Category Archives: Mapping

Transportation Asset Management Conference

I will be attending the 11th annual Transportation Asset Management conference next week in Minneapolis, MN, July 10 -12. The conference is organized by the Transportation Research Board and hosted by the Minnesota DOT. It also is supported by the … Continue reading

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Mysterious Mapping Vehicle

On the lighter side to get the holiday week started here in the U.S., I had to laugh when I read this. I wonder why the author of this article didn’t think to reach out to one of us in … Continue reading

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State Mandated Use of Lidar

There is nothing better than a mandate to get the funding flowing in a government setting. In 2015, the Washington State Legislature mandated that the Department of Natural Resources Division of Geology and Earth Resources collect, analyze, and publicly distribute … Continue reading

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2016 Esri Imaging and Mapping Forum

Esri opens the User Conference with the 2016 Imaging and Mapping Forum today in San Diego, CA. From the website – “Multidimensional GIS (that’s a new term) and mapping technology has a unique ability to communicate—in 3D and n-dimensional space—natural … Continue reading

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Fighting Wildfires with UAS

This excellent  article discusses the use of UAS, satellites and lidar to fight wildfires. The Fort McMurray wildfire in Canada, imaged above with the Japanese satellite Suomi NPP burned for more than six weeks and is now the largest on … Continue reading

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FAA Announces UAS Regs

From the FAA press release, Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the … Continue reading

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3D Printed Map of London

San Francisco-based programmer Andrew Godwin has found a way to use the British government’s LIDAR data to create a scale model of a small slice of Central London, the city where he grew up. Godwin got the idea for his … Continue reading

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TopoDOT User Conference Update

The warm sun in Orlando feels very nice, but it’s the first TopoDOT User Conference that is creating the real benefits. The decision to host the conference at a local community college that has 3 labs with more than 40 … Continue reading

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New UAV Website

Diversified Communications has just announced that they have launched a new website focused on the UAV market. Commercial UAV News is a new website that will focus on as the name implies, the disruptive UAV and UAS market.

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Finding Lidar Data

The USGS hosts what it calls the National Map Download Client which is a searchable database of lidar data collections for the U.S. The site features a number of advanced search options that can be used to more quickly locate … Continue reading

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