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
5 months and one week 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
5 months 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
5 months and 3 weeks ago

The New RIEGL VMZ Hybrid Mobile Laser Mapping System

Watch a video showcasing the latest technology from RIEGL.

Benita Mehta
6 months and one day 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
6 months and 2 days 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
about 6 months and 2 weeks ago