UAVs: Where to Focus on Next?

New Technologies Require New Knowledge and Regulations
In June 2018, RSPSoc's 'Photogrammetric Record' publication devoted 11 pages to determining which term they would use for drones. They ultimately decided on ‘unmanned aircraft system’ or ‘UAS’. However, the mere fact that this required 11 pages goes some way towards highlighting the complexity and cross-discipline potential that drones bring, not only to the remote sensing industry but also for multiple other uses, writes Peter Kinghan. Over the past decade we have seen a number of drone uses come through the tried-and-tested period, resulting in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) becoming a proven technology for a range of industries and professions,... (read more)
2020-02-10 08:38:39

Establishing an Operational SBAS Down Under

From Test-bed to Operational System
The Australasian region took a major step towards gaining its first-ever satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) in early 2017. That is when the governments of Australia and New Zealand agreed to fund a two-year test-bed to evaluate the benefits of SBAS technology across a number of industry sectors in the region. The highly successful test-bed ran from 2017 to 2019 and built the case for the governments of both countries to fund an operational SBAS. SBAS is inherently an aviation technology, originally designed to help aircraft with vertical guidance during landing approaches. It was first developed in the USA (WAAS), followed... (read more)
2020-01-21 01:11:16

Preparations for Inaugural Geo Connect Asia 2020 Gather Momentum

With just two months to go until the first-ever edition of Geo Connect Asia 2020, organizers Montgomery Asia have announced the first wave of speakers and exhibitors. This March, the inaugural event will be a focal point for the multi-billion-dollar ASEAN geospatial industry. The global geospatial market is predicted to be worth US$134 billion by 2025, with the Asia-Pacific region in particular expected to post the highest growth rates. This growth will be driven by the anticipated high demand for geospatial technologies as governments in the ASEAN region continue to invest in new infrastructure and other ‘smart’ initiatives, such as... (read more)
2020-01-09 10:45:39

Woolpert Acquires Southern Mapping

Woolpert has acquired Southern Mapping, a geospatial solutions provider and aerial survey company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Southern Mapping has extensive high-accuracy Lidar, imagery and remote sensing experience, and produces airborne topographic, hyperspectral, and thermal surveys and mapping. Southern Mapping was among the first independently owned mapping companies to offer Lidar in Africa and is well-known throughout the industry. The firm has provided mapping services for engineering, infrastructure, mining, mapping, agriculture and environmental sectors on three continents and in more than 45 African countries.  “Woolpert’s vision is to become the premier global architecture, engineering and geospatial firm, and this acquisition is a big... (read more)
2019-12-20 03:31:58

Communicating the Economic Impact of Climate Change with Satellite Imagery

Geospatial intelligence can play a fundamental role in communicating the economic cost of climate change in the 21st century. With more availability of spatial resolution, the environmental effects of global warming are becoming more noticeable from remote sensing techniques. Earth observation satellites are increasing the transparency between industry, policymakers and environmentalists, providing high-quality ammunition for environmental activists.  While melting glaciers, sea level rise and extreme weather are regarded as the Earth's 'tears' being shed in response to climate change, this actually doesn't go far enough. Although we may not realize it, climate change has a far greater influence on our... (read more)
2019-12-17 03:57:04

New GeoSLAM Solution Simplifies Stockpile Volume Analysis

3D mapping and monitoring specialist GeoSLAM has announced a new and innovative product to enable mine operators to quickly and easily build high-density 3D volumetric models within minutes. GeoSLAM Volumes is an end-to-end way to calculate stockpile mass, instantly turning stockpile point cloud data into actionable 3D information for quick decision-making. This is achieved using the company’s handheld Zeb Horizon SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) scanner, which can be utilized on foot or with a UAV. Using lightweight scanners, the solution can capture and calculate complex data, such as the weight and bulk of stockpiles, up to ten times faster... (read more)
2019-12-17 10:30:10

FIG Working Week 2020 Announces Plenary Speakers

The FIG Working Week 2020 is beginning to take shape, especially now that the organizing committee has unveiled the plenary speakers. High-level presentations in three plenary sessions will underpin this edition's programme, covering topics within the overall theme of 'Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management'. The specially invited presenters will set the agenda for each day, sharing insights into their own experiences and pitfalls, as well as presenting their visions and predictions. Smart Surveyors The first plenary session will be held on Monday, 11 May and is titled Smart Surveyors. Rapid urban growth, smart energy, cleaner mobility and land rights... (read more)
2019-12-16 10:05:11

PrecisionHawk Announces US$32 Million Investment in Drone Software and Services

PrecisionHawk has received a US$32 million investment from venture investors including Millennium Technology Value Partners, Third Point Ventures, Eastward Capital Partners, and others. The company will use this financing to develop the next generation of PrecisionAnalytics, their AI-powered aerial data analytics platform. PrecisionHawk is also investing in their sales and servicing operations to address the growing demand for commercial drone services. “This is an exciting time at PrecisionHawk and the commercial drone industry overall as adoption of drones continues to grow,” said Michael Chasen, CEO of the company. “Our unique software and services deliver incredible value to our customers, equipping... (read more)
2019-12-12 09:58:14

How Lidar Has Changed the Way to View Michigan's Terrain

Staff from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) in the USA are using Lidar technology to view the topography (elevation) of the state at a resolution that is 50 times greater than previously existed. "In fact, Lidar has fundamentally changed how we view and interpret the landscape," says John Esch, geology specialist. "Often, subtle features can be seen in the high-resolution Lidar topography data that are not visible on aerial photography, topographic maps and in some cases right under our feet." Lidar emits an intense, focused beam of light at the ground and measures the time... (read more)
2019-11-15 09:35:08

senseFly Announces Enterprise Partnerships with Trimble and Microsoft Drive

senseFly, the Switzerland-based fixed-wing drones company, has entered new strategic partnerships. The organisations include Trimble and Microsoft and is focused on the capability and suitability of senseFly’s fixed-wing drones and drone sensors for precision agriculture. “Trimble and Microsoft are major players in the agriculture sector, and these relationships are a testament to senseFly’s drones operating at the high standards required by large organisations to deliver the results they need”, explained Gilles Labossière, CEO of senseFly. “This includes being able to offer a range of cameras to meet project-specific requirements, absolute accuracy down to 3cm and unparalleled flight times that enable... (read more)
2019-11-14 09:08:19
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