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
3 days and 10 hours ago

USIBD Releases New Standards for the Industry

In an industry of rapidly developing advancements in technologies used in design, construction, maintenance and the life cycle of facilities the need for well-defined documents addressing issues of qualifications, specifications, accuracy and uniform proposal responses is critical.  On Jan. 7, 2015, the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) published its introductory set of Building Documentation Standards/Specifications.

Bryan Merritt
2 weeks and 4 hours ago

ILMF in February Showcases Latest Geospatial Trends

International LiDAR Mapping Forum is a technical conference and exhibition focused on data acquisition, fusion, processing & point clouds for aerial surveying and mapping used to support transport, urban modeling, coastal zone mapping, utility asset management and more.

Sean Higgins
2 weeks and 5 hours ago

10 Most-Read Articles of 2014

As we begin 2015, GeoDataPoint takes a look at what was popular with our readers in 2014. Here are the top 10 stories of the past year. Hot topics appear to be LiDAR and UAVs, which will likely be big in 2015 as well.

Benita Mehta
2 weeks and 6 days ago

Increasing GPS Data’s Reach

Global positioning technology is most often associated with GPS navigation in vehicles and locational services on mobile devices. But with the growth of big data initiatives, which combine data from many different sources and then analyze and draw actionable conclusions from it, more companies are innovating new business contexts in which to deploy GPS.

Mary Shacklett
one month and one week ago

MAPPS Urges States to Exempt Surveying, Mapping from UAS Legislation

MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello called on state legislatures to exempt aerial surveying and mapping from any legislation limiting unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), sometimes derisively called "drones."

John Palatiello
one month and one week ago