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Friday, March 30th, 2018

Preparing to Integrate Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Technologies

As advances in technology make it more cost-effective to deploy IIoT, industries will need to acquire a strategic approach to integrating new sensor data with pre-existing data environments. Now, more than ever, industries are seeking simple integrations with controls, automation and data analytics visualization software to harness the power of the Industrial Internet of Things

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

GIS to the Rescue: Unleashing the Power of Geospatial Technology to Plan for and Respond to Natural Disasters

By Dr. Ahmed Abukhater As Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast on Aug. 25, 2017, with winds topping 130 miles per hour, the situation signaled a disaster on the horizon. The winds and heavy rains caused significant flooding, toppled branches and power lines, and lead to massive blackouts across the region. With

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

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

What Is The Purpose of Geospatial Media?

This is my last Perspectives column at Vector1 Media and I thought I would share a few thoughts on lessons learned and observations made over the last five years while writing this column every other week. Geospatial media has changed remarkably over the years. Many of us in the media began writing on paper, but

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Does Digital Cartography Have More Value Than Non-digital Mapping?

A lot has been written about digital cartography over the years. Most of it relates to the advantages that digital cartography provides as compared to non-digital mapping including improved  collaboration, less redundancy, greater efficiency in production etc. As mobility technologies develop, the need for ‘going digital’ increases. This is becoming the case as we begin

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

How Important Are Land Boundaries?

Boundaries around the globe between countries and other legal entities are constantly in a state of change. Contrary to the widely held view that most countries are well surveyed and their boundary and territory is established – that is not the case. Debates, conflicts and tensions continue to arise where boundaries are involved. Some of

Monday, February 13th, 2012

What Is Spatial Quality and Why Is It Important To The Design Process?

Spatial quality is about strategies, policies, design and effective creation and use of spaces. It applies to buildings, landscapes and infrastructure. While spatial data quality is also important, it is not spatial quality, but can be considered an important aspect of good spatial quality. Effective design will have higher spatial quality as functioning increases, use

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