading recently published research describing how archaeologists outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features at the site of an ancient village in New Mexico. Also of interest is a story on how the Army is using GIS technology for renewable energy planning; and an interesting piece on how Huntsville, Ala., may handle emegencies with geospatial technology.
Benita Mehta 12 hours ago
Each week GeoDataPoint finds a selection of good reads related to hot topics in the geospatial community. This week, Google is making headlines with its purchase of solar-powered drone company Titan Aerospace; read about a University of Connecticut researcher's pioneering LiDAR project, which recently earned international acclaim for uncovering Rhode Island history; and a drone bill sparks constitutional debate in Louisiana Senate committee.
Benita Mehta 17 April 2014
Owners, architects, engineers and general contractors: Are you having difficulties receiving building documentation information that meets your project’s needs? USIBD is here to help. During the next four weeks we are looking for feedback from all industries and professions that have an interest in the building documentation industry of our draft Request For Qualifications (RFQ), 3D Imaging Specification, Level Of Accuracy (LOA) Specification, Request For Proposal (RFP), and their associated user guides.
Carlos Gregory Velazquez 10 April 2014
We are entering a new era for sensors that will reshape the quality of data that geomatics and surveying professionals have to work with—for the better. More significantly, the advancements in sensors will alter the way that collection companies work with their clients, and that new relationship will enable each tier of the geospatial industry to pursue higher-level, higher-margin work than in the past.
Dr. Armando Guevara 10 April 2014
Efficient movement of information plays a central role in keeping utilities and transportation infrastructure functioning properly. Here’s how some industries are making it work.
Chris Gibson 10 April 2014
Each week GeoDataPoint finds a selection of good reads related to hot topics in the geospatial community. This week, find out about NASA's new airborne mission to measure the snowpack of major mountain watersheds in California; learn why drones may be reshaping the mining industry; and read about a Houston missing-persons search group fighting an FAA order to stop using unmanned aircraft.
Benita Mehta 08 April 2014
Since its origin in the 1980s, development of open source software has picked up momentum and acceptance has become widespread. It is clearly not a passing fad and now forms the foundation of nearly every large and successful internet company, from open source providers like Red Hat to proprietary enterprises like Facebook, Google and Amazon.