Cloud-based solutions bring new efficiency and opportunities to geospatial professionals.
In units of time, we’re not far removed from the world of paper and ink. But if we measure the distance using terms of productivity, flexibility and value, today’s geospatial business environment is light-years away from its former location.
We regard electronic data and communications as an essential for modern business. But these technologies are still young and growing. Not so long ago, typical project deliverables consisted of hardcopy drawings and reports. Even when using computer-aided data collection, processing and drafting, results often came as 2D drawings accompanied by written analyses. Over the years, clients and geospatial professionals recognized that the information contained in a 2D drawing could be put to work more quickly if it arrived as a computer file. As a result, many deliverables moved to electronic formats. CAD files, spreadsheets and reports have become the norm in most enterprises.
Chris Gibson 1 day ago
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
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
“I wish I had known then what I know now” might be a familiar sentiment after a newly purchased piece of equipment or software does not live up to everyone’s expectations. Even if you do your homework before making an important purchase, there will always be surprises that can derail the intended plan. So before jumping on the unmanned aerial system (UAS) bandwagon, there are several significant factors to take into consideration that will improve the probability of success.
Linda Duffy 09 October 2014
Visual Intelligence took the big prize last week at the 8th annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards ceremony in Alexandria, Va. The geospatial company won the Grand Award with their patented new method for coupling sensors into a single housing. Visual Intelligence's iOne SRK allows for reconfiguration of the sensors to meet the unique Geospatial demands of their clients. The ceremony took place at the 2014 Geospatial and Engineering International Marketing Conference on Sept. 25.
Benita Mehta 30 September 2014
For most surveying projects, speed, efficiency and accuracy of measurements are paramount. Since time truly is money in the surveying business, the goal is to reduce random error inherent in survey measurements.
Robert Galvin 30 September 2014
In March 2014, a mobile app named RiALITY was released by RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems for viewing and navigating LiDAR point clouds on an iPad with the added functionality of augmented reality for projecting point clouds into the real world. Over the past six months, there has been enthusiastic feedback from users and an expectation for future development.
Linda Duffy 25 September 2014
Teaming arrangements between county, state and federal partners have become commonplace as a funding mechanism for orthoimagery and LiDAR projects throughout the U.S. Municipalities, councils of governments (COG) and private companies are also taking part by contributing money for buy-ups to get higher resolution and better accuracy over specific areas of interest.