Monthly Archives: December 2019

Oil Spill Survey, First – of – its – Kind with Drone

On February 5, 2019, a cyclone shoved a bulk carrier into the edge of a reef on Rennell Island, cracking its hull. The fuel oil spill that resulted made international news, as it happened along the world’s largest raised coral … Continue reading

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TRB 2020 and the Consumer Electronics Show 2020

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 99th Annual Meeting will be held January 12–16, 2020, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C.and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which will get the show season started January 7 – 10, … Continue reading

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Global Ocean Migration Mapped with Satellite Lidar

During World War II, naval oceanographers discovered a reflective layer that rose and fell across their sonar screens once each day. Further research revealed that it comprised a global ocean migration of swarms of fish and tiny sea creatures­ called … Continue reading

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Notre Dame Cathedral Update is Not Encouraging

I just heard an update on what has to be the saddest story that we reported on this year, namely the horrific fire in the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. At this point they are not … Continue reading

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ICESat-2 Laser Scanning Satellite Needs Your Data

I guess this one belongs in the crowd sourced data folder. NASA is looking for volunteers to help ground truth and calibrate their laser scanning satellite ICESat-2 by measuring tree heights with your smart phone. NASA launched a laser-powered planetary … Continue reading

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Autonomous Vehicle Player Increases Use of Simulation

In the realm of self-driving vehicles, the number of miles driven in autonomous vehicle mode is often used as a proxy for progress. From an article in Automotive News by Pete Bigelow. So it might seem alarming next month when … Continue reading

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Multibeam Airborne Lidar Coastal Mapping Advances

The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping … Continue reading

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FARO Technologies and Traceable Construction

Over the past couple of years FARO has been somewhat quietly building an impressive stable of software products, engineering talent and a vision for how they will improve construction productivity. They refer to it as an Informed Construction Lifecycle. Happy … Continue reading

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Checklists are Key to Safety of Drone Operations

Standard aviation practices are based on one key principle: people are flawed. A lot can go wrong due to human error. Faulty memory, unreliable senses, or a momentary lapse of attention can spell disaster in traditional aviation. That’s why checklists … Continue reading

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LAANC Goes Live at EWR, BWI, IAD, and HOU

The FAA’s LAANC (low altitude authorization and notification capability) is officially live at four new major U.S. airports. This facilitates UAS flights in restricted, airport airspace. It is being implemented through the FAA UAS Data Exchange, an innovative, collaborative approach … Continue reading

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