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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, 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, 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

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Are we in an era of infrastructure as the leading geospatial application?

The geospatial technology industry rests on a number of different leading application areas that ebb and flow in terms of their level of investment. Some of the market surges in the past were driven by technological breakthroughs, others were due to federal spending, the emergence of a large market need or a combination of the