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British Cavers Scan Largest Chambers in the World

Interesting projects were in abundance at the recent RIEGL LiDAR conferences in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, but cave explorers seemed to capture everyone’s attention. Andy Eavis and Richard Walters, of the British Caving Association, discussed their project during a user session in Hong Kong and also offered a keynote presentation at the start of the Guangzhou conference.

Benita Mehta
5 days and 19 hours ago

One Step Closer to Commercial Operations for UAS

Efforts to develop commercial markets for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are ramping up as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to loosen restrictions. During AUVSI’s recent Unmanned Systems 2015 conference, FAA chief Michael Huerta made a welcome announcement about new research projects that will focus on beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations in precision agriculture and railroad infrastructure inspection and management. By granting permission for UAS to be studied and evaluated for these particular applications, the FAA is demonstrating a willingness to safely accommodate certain commercial activities in the future.

Linda Duffy
about one week and 6 days ago

Riegl LiDAR 2015 Begins With Product Announcements

The RIEGL LiDAR 2015 conference in Hong Kong in early May began with an announcement about upgrades to the company's VUX1 line of scanners. About 300 people from 40 different countries attended the two-day event, with another two-day conference in Guangzhou, China immediately after the first.

Benita Mehta
2 weeks and 5 days ago

Drones On the Rise in Mining Applications

Performing preliminary surveying for mining operations in any type of rough and remote terrain involves getting into the area and performing the survey work with accuracy, as well as facilitating the safety of surveyors who otherwise would have to undertake these risky and unpredictable tasks in extremely difficult conditions.


about 3 weeks and 6 days ago

From Mining to BIM with Maptek Laser Scanning

Searching for new ways to apply existing geospatial technology is an important component in the continued growth of mature companies. By considering the universal benefits sought by every business, such as reducing operating costs while improving production, performance and profitability, applications in many new markets can be identified.

Linda Duffy
one month and 3 days ago

SPAR Keynote Compares Augmented Reality to Industrial Revolution

Revolutionary seemed to be the theme for this year’s SPAR International, which took place in Houston the first week of April.

Benita Mehta
one month and one week ago

Real Work Starts After UAS Rulemaking

While the FAA has released the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that provides some direction for commercial small UAS operations in the US, the regulatory environment remains challenging. Organizations wanting to prepare for commercial operations are faced with many gray areas as they attempt to build and manage UAS programs that comply with the requirements.

Linda Duffy
one month and 3 weeks ago

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
2 months and 23 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
2 months and one week 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 months and 2 weeks ago