Geospatial Highlights: Uber for drones, 3D Scanner on Kickstarter

This week’s highlights from around the web include "Uber for drone pilots," a new service that helps companies find and hire unmanned aerial vehicles for mapping jobs, surveying and other work; an article from the Associated Press has federal and industry offices saying reports of drone sightings near other planes, helicopters and airfields are reaching the government almost daily; and an all-in-one 3D printer and scanner makes over $500,000 on Kickstarter with more than a month left to donate.

Benita Mehta
about 8 months and 2 weeks ago

Microdesk Founder Discusses AEC Trends, Technology

Microdesk, a design consultancy firm, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Mike DeLacey, founder of Microdesk, talked with GeoDataPoint about the company’s growth and success as well as how the industry has evolved since Microdesk began. He also shares his insights on new technology and expected changes in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) design over the next 20 years.

Benita Mehta
about 8 months and 2 weeks ago

Geospatial Highlights: Trimble Dimensions, NASA, Future of Drones

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."

Benita Mehta
about 8 months and 3 weeks ago

The Cloud Rolls In: Cloud-based solutions bring new efficiency, opportunities

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.

Chris Gibson
8 months and 4 weeks ago

The new fully integrated RiCOPTER UAV in flight

Check out this video on the RiCOPTER, a high-performance UAV that can be equipped with the RIEGL VUX-1 survey-grade LiDAR sensor to offer a fully integrated turnkey solution.

Benita Mehta
8 months and 4 weeks ago

UAS Best Practices: After You Buy

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.

Linda Duffy
9 months and 4 days ago