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URISA to host GIS-Pro 2020 virtually

September 3, 2020By
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The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) will be hosting GIS-Pro 2020, the association’s 58th Annual Conference, Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 in a virtual format. The event was originally scheduled to take place in Baltimore, but URISA chose to hold it virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “With the serious COVID-19 health and physical distancing concerns, hosting an... read more

GSA and CLGE accepting submissions for Geomatics on the Move 2020 competition

September 3, 2020By
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The European GNSS Agency (GSA), in collaboration with the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE), has launched the Geomatics on the Move 2020 competition. The event aims to foster the use of European Union (EU) satellite programs Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus among students, young professionals, entrepreneurs and small and mid-sized businesses to create innovative geomatics applications and solutions across all... read more

AI and intuitive cameras pave way for future of aerial imaging

September 2, 2020By
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Advancements in sensors, cameras and automation have fueled the growth of the aerial imaging industry, which is expected to reach $2.83 billion by 2022. By Swamini Kulkarni Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones, often gain the spotlight with to their ability to capture the view from a vantage point. For years, airborne cameras have clicked never-seen-before pictures across planet. Now imaging... read more

3 keys to successful canopy penetration

August 26, 2020By
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RedTail Lidar System’s RTL-400 delivers the trifecta Summer is here, and with it comes the challenge of creating accurate topographic maps under tree canopies. The adoption of drone-based, 3D light detection and ranging — or lidar — is emerging as the go-to sensing technique to meet this challenge consistently, safely and cost effectively. Designed specifically for use on small drones,... read more

The value of point clouds is unlimited

August 25, 2020By
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By Jacob Amacker Oxford Technical Solutions What is a point cloud? A point cloud is fundamentally a simple construct. It is a collection of points in 3D space, each point being given a coordinate in Cartesian convention. The points can also be given other properties, often these will be indicative of how they were obtained. Examples might include the time... read more

New NGS study examines GIS surveys for airports

August 14, 2020By
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By Irv Leveson A new study for the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) reviews and validates airport surveys from a safety perspective. The study, “Protecting Against Airport Obstructions: Socio-Economic Study of the NGS Aeronautical Survey Program,” is by Irv Leveson and the staff of ARCBridge Consulting and Training Inc. Goals of the scoping study are to: provide a better understanding of the... read more

FAA awards $3.3M in drone grants to universities

August 7, 2020By
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $3.3 million in research, education and training grants to universities that comprise the FAA’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, also known as the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE). “These grants will help develop a greater array of innovative strategies to more effectively deploy... read more

1Spatial becomes corporate member of DAMA UK, releases software upgrades

July 28, 2020By
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1Spatial has released a number of updates, including its membership in the Data Management Association (DAMA) UK and two software updates. DAMA UK membership 1Spatial is now a member of DAMA, a global community of data management professionals organized around local membership-based chapters. The chapters are supported by DAMA International, which maintains the data management body of knowledge and the... read more

Blue Marble releases Global Mapper Mobile v2.1 with advanced GPS support

July 23, 2020By
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Blue Marble Geographics has released version 2.1 of its mobile mapping application Global Mapper Mobile, with updates to both the free and Pro versions. Global Mapper Mobile is an iOS and Android application for viewing and collecting GIS data. It utilizes the GPS capabilities of mobile devices to provide situational awareness and locational intelligence for remote mapping projects. A complement to... read more

Cesium adds global layer of 3D buildings

July 22, 2020By
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Cesium users now have access to Cesium OSM Buildings, a global base layer of more than 350 million 3D buildings. Cesium OSM Buildings expands the suite of Cesium Global Base Layers including worldwide terrain, aerial imagery and streetmaps already available on Cesium ion. “As digital twins and urban mapping gain momentum in 3D geospatial, we are excited to offer a... read more