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Thermal drone designed for efficient solar farm inspections

May 15, 2019By
Photo: SenseFly

The new senseFly Solar 360 UAV is designed to enable the automated and efficient inspection of solar farms. SenseFly has introduced its senseFly Solar 360. Created in collaboration with software company Raptor Maps, the offering is an efficient thermal drone solution that enables the automatic assessment of solar plant performance at a sub-module level, the companies said. Created by combining... read more

Positioning sensors and geospatial intelligence advance in the 5G landscape

May 13, 2019By
Aerial Imagery reveals signal (green lines) interference (red lines) from buildings — even 30 cm of obstruction can be significant — between microwave towers. (Near map)

Like instant response when we surf the web, consumers have come to expect clear, consistent call connections when using mobile. read more

The story of GIS at DHS: From Manhattan to Katrina

May 8, 2019By and
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Part 1 In a rare historic moment, Congress understood geospatial technology’s important role would be key to support the new Department of Homeland Security. Written by Nate Smith; edited and co-written by William Tewelow, GISP If it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger, but therein is the rub: You first have to avoid dying. Nothing sharpens the mind like... read more

3DR and Wingtra partner on aerial surveying solution

April 30, 2019By
Photo: Wingtra

Wingtra and 3DR, producer of the Site Scan drone data platform, have signed a partnership agreement to benefit the mining and surveying industries. Wingtra’s VTOL drone WingtraOne and Site Scan form a complete aerial surveying solution, including highly efficient aerial data collection, post-processing and analysis. Through the partnership, 3DR now endorses the WingtraOne as the preferred fixed-wing drone for its Site... read more

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How lidar boosts the value of mobile mapping

April 23, 2019By
Image: Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne presents business cases of lidar solutions in forestry, utilities and surveying at AUVSI’s Xponential. Frank Bertini, UAV and robotics business manager at Velodyne Lidar, delivered a featured presentation on the business cases for 3D lidar technology in mobile mapping applications at AUVSI Xponential 2019, which took place April 29-May 2 in Chicago. Bertini discussed revenue-generating strategies created by adding... read more

Drone aids archaeology in Scotland

April 22, 2019By
Five days of drone flights yielded 4,000 ultra-high-resolution images and 420 million data points.. (Image: National Trust of Scotland/GeoGeo)

The National Trust for Scotland commissioned Glasgow-based GeoGeo to carry out a drone survey of the inner Hebridean islands of Canna and Sanday in November 2018. Using an ultra-high-definition camera, the GeoGeo team not only pinned down the exact locations of archaeological features, but also revealed new archaeological sites. Over five days, the drone navigated 400 kilometers to capture 4,000... read more

Correcting the census: Household sizes in Maptitude 2019

April 17, 2019By
Census tracts with Caliper derived households. (Image: Caliper)

Household size distributions are critical inputs to many business analyses, but may not be correctly derived from U.S. Census data, according to Caliper. The Census counts people at their geographic locations, and when several unrelated people live at the same address, they are reported as one household with a number of residents. A confusing array of data is reported. In... read more

SimActive software used with eBee X for shoreline mapping

April 17, 2019By
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SimActive Inc., a developer of photogrammetry software, announced that Correlator3D is being used for mapping projects in Brittany, France, by Altimedias. An eBee X equipped with senseFly S.O.D.A. 3D camera is flown along the shoreline to produce high-resolution true orthomosaics and 3D models. “The quality of outputs from Correlator3D is exceptional and the mosaic renders the vivid colours of the... read more

Trimble launches high-accuracy field device for GIS

April 17, 2019By
Photo: Trimble

The Trimble TDC150 handheld is a new field computer designed for GIS data collection, inspection and management activities. The TDC150 provides users with a rugged device that has the flexibility of a handheld, a modern interface with open Android operating system, and scalable high-accuracy positioning for professional field workflows. The TDC150 provides advanced GNSS capabilities in a durable, ergonomic and lightweight... read more

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3D mapping of Notre Dame will help restoration

April 15, 2019By
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Detailed 3D maps of the iconic and historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris hold out hope for accurate reconstruction after it was devastated by a massive fire April 15. Both the ceiling and the spire were destroyed, as well as internal woodwork. But the information to restore the cathedral is abundant. Besides photos, in 2015 art historian Andrew Tallon used... read more