Commercial Satellites to Cover U.S. Weather Data Gap

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

Watch UAVs Fly at Garden of the Gods; See Images in Autodesk ReCap

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

Geospatial Highlights: Film Companies Ask FAA Permission for Drones

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.

Benita Mehta 05 June 2014

Former NSPS President Talks Surveying, Mapping on NPR

Bob Dahn, president of NSPS in 2012, was a recent guest on NPR radio show "The Colin McEnroe Show," based in Connecticut. The show called "Navigating Our World: Maps to GPS" focused on the creation and use of maps throughout history and how GPS affects map usage. It also included guests Michael Blanding, a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, and Hiawatha Bray, a journalist for the Boston Globe.

Benita Mehta 29 May 2014

Geospatial Highlights Week of 5/26

Hope everyone had a great long weekend. We'll start this week's roundup with a quirky one: Martha Stewart expounds on her love of UAVs in Vanity Fair this month. She says she owns a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition and uses it to survey her property. She recommends readers buy it! In other links, Autodesk partners with the National Park Service and other vendors to begin an incredible survey of the historic USS Arizona; and there's an interesting discussion from an Australian site about proving the benefits of BIM.

Benita Mehta 29 May 2014

Hosting Survey Data in the Cloud

Clearly, outsourcing all or part of your IT operations to off premises vendors is on the rise, but it’s also important to remember that outside hosting of your IT is not the best solution for every situation. If your business is surveying or other engineering-intensive work, the last thing you want to do is to sidetrack part of your staff with computer maintenance and trouble-shooting—yet many smaller firms must do this.

Mary Shacklett 22 May 2014