TAG: Colorado

Black Swift summits extreme altitude mapping test with small UAV

March 14, 2017By
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Overcoming the challenges of mapping terrain in difficult conditions at altitudes exceeding 14,000 feet using a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), Black Swift Technologies demonstrated that a sUAS can successfully be deployed at extreme altitudes. read more

Mapping avalanches for safety

February 10, 2017By
A researcher prepares to use lidar to scan snow depth at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado. (Photo: Riegl)

In 2014, an avalanche injured two Colorado avalanche control workers. They had been using an “avalauncher” compressed gas cannon to shoot charges into slopes that posed a serious avalanche risk to motorists below, but the charge exploded too early, in the barrel of the launcher. The accident prompted a re-evaluation of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s avalanche control techniques. Now,... read more

Compass4Colorado Offers GIS Info to Aid Colorado Flood Recovery

September 30, 2013By
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The Compass family of geospatial companies has established Compass4Colorado, a collaborative effort to make high-tech GIS and mapping capabilities available at no or low cost to organizations involved in the recovery activities related to the devastating Colorado floods. Free flood-mapping webinars and workshops will be offered starting in October. Compass4Colorado offers mapping software, integration services, training and expertise at no... read more

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Use of GIS and Social Networks Help Fight Colorado Wildfires

June 26, 2013By
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Predicting where a dangerous wildfire is going to start can be very difficult, but geographic information systems (GIS) can quickly analyze geographic data about fire-contributing conditions to aid in effective wildfire planning and prevention. “GIS is an ideal technology to predict the characteristics of a wildfire because it excels at analyzing multiple data layers,” said Gabe Schmidbauer, GIS professor at... read more

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USGS Crowdsourcing: Looking at New Ways to Map Structures in Colorado

August 23, 2012By

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced that in light of swiftly changing technical landscapes and increasing uses of social networking, the USGS is exploring a new approach to the volunteer program, and is launching a project to test options for volunteer participation in providing data to The National Map. The project involves mapping man-made structures and facilities, such as... read more

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