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Monday, April 17th, 2017

Vertical Images: From Film Making to Inspection, and Why the Future of Drones Doesn’t Lie in Flying

Successful drone entrepreneur Petr Lněnička went from award-winning filmmaker to drone inspection leader in his native Czech Republic. Here he lays out 3 pieces of advice and explains why for him, the transition seemed logical, and why he believes the future of drone mapping services will place less and less emphasis on drones and more

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

How Drone Data Delivers Real Bottom Line Value for SMBs in Construction

Headquartered in Beaumont, California, Bogh Engineering is a 3rd generation family owned construction and engineering company with 65 employees. It focuses on construction of public schools, and is currently working on 14 job sites including building the 1.4 million square foot Indio High School. “90% of our business is focused on schools because we understand

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

How Do I Choose the Correct Image-Capture Settings for 3D Models?

What are the effects of the “angle between images” setting in circular missions when it comes to 3D reconstruction? Knowing which drone flight plan to design for 3D modeling can be challenging, but the good news is that Pix4Dcapture has automatic flight missions optimized for different scenarios. We tested circular missions with three image angle

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

FAA’s Part 107 Rules Ease Some of the Challenges Faced by Commercial UAS Operators

In recent years, the news media portrayed unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), commonly known as “drones,” as the technology of choice to take aerial images (photos and/or videos) of everything under the sun, from sporting events to weddings, surveys, real estate, construction monitoring, and so on. Unless operated indoors, UASs fly in the National Air Space

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Does GIS have a history?

There are a number of ways to read this question of history. In terms of a record of its evolution, incremental innovations and leading minds, that history is rich and well documented. The meaning here is two-fold for both the ability of GIS to catalog and present the insights that have been gleaned from the

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Does GIS need 3D immersion more than captured reality needs GIS?

We have entered the era of virtual and augmented reality with advancements to immersive headsets and an explosion of 3D data collection capability with drone capture and automated modeling tools. GIS has long had the ability to view and navigate 3D, however, the scale and pace of this disruption may bypass traditional geospatial players. There

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Where have positioning and navigation been and where are they headed?

Of the fundamental underpinning of geospatial technology, positioning and navigation form the foundation. Advancements in positioning make possible a continued layering of information about location with increasing accuracy. Navigation provides the purpose for most maps. Together, position and navigation are the most used and useful geospatial technologies. Although they certainly stand alone, the seamless combination

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

What are the fundamental questions that geospatial solutions address?

Geospatial technologies have contributed greatly to our increased understanding and management of our planet and our enterprises. Through enhanced sensing and improved spatial analysis, we’re much better equipped to answer critical questions related to geographic context. Many of the contributions of geospatial technologies are ancient and have incrementally evolved as new technologies have come about.

Monday, April 11th, 2016

What does the consortium model of HERE tell us about the future of mapping?

The continuing evolution of HERE maps under the consortium of automakers AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG promises the accelerated deployment of real-time maps. This new group took ownership in early December, and they have been actively recruiting technology companies such as Amazon and Microsoft to partner and invest in a next-generation mapping platform.

Monday, March 28th, 2016

What do we learn from our sensors?

The engineering mind might answer the above question with details on what each specific sensor is tuned to measure along with figures from specification sheets with limits, resolution, response time and other characteristics. The more artistic mind, say that of a social scientist or storyteller, might speak to the data patterns and the insight that

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