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Photogrammetry’s Place in the Geospatial Toolset

Photogrammetry is the science of making measurements from photographs — especially for recovering the exact positions of surface points. “The problem is that it is hard to find a qualified photogrammetrist under the age of 50,” says Darryl Murdock of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. “Instead, what we have are many individuals who have geographic information systems (GIS) background, but very little analytics experience or exposure to other geospatial disciplines.” Why does this matter?

Mary E. Shacklett
4 days and 3 minutes ago

Newfound Value in Drone Aerial Imagery for Real Estate

One market that stands to both give to and gain from geospatial professionals — aerial imaging experts in particular — is real estate. As image-capturing experts within the mapping field increasingly take to drone technology to modernize their techniques, their value to real estate agents continues to grow.

Valerie King
one month and one week ago

Gearing Up for UAV Commercialization

With the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market expected to show double-digit growth over the next five years, government agencies along with private sector companies in surveying, agriculture, energy, retail, utilities, mining, construction, real estate, news media, film production and other fields are seeking out ways to commercialize UAV technology, or to at least use it to introduce new efficiencies and cost savings into their work processes. 

Mary E. Shacklett
one month and one week ago

Drones and Privacy: Transparency is Key

As a technology that allows unmanned aircraft to fly while carrying a variety of sensors, drones are no more invasive than a news helicopter overhead or an emissions monitor with a license plate camera on the side of the road. However, due to the original use of the technology for military purposes, portions of the U.S. public are raising questions about how drones will be used in civilian life, and what will prevent someone from using a drone in a destructive or offensive manner.

Linda Duffy
one month and one week ago

A Chance to Learn from How Geospatial Colleagues Work

With so many different specialties under the supersized umbrella that is this sector comes great opportunity for storytelling. What you all do is so wide-ranging, technical and valuable that we thought it would be nice to start sharing how you do it with other GeoDataPoint readers.

Valerie King
one month and one week ago

Information Integration: Self-Driving Cars to Surveying

Whether it is self-driving cars or surveying, maps on record don’t always reflect physical reality. Roads are modified, renamed, closed for construction, etc., and in some cases it becomes relevant if there are potholes or other hazards awaiting vehicles. In a survey project, these physical realities can play a major role if a surveyor is engaged to help chart a route for a truck trying to access a remote mining site over difficult-to-navigate terrain, or even in a case where surveying activities are taking place on urban streets or at a construction site with unforeseen hazards.

Mary E. Shacklett
one month and one week ago

Geo Positions: Geospatial Veteran Talks Laser Scanning

Welcome to GeoDataPoint’s new Geo Positions segment, shining a spotlight on geospatial professionals of all specialties. The recurring Q&A aims to help readers learn from how others in the field do their jobs. This installment — the first ever — features Bryan Merritt, PSM, LS, corporate manager of geospatial services with Erdman Anthony.

Valerie King
one month and 2 weeks ago

How Technical Is Too Technical?

I am often amazed when I hear in a first pitch how many points per second. A client really doesn’t care how many points per second any more than he cares how many points a traditional surveyor can shoot in an hour. The client is interested in an accurate deliverable and that is the power of static LiDAR for architecture and terrestrial mobile LiDAR scanning (TMLS) for transportation/civil. That’s all.

Michael R. Frecks, LS
one month and 3 weeks ago

Velodyne Unveils UAS-Friendly Puck LITE LiDAR Sensor

While at ILMF 2016, we interviewed Velodyne LiDAR on their new Puck LITE sensor for aerial mapping.

Valerie King
one month and 4 weeks ago

A Look At The New Trimble MX7 For Mobile Mapping

Many new LiDAR solutions were featured at ILMF 2016, including the Trimble MX7 mobile mapping imaging system.

Valerie King
one month and 4 weeks ago