Since AUVSI's annual conference was just last week, this week's roundup is all about drones. A fascinating piece in The Atlantic profiles "drone art" with a Japanese dance troupe known for incorporating advanced technologies into their performances; a Wall Street Journal blogger writes about the benefits of investing in the "drone revolution;" and the Houston Chronicle discusses how energy companies are improving safety conditions using drones.
Benita Mehta 22 May 2014
There are many technology elements that make driverless cars go, but few are more important than the LiDAR devices that are mounted on the roofs of these vehicles. These LiDAR devices can scan more than 200 feet in all directions, generating a precise three-dimensional map of the car’s surroundings.
Mary Shacklett 15 May 2014
Most large construction projects use some kind of 3D modeling through their various stages—whether it’s CAD, BIM, photo simulations, or another technology. But sometimes finding a way for the project team and the public to fully grasp a design concept takes something a little more interactive in nature. In Kentucky, a recent highway interchange project brought this kind of animation to a new level, or at least a different one for traditional engineering.
Jennifer Caroland-Shaw and Chuck Lounsberry 08 May 2014
A client told me the other day that some vendors are promising vertical accuracy of LiDAR deliverables that exceed the LiDAR manufacturer specifications for that system and asked: Is it legitimate for a service provider to promise better accuracy than manufacturer specifications? Or, are service providers overselling their LiDAR services by promising high vertical accuracies?
Mike Tully 17 April 2014
This week, read about how USGS used LiDAR to find clues to a 1872 quake that blocked Columbia River; Time magazine offers a detailed look at Google's LiDAR-powered self-driving car; and drones are being banned from some U.S. national parks.
Benita Mehta 15 May 2014
This week, learn how archaeologists are employing drones, the most high-tech of tools, to discover and protect the most ancient of artifacts; read about surveyors who made a journey to the top of Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc, to take the first ever 3D laser scan of the shape and volume of the mountain's ice cap; check out PBS' report on drones taking flight in Alaska to survey wildlife; and FAA administrator Michael Huerta talks to NPR about safety and privacy concerns with regulating drones.