This week, the GeoDataPoint and POB team was in Las Vegas for Trimble Dimensions 2014. This year's event exceeded expectations with more than 4,000 attendees from around the world. Other items of interest include news from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, where a team is developing a next-generation 3D scanning LiDAR; an interesting interview from engadget about the future of drones with 3D Robotics' Colin Guinn; Dell's announcement on putting depth-sensing 3D cameras in more Android, Windows devices; and Time Magazine reveals "the best drone you can buy right now."
These days, the word drone is used to refer to just about any kind of remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft. That could mean a consumer-grade quadcopter or a slightly more advanced octocopter. But it has a negative connotation. It hasn’t helped any that many of these quadcopters in the hands of amateurs have caused further negative impact on a technology that has proven a valuable tool for commercial use. Regardless of size, the responsibility to fly safely applies equally to manned and unmanned aircraft operations.
Michael R. Frecks, LS
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Integrated systems enable geospatial professionals to provide new value in services and deliverables.
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Cloud-based solutions bring new efficiency and opportunities to geospatial professionals.
In units of time, we’re not far removed from the world of paper and ink. But if we measure the distance using terms of productivity, flexibility and value, today’s geospatial business environment is light-years away from its former location.
We regard electronic data and communications as an essential for modern business. But these technologies are still young and growing. Not so long ago, typical project deliverables consisted of hardcopy drawings and reports. Even when using computer-aided data collection, processing and drafting, results often came as 2D drawings accompanied by written analyses. Over the years, clients and geospatial professionals recognized that the information contained in a 2D drawing could be put to work more quickly if it arrived as a computer file. As a result, many deliverables moved to electronic formats. CAD files, spreadsheets and reports have become the norm in most enterprises.
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The second article in this two-part series shares George Southard’s insights about what to do after you have researched the various unmanned aerial systems (UAS) available today and bought a UAS that fits your needs. Southard, principal of GSKS Associates, closely follows all technical and regulatory developments related to UAS and gathers practical operating information directly from UAS users.
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In a global economy, the future for manufacturers will be presiding over a network of factories producing different parts, subassemblies and final assemblies throughout the world—with the ability to trigger next step processes in plants that are half a world away, and run by robots and other automated instrumentation.