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Saudi CubeSat to launch in 2022 for ecosystem research

August 16, 2021By
A rendering of a 6U CubeSat. (Credit: Spire Global)

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Spire Global will launch the KAUST CubeSat research satellite by the end of 2022, according to the university. Spire is a space data, analytics and services provider. The research satellite will in collecting high-quality, high-resolution data for terrestrial, coastal and ocean ecosystems for a three-year period after launch, according to Matthew... read more

Trimble SX12 total station adds features for tunneling

February 24, 2021By
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Trimble has introduced its SX12 Scanning Total Station, the next iteration of its 3D scanning total station that provides fast and efficient data capture for surveying, engineering and geospatial professionals. New features include a high-power laser pointer, high-resolution camera system, expanded capabilities in surveying and complex 3D modeling. The SX12 enables enable new workflows in tunneling and underground mining, Trimble... read more

Global trends in the mapping industry during the pandemic

September 22, 2020By
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By Philippe Simard, Ph.D. President, SimActive Inc. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought uncertainties to all businesses, and the mapping industry has been no exception. Slowdowns were observed during the first few months of 2020 as lockdowns were gradually enforced in Asia, then Europe, and finally the Americas. As expected, projects were delayed during that initial period as companies were reorganizing their... 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

National Governors Association, Esri release updated COVID-19 map

July 15, 2020By

The National Governors Association has partnered with Esri to publish a comprehensive update to its interactive COVID-19 State and Territory Action Tracker. According to the association, the interactive mapping-based app shows how jurisdictions have taken actions to reopen certain business sectors by issuing statewide orders. It also shows how jurisdictions are undertaking regional-based approaches or implementing statewide orders with authorization... read more

How is COVID-19 affecting you? Take part in our survey

April 21, 2020By
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Geospatial Solutions/GPS World is conducting a short survey to shed light on the impact of COVID-19 on the GNSS/PNT industry. The short survey covers topics such as changes in daily work habits communication methods with staff, technology partners and clients how each core sector is responding to the coronavirus pandemic how we are all trying to remain productive despite social-distancing... read more

Time to shake the 2D complacency and move to 3D

March 25, 2020By
Image: Polaris Wireless

The world is not flat – so why has the geolocation industry been operating in two dimensions? By Matt Rothschild, Polaris Wireless For an industry that makes its living identifying people and objects at a particular point in space, the geolocation industry — made up of applications providers, mapping companies and device manufacturers — has been very slow to make... read more

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Are your sewers GIS-ready?

February 26, 2020By
The Flush-It web application, built on a sewer network GIS dataset. (Image: CivicMapper)

By Emily Constantine Mercurio Our nation’s sewers are under critical examination now more than any other time in history. The act of collecting sewage and stormwater, transporting it to the treatment system, and processing waste is no doubt a feat of science and engineering that we take for granted in the developed world. Sewer infrastructure is a critical public asset whose... read more

Drones and imagery: Utilities turn to artificial intelligence

December 19, 2019By

How AI and machine learning algorithms redefine the way utility companies manage their infrastructure By Jaro Uljanovs, Lead AI Developer and Data Scientist, Sharper Shape Artificial intelligence (AI) boasts a wide range of potential applications, across nearly every industry imaginable — healthcare, automotive, retail, even fast food. But it’s the utility industry where AI and machine learning (ML) are beginning... read more

EOS Positioning helps Haiti achieve clean drinking water

October 3, 2019By

Haiti Outreach is on a mission is to bring clean drinking water to 100% of Haitian communes. The non-profit organization is using EOS Positioning’s Arrow Gold GNSS receiver to transform how water access is addressed. In the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation, poverty and corruption have stifled development. But Haiti Outreach is using geospatial software and donations to ensure every household has... read more