Category Archives: Environmental

Delivery Drones – Do the Benefits Outweigh the Liabilities?

This is a guest post from Karlyn McKell who explores the pros and cons of delivery drones for The Zebra. Social distancing guidelines have made contactless delivery essential for many businesses and delivery services to continue operations. With the rise … Continue reading

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Single Photon Lidar – Proper Use From an Industry Pioneer

As lidar sensor choices expand, knowing the right tool for the job is key. Single Photon Lidar – SPL, offers many benefits over traditional linear mode lidar, but it is not a panacea. by Qassim Abdullah, CP, PSM  and Michael … Continue reading

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3DEP Developing a 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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Disaster Vulnerability Assessed with Lidar

A new Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) initiative is using LiDAR to map Saint Lucia for the very first time. The initiative is the latest in a series of major activities under the Disaster Vulnerability program, including steps toward the … Continue reading

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Optimal Scan Locations for Terrain Mapping

The main objective of this research study is the development of a simulation and optimization method for wide-area terrain mapping with terrestrial laser scanning (TLS). The problem can be stated as follows: given a prior digital surface model (DSM) of … Continue reading

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Small Satellites – The Next Big Thing in Geospatial Innovation

For all of us in the geospatial industry an important milestone was achieved recently. It was a story on 60 Minutes which introduced the masses to the small satellite boom that is ever so quietly revolutionizing the collection of imagery … Continue reading

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Thermal Imagery Can be Collected with a Drone

This ARE Corp. blog post introducing the use of thermal imagery was written by Andrew Mallin, UAS/GIS Solutions Specialist. Our clients face various challenges and to help them make informed decisions, ARE Corp. flies a variety of sensors onboard our … Continue reading

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Measuring Snow Depth in Colorado with Lidar

Research Associate Blake Osborn with the Colorado Water Center/CSU Extension Service explained the various methods used for measuring snow depth in Colorado and how they function at the annual Agriculture Conference at Ski-Hi in Monte Vista Feb. 4. From an … Continue reading

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Digital Technology is Protecting our Nation’s Forests

From paper goods to lumber and wildlife habitat to recreation, our forests provide value in countless ways. However, forest management is a complex science. It requires advanced digital technology, collaboration, and an eye toward sustainability. From an article in Grit … Continue reading

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Automating Plant ID with Laser Scanning and AI

Automated camera systems have enabled scientists to quickly track traits of thousands of plants. Now researchers at the Salk Institute are automating plant identification with 3D laser scanning and machine-learning algorithms. The algorithms teach a computer to analyze three-dimensional shapes … Continue reading

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