Category Archives: Mapping

How Accurate is Your Drone? Real World Results

By Mike Tully, ASI Aerial Services and the Iowa Department of Transportation completed a UAS project in 2017 that tested the positional accuracy of several Unmanned Aerial Systems (camera and lidar). In this highly informative article Mike Tully presents a … Continue reading

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Lidar Flight Planner

Phoenix Lidar Systems recently announced the release of their Phoenix Flight Planner that can be used to optimize your LiDAR mission parameters before you fly. The beta software allows to calculate your flight plan, review estimated LiDAR data quality, and … Continue reading

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Developing a 3DEP Partnership – Lessons Learned

To encourage geospatial data collection and foster information sharing, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) launched the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) three years ago. 3DEP is a valuable tool, but many state and local agencies may be unaware of the … Continue reading

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$100 Million in Lidar Data – Free

Lidar data sets are some of the most-often-used data by coastal communities, and NOAA’s Digital Coast provides these data at no cost, saving users time and supporting innovation, particularly by small businesses who likely couldn’t afford it otherwise. The 600-plus … Continue reading

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Long Term Monitoring of Ice Loss on the Helheim Glacier

Leigh Stearns, a geologist with the University of Kansas, is working with a RIEGL VZ-6000 ultra long range terrestrial laser scanner, incorporated into an ATLAS (Autonomous Terrestrial Laser Scanning) system to monitor rates of ice loss on the Helheim Glacier … Continue reading

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Geospatial Data Act

While all the headlines coming from Washington these days are focused on taxes there is also an important bill working its way through both houses that affects the geospatial industry. The purpose of the Geospatial Data Act (S. 1253 and. … Continue reading

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Mapping Escape Routes

Researchers at the U.S. Forest Service and University of Utah are working together to utilize lidar to help firefighters plan escape routes from wildland fires. “What we’re doing is using lidar to map the most efficient routes to safety for … Continue reading

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Full Waveform Topo-Bathy Survey

A cutting edge full waveform topo-bathy survey is taking place in Sweden to better understand lake carbon cycling. The study is a part of an ongoing project aiming to establish a reference area in Sweden for detailed studies that can … Continue reading

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UAS Mapping Certification

The organizers of Commercial UAV Expo announced today they will host the launch of the first and only UAS Mapping Certification in the industry presented by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). ASPRS will be hosting a … Continue reading

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Philippines Flood Risk Management

With more than 20 typhoons impacting the Philippines on average each year the need for emergency management planning is apparent. To support this effort the Philippine Light Detection and Ranging (Phil-LiDAR) research project, started in 2014 was initiated by the … Continue reading

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