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Carlson releases Scan2K terrestrial scanner

January 14, 2020By
The Carlson Scan2K has a simple, sunlight-visible touchscreen interface. (Photo: Carlson)

Carlson Software has released its Scan2K Laser Scanner, a versatile, fast, easy-to-use solution for the creation of accurate 3D survey data up to a range of 2K (2,000) meters. Carlson introduced the product at the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors’ 2020 Conference. Built with surveyors in mind, the Scan2K is at home in the field with its weather-proof housing, user-friendly... read more

Visualizing the Australian bushfires through satellites and maps

January 13, 2020By
Fireline south of Eden. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies)

The months-long wildfires raging in Australia have killed at least 25 people. Millions — possibly 1 billion — animals have died. More than 2,000 houses have been destroyed. Around 150 fires are still burning in New South Wales and Queensland, with hot and dry conditions accompanied by strong winds fueling to the fires’ spread. With this conflagration rocking the continent... read more

UNESCO sites get precise imagery with Spectra Precision

January 9, 2020By
The SP80 at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Valletta, Malta. (Photo: Spectra Geospatial/MSE)

Verified photomontages for UNESCO World Heritage sites achieves accuracy with Spectra Geospatial SP80 Verified photomontage is an important planning tool to envision how proposed surrounding development plans would affect UNESCO World Heritage sites. Verified photomontage demands the best accuracy for the best visualization to determine what a development may look like to a person standing at the photographic viewpoint. For... read more

Delving into a jungle mystery

January 9, 2020By
Image: PrecisionHawk

Earlier this year, a drone pilot and two data scientists from PrecisionHawk traveled to the Philippines for a unique mission — to fly drones equipped with lidar sensors over a dense rainforest to map ancient trade paths. The aim was to find buried treasure left by the Japanese during World War II. PrecisionHawk was approached by the producers of a... read more

Esri offers free online course on new spatial data science

January 9, 2020By

Course takes learners on a deep dive into concepts and applications Esri will offer a new massive open online course (MOOC) on spatial data science early this year. The no-cost course, which will run for six weeks on Esri’s Training website, includes full access to ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Notebooks software. Spatial Data Science: The New Frontier in... read more

A new era begins with geospatially-based aviation

January 6, 2020By
The envisioned Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft. (Photo: PUCA)

At any given moment, more than 5,000 airplanes are flying over the United States. In a single year, nearly 778 million passengers will take to the skies — more than twice the population of the U.S., and the number increases each year. Aviation is the safest form of transportation. It is 100 times safer than driving. For every 100 traffic... read more

Nearmap acquires Pushpin tech for roof geometry

December 11, 2019By
Nearmap high-resolution aerial image of Durham, North Carolina, photographed Jan. 15. (Photo: Nearmap)

Aerial imagery company Nearmap has acquired technology and assets from Pushpin, a deep learning and analytics technology company that extracts data from 3D models to provide roof geometry insights to a variety of sectors including roofing, solar and government. The technology acquisition allows Nearmap to rapidly extract and disseminate roof geometry from its wide-scale 3D models and offer a new... read more

More US states to integrate mapping into elections

November 22, 2019By
Photo: iStock.com/YinYang

NSGIC project moves into second phase of Geo-Enabled Elections project The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) has been awarded $300,000 by the bipartisan Democracy Fund Voice organization for the second phase of NSGIC’s Geo-Enabled Elections project. The funding enables continuation of a national effort by state government geospatial information officers and coordinators to work with other state agencies, local... read more

Pointfuse launches simple BIM solution for facilities management

November 21, 2019By
Photo: Pointfuse

Pointfuse has developed smart software that automates the identification and classification of objects for facilities management applications using data from mobile mapping systems like the new Leica BLK2GO. Pointfuse software converts the millions of individual measurements captured by laser scanning and photogrammetry into useable 3D mesh models. The unique ability to classify objects within Pointfuse, both automatically and manually, has... read more

From the Great Pyramids to GIS/GPS

November 12, 2019By
Pyramids of Giza taken from the International Space Station. (Image: NASA)

Connection to the Stars The Great Pyramids still cast their long shadow upon history. It’s been said that even Time kneels before them. They are monuments to the state-of-the-art technology of the builders using their most advanced astronomy, engineering, mathematics and trigonometry as a testament to their understanding of the world. They are monuments to the builder’s state-of-the-art technology at... read more