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FAA Can Fine Reckless UAS Operation

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.

Benita Mehta 7 days ago

Health Care Adopts Telesurgery, Robotics for Remote Surgeries

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.

Mary Shacklett 7 days ago

Geospatial Highlights: Uber for drones, 3D Scanner on Kickstarter

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.

Benita Mehta 14 November 2014

Microdesk Founder Discusses AEC Trends, Technology

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.

Benita Mehta 14 November 2014

Geospatial Highlights: Trimble Dimensions, NASA, Future of Drones

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."

Benita Mehta 07 November 2014

The new fully integrated RiCOPTER UAV in flight

Check out this video on the RiCOPTER, a high-performance UAV that can be equipped with the RIEGL VUX-1 survey-grade LiDAR sensor to offer a fully integrated turnkey solution.

Benita Mehta 30 October 2014

UAS Best Practices: After You Buy

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.

Linda Duffy 23 October 2014

Riegl flies UAV at Intergeo

Watch a video of Riegl flying a UAV at Intergeo 2014 in Berlin.

Benita Mehta 16 October 2014

Industrial Robotics Transforming Factory Automation

In a global economy, the future for manufacturers will be presiding over a network of factories producing different parts, subassemblies and final assemblies throughout the world—with the ability to trigger next step processes in plants that are half a world away, and run by robots and other automated instrumentation.

Mary Shacklett 16 October 2014