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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Will the resolution and image clarity from WorldView-3 change the game for satellite-based Earth observation?

There have been many years of anticipation for high-resolution satellite imagery that can rival the image clarity and sensing capacity of airborne platforms. This wait has now culminated with both capacity, thanks to the advancements aboard DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite, as well as eased regulations. The U.S. Department of Commerce decision to allow the sale of

Monday, February 16th, 2015

What do the FAA’s new UAS regulations portend for mapping and monitoring?

The much-anticipated regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) was made public yesterday on the FAA website, and on a call with reporters. The agency has been under increasing public as well as legislative pressure to ensure that American companies don’t miss out on business opportunities because of restrictive regulations.

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

With 10 years of Google Maps and Earth, what’s the impact?

It’s hard to remember the geospatial industry prior to the arrival of Google Maps and Google Earth early in 2005. There was an overnight acceleration of engagement with mapping technologies that went far beyond just getting to Grandma’s house. The entry of these technologies was truly disruptive with revolutionary innovations that increased the size of

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Why does geodesign have to start with authoritative data?

The 2015 Geodesign Summit, the sixth in the series, took place last week at the Esri campus in Redlands, Calif. The event continues to draw a consistent and passionate crowd who have evolved from defining the art and science of geodesign to applying it and making an impact.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

With new tools for modeling and measuring impacts of plans and designs, are GIS and BIM converging?

Many speak of the impetus of building information modeling (BIM) as the application of geographic information systems (GIS) thinking to buildings. There are definitely parallels to the two approaches, with features and classifications cataloged and the ongoing maintenance of the model leading to better management practices.

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Sensors & Systems Ten Predictions for 2015

Much time is spent this time of year looking forward. Sensors & Systems did some reflecting on emerging issues, innovative approaches and technology trends to come up with the following predictions for 2015. On the list are platform and services advancements, policy initiatives and the continued convergence of mapping and modeling for infrastructure design. 1.

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Top Ten of 2014

In our regular end-of-the-year reflection, Sensors & Systems looks back over the past 12 months to come up with the top developments of 2014 that will have strong implications for geospatial industry growth and diversity in the coming years. Making the list are technology disruptions, acquisitions, modeling frameworks, mapping efforts and global change.  1. DigitalGlobe

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Are drones more like Segways or smartphones?

With holiday shopping underway, it seems odd that drones are being promoted on so many gift suggestion lists given a parallel backlash that includes a recent near miss at an airport in England. The  reality is that these devices take some skill to fly, with even the autopilot option requiring training, particularly in the need

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

How soon until we see a seamless high-resolution digital Earth?

It’s been a while since we’ve had a truly breakthrough mapping platform. We’re coming up on the tenth anniversary of the creation of Google Maps (Feb. 2005) and the corresponding commercialization of Google Earth (June 2005). The open source NASA World Wind is another mature, but open source, variety of online world viewer, and there

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Will we recognize the meaning of the word ‘map’ in the years to come?

Historically, a map is an abstract recording of reality that communicates information about our surroundings and the relationships of things to place. It incorporates direction and scale to allow us to navigate. In its traditional paper format, a map ranks with a book in its ability to capture knowledge in a compact and portable way.

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