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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

Monday, March 14th, 2016

What level of interaction do we expect from maps, apps and geospatial experiences?

The evolution of mapping and geospatial information from 2D maps to interactive applications and finally to virtual reality (VR) experiences is one that is ongoing and yet each of these modes of delivery and interaction will be advancing in parallel for a very long time. It’s not an evolution where subsequent forms have replaced all

Monday, February 29th, 2016

How far have we progressed against the Digital Earth vision?

If you’re like many geospatial professionals, the Jan. 1998 speech by then-Vice President Al Gore at the California Science Center sparked a broader awareness of what all aligned geospatial technologies could one day become. The title, “The Digital Earth: Understanding our planet in the 21st Century,” set the tone for a talk with its roots

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Where do GIS and AEC tools intersect?

There has been considerable coming together between GIS and the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) design tools of CAD and BIM over the past few years. Not only has it become much easier to share data and models between these tools, there’s also a blurring of some functions. More GIS practitioners are executing drafting functions and more

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