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3D Modeling Improves Design-Build from Start to Finish

In many industries, 3D modeling is playing an increasingly important role in efficiency, reduced costs, safety and quality in design and construction activities. Early adopters have refined their processes and are now recognizing the long term value of realistic, accurate models before, during and after the construction phase, which includes ongoing facilities management and maintenance. By extending the applications to include more derivative products, the initial cost of scanning and modeling is distributed more widely and the return on investment increases.

Linda Duffy
6 days and 11 hours ago

FAA Proposes Regulations for Commercial Small UAS Use

The FAA proposed a framework of regulations this week that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.

Benita Mehta
one week and 6 days ago

When Will Self-Driving Cars Become Mainstream?

Although Google’s driverless car continues to be road tested with some impressive results, and research firms like Boston Consulting Group estimate that the first commercial driverless cars could appear in 2017, with more widespread adoption coming a decade later, there are still significant issues that must be worked out before driverless cars can take to the road with an acceptable level of risk.

Mary Shacklett
2 weeks and 6 days ago

Drone World Expo to Explore Commercial UAS Applications

Everyone is wondering when the rules will be announced that allow commercial operations of unmanned aircraft systems, also known as UAS or drones—and when they are announced, what will they say? The topic has gained the attention of people at the highest levels of the government, as well as entrepreneurs, manufacturers and software developers. Instead of waiting for all the details to be worked out, many are jumping into the new market space in hopes of gaining a competitive advantage and attracting early adopters. The exciting prospects of this formerly military-focused technology have captured the imagination of people in a diverse range of commercial industries. Drone World Expo intends to bring those people together for two days of information sharing and learning, Nov. 17-18 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.

Linda Duffy
4 weeks and 5 hours ago

Safety Concerns Grow as More Civilians Operate UAVs

Although it was unknown to many, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) played a major combative role in California’s Happy Camp Complex Wildfire in October 2014. The UAVs provided video visualizations of fire lines and mountains through smoke-obscured skies, mapped retardant drops and tracked firefighting vehicles as well as the advancement of the fire itself.

Mary Shacklett
one month and one week ago

USIBD Releases New Standards for the Industry

In an industry of rapidly developing advancements in technologies used in design, construction, maintenance and the life cycle of facilities the need for well-defined documents addressing issues of qualifications, specifications, accuracy and uniform proposal responses is critical.  On Jan. 7, 2015, the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) published its introductory set of Building Documentation Standards/Specifications.

Bryan Merritt
one month and 2 weeks ago

ILMF in February Showcases Latest Geospatial Trends

International LiDAR Mapping Forum is a technical conference and exhibition focused on data acquisition, fusion, processing & point clouds for aerial surveying and mapping used to support transport, urban modeling, coastal zone mapping, utility asset management and more.

Sean Higgins
one month and 2 weeks ago

10 Most-Read Articles of 2014

As we begin 2015, GeoDataPoint takes a look at what was popular with our readers in 2014. Here are the top 10 stories of the past year. Hot topics appear to be LiDAR and UAVs, which will likely be big in 2015 as well.

Benita Mehta
one month and 3 weeks ago

Increasing GPS Data’s Reach

Global positioning technology is most often associated with GPS navigation in vehicles and locational services on mobile devices. But with the growth of big data initiatives, which combine data from many different sources and then analyze and draw actionable conclusions from it, more companies are innovating new business contexts in which to deploy GPS.

Mary Shacklett
2 months and 2 weeks ago