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Interactive app illuminates climate change around the globe

January 10, 2019By
Screenshot: Esri

A new interactive app by Esri models the cumulative number of climate hazards likely to occur under different emissions scenarios for any place on Earth through 2100. The app visualizes the index of 11 hazards, including warming, drought, heatwaves, fires, precipitation, floods, storms, water scarcity, sea-level rise, and changes in natural land cover and ocean chemistry. Users can see how... read more

Bluesky with CityMapper captures cities in 3D

January 9, 2019By
St. Paul’s Cathedral in London captured in lidar point-cloud data. (Image: Bluesky)

Aerial survey company Bluesky International Ltd. is using the Leica CityMapper to capture major cities throughout the United Kingdom. read more

Team to collect Arctic surveillance data for NGA

December 11, 2018By
Photo: NASA

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded GeoNorth Information Systems (GNIS) a five-year, $15 million contract for persistent surveillance services of the Arctic region. Lockheed Martin will provide a scalable geospatial processing platform to enable the surveillance project. GNIS will leverage Lockheed Martin’s Rosetta technology, which includes a versatile and highly automated set of commercial and civil image processing tools... read more

Global Mapper SDK updated for greater geospatial intelligence

December 3, 2018By
An elevation contour image in Global Mapper SDK. (Screenshot: Blue Marble)

Version 20 of the Global Mapper Software Development Kit (SDK) is now available, along with the accompanying Lidar Module SDK. Mirroring the most important capabilities of the desktop version of the software, the powerful developer’s toolkit provides software engineers with the means to embed the latest geospatial technology into their custom applications, according to software maker Blue Marble Geographics. Among the... read more

NASA releases satellite damage map of Camp Fire

November 26, 2018By
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena has produced a map showing the damage caused by the Camp Fire in Northern California. After two and a half weeks of historic destruction, the fire is now 100 percent contained. Teams continue to search the destruction — including the destroyed town of Paradise — for... read more

Lidar data fused for understanding of tropical forests

November 15, 2018By
Virtual 3D forests created from lidar data collected in the field. (Image: Kim Calders via TERN)

A University of Queensland, Australia, environmental project fused data from terrestrial and UAV lidar collections to estimate forest biomass. Forest ecosystems contain more biomass than any other ecosystem. Estimating biomass — a critical endeavor to detect the health of ecosystems — can be difficult. Traditional methods can be destructive, such as harvesting trees to measure the weight of the different components.... read more

Geospatial Data Act will bring huge changes to America, and the world

November 14, 2018By
Photo: iStock.com/Jirantanin Chanachaiviriyakul

The just-passed Geospatial Data Act (GDA) is a unifying federal geospatial policy decades in the making, and is set to change the country, and the world. read more

Virtual Surveyor eliminates need for third-party apps for data processing

November 13, 2018By
Image: Virtual Surveyor

Drone surveying software Virtual Surveyor now eliminates the need for clients to use third-party applications to prepare data for processing. Released this week, Virtual Surveyor 6.1 now handles on-the-fly projections that previously required a separate software package to set the data in the proper coordinate system. “We have developed a completely new project experience for users of UAV data,” said Tom Op... read more

Bentley Systems to acquire AIworx for machine learning, IoT

November 13, 2018By
AIworx machine learning and IoT technologies leverage digital twins’ analytics visibility for infrastructure asset performance. (Image: iStock.com/metamorworks via Bentley Systems)

Bentley Systems has entered an agreement to acquire Quebec City-based AIworx, provider of machine learning and internet of things (IoT) technologies and services. Bentley Systems is a global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors and owner-operators for the design, construction and operations of infrastructure. The addition of AIworx brings advancements in data collection and analysis to leverage... read more

NASA program for UAVs in cities turns to NextNav

November 13, 2018By
Image: iStock.com/PhonlamaiPhoto (via NextNav)

NextNav’s Metropolitan Beacon System (MBS) service has been accepted for use by NASA. NASA will use NextNav’s MBS network as part of its CERTAIN (City Environment for Range Testing of Autonomous Integrated Navigation) facilities at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. CERTAIN supports, among other programs, Urban Air Mobility (UAM), an air transportation system with myriad applications from small package... read more