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.
New approaches to visualization and modeling are adding value and flexibility to 3D data. LiDAR and digital imaging are major drivers behind this change. In just a few years, technologies for scanning and photography have matured to become accepted and reliable sources for geospatial data. Now a routine component of the data collection process in many industries, LiDAR and imaging are producing enormous volumes of 3D georeferenced data.
one week and 3 days ago
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.
6 months and 2 weeks ago
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.
6 months and 4 weeks ago
SPAR International is the only platform-neutral conference & exhibition focused on end-to-end 3D technologies and business considerations for industrial facilities, building, architecture, and construction and civil infrastructure.
7 months and 6 days ago
In many industries, 3D modeling is playing an increasingly important role in efficiency, reduced costs, safety and quality in design and construction activities. Early adopters have refined their processes and are now recognizing the long term value of realistic, accurate models before, during and after the construction phase, which includes ongoing facilities management and maintenance. By extending the applications to include more derivative products, the initial cost of scanning and modeling is distributed more widely and the return on investment increases.