The past year has seen imaging technologies emerge as important tools for positioning and measurement. Once the realm of specialized photogrammetric technicians, instruments and software, visual data is becoming an increasingly common component of geospatial information. This rapid acceptance is not simply the result of early adopters latching onto a new technology. Much of the momentum is coming from fast payback and the potential for long-term savings. Whether it comes from terrestrial cameras or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), imaging is making a strong financial case.
Chris Gibson 26 June 2014
Paracosm, a start-up technology company based in Florida, envisions far-reaching potential for 3D models based on LiDAR scanning performed with an easy-to-use handheld tablet. By designing a low cost scanner and developing software to process and share 3D data, Paracosm is expanding access to indoor space information for applications such as facilities management, asset management, architecture, volumetric analysis and space optimization.
Linda Duffy 19 June 2014
This week, the Internet is abuzz over the FAA's approval of the first commercial drone use over land. The FAA has given approval for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for aerial surveys in Alaska—the first time the FAA has authorized a commercial UAS operation over land.
Benita Mehta 12 June 2014
By launching a constellation of commercial satellites equipped with GPS Radio Occultation (GPS-RO), a highly precise technique for collecting atmospheric soundings from space, PlanetiQ intends to bridge the gap in government-owned resources and ensure an uninterrupted stream of accurate weather and climate data. PlanetiQ President and Chief Executive Officer Anne Hale Miglarese has over 28 years of experience in the geospatial industry, in both the private sector and government agencies. GeoDataPoint asked Migliarese about the current situation and what to expect going forward.
Linda Duffy 05 June 2014
Autodesk partnered with 3D Robotics to fly UAVs at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colo. in April during SPAR International 2014. Images captured by the UAVs were processed using Autodesk ReCap 360. Watch the video and check out the resulting images.
Benita Mehta 05 June 2014
This week's most interesting news could be a significant step toward relaxing the FAA's ban on commercial drone use. The administration said Monday it is considering giving permission to seven movie and television filming companies to use unmanned aircraft for aerial photography. However, many films have already been putting drones to work despite the ban.