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VTOL drone company Wingtra partners with Pix4D

October 14, 2017By
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Professional drone company Wingtra is partnering with photogrammetry company Pix4D. Pix4D’s software suite is now available to WingtraOne users, both directly and via Wingtra’s distributors. WingtraOne, Wingtra’s main product, is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV that enables data collection for a variety of industries. The partnership with Pix4D aims to augment its status with an end-to-end solution including 2D map and 3D model construction from... read more

Esri tracks wildfires with interactive map

October 12, 2017By
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Using live data from USGS and Waze, a new Esri interactive map visualizes active wildfire locations and traffic alerts for Northern California. The map incorporates a new mapping technique to group traffic alerts at locations where there is a high density of alerts. This method enables faster and more effective visual analysis in areas where there are many alerts that would... read more

DigitalGlobe releases images of Northern California wildfires

October 12, 2017By
The northwest fire line of the wildfire that devastated Santa Rosa, California, taken by satellite Oct. 10. (Satellite image ©2017 DigitalGlobe)

DigitalGlobe has released high-resolution satellite images of the wildfires burning in Northern California. These wildfires have killed at least 21 people, destroyed at least 3,500 structures, and burned more than 115,000 acres. The Oct. 10 images were collected using the Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) sensor on DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite, which is uniquely able to pierce through the wildfire smoke to see... read more

Research project reveals Old Faithful secrets

October 12, 2017By
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University of Utah scientists have mapped the near-surface geology around Old Faithful. read more

GPS.gov helps with wrong addresses on personal devices

October 12, 2017By
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Members of the public often turn to GPS World and Geospatial Solutions for help when their personal device gives them incorrect mapping information. GPS.gov has set up a page that points users to the correct place to report problems, by walking them through a series of steps. As our readers know, the problem isn’t with the satellites, but in the... read more

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Topcon announces connectivity enhancements with Bentley Systems

October 10, 2017By

Topcon Positioning Group announces advances in its direct communication between the Bentley Systems design applications and the Topcon suite of software solutions with the release of MAGNET 4.3.1. The MAGNET Enterprise Data Manager is designed to allow operators to directly access Bentley ProjectWise data with MAGNET Field, MAGNET Office or MAGNET Enterprise applications. “The updates are part of our commitment... read more

DigitalGlobe selects Raytheon as satellite imaging payload provider

October 10, 2017By

Solution doubles DigitalGlobe’s capacity to collect 30-centimeter commercial satellite imagery. Raytheon Company has been selected by DigitalGlobe as the next-generation WorldView Legion satellite imaging constellation payload provider. Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver the telescopes, detectors and combined electronics to Space Systems Loral, the WorldView Legion space vehicle integrator. Raytheon’s new payload doubles DigitalGlobe’s capacity to capture multispectral and 30 cm... read more

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Apply now for methane leak detection technology competition

October 10, 2017By

Just over three weeks remain to apply to the Mobile Monitoring Challenge (MMC), led by Stanford and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) with technical advice from ExxonMobil. There’s a big push to develop mobile technologies to monitor and quantify methane leaks at oil and natural gas sites. Mobile monitoring offers the promise of surveying highly dispersed industrial facilities — including smaller... read more

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Insitu demos UAV/GIS system for fighting wildfires

October 9, 2017By
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Following successful test flights, Insitu’s ScanEagle helps combat Oregon wildfire. UAV company Insitu and Esri have successfully completed test flights on a new way to support firefighting efforts using software for firefighters and first responders. The flights were held at the Warm Springs Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Test Range in Oregon. The test site is a Pan Pacific FAA UAS... read more

Hexagon acquires 5D visualization company Luciad

October 9, 2017By
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Hexagon AB has acquired Luciad, a Belgian-based software company specializing in the visualization and analysis of real-time geospatial information. Luciad’s visualization technologies support live connections to dynamic sensor feeds in a 3D environment. The result is a 5D digital reality — real-time, rapid fusion of multi-source content and the ability to perform analytics on-the-fly. These intuitive command and control systems benefit all... read more

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