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Will Fisheye Lenses Work for 3D Mapping?

Fisheye lenses produce a panoramic image, useful for viewing wide areas in one picture. Due to the non-uniform resolution around the edges, fisheye imagery is not typically used for traditional mapping applications; however, as the quest for small light-weight payloads for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) continues, even cameras equipped with fisheye lenses are being considered.

Linda Duffy
one day and 21 hours ago

Three New Trends to Watch in Mobile Data

Rapid developments in software and hardware are transforming work processes. Here’s how cost-efficient technologies streamline gathering and using geospatial information.

Alain Samaha
about one week and 2 days ago

Geiger-Mode—The Latest and Greatest in LiDAR

The International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF), held in Denver in February, is never at a loss for big announcements about groundbreaking technology, and this year was no exception. Four companies— 3DEO, Inc.; Harris Corporation; Princeton Lightwave; and Sigma Space Corporation—presented their research on different variations of Geiger-mode LiDAR systems, and Harris Corporation announced the upcoming availability of high-quality commercial geospatial data from the IntelliEarth Geospatial Solutions Geiger-mode LiDAR sensor.  

Linda Duffy
2 weeks and 2 days ago

SPAR International to Spotlight Current, Emerging 3D Technology

SPAR International is the only platform-neutral conference & exhibition focused on end-to-end 3D technologies and business considerations for industrial facilities, building, architecture, and construction and civil infrastructure.

Sean Higgins
about 3 weeks and 2 days ago

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
4 weeks and 2 days 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 month 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
about one month and 2 weeks 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
one month and 3 weeks 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
2 months and 3 hours ago