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 20 November 2014
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 20 November 2014
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, 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
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
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.