Category Archives: satellites

TRB AFB80 Summer Meeting is Just One Month Away

TRB AFB80 is the standing committee focused on Geospatial Data Acquisition Technologies in Design and Construction relating to highway transportation. We will be meeting in Daytona, FL July 21 – 24, 2019 at the Daytona Hotel. The Transportation Research Board … Continue reading

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Lidar Drones are Being Used to Protect Scottish Forests

Lidar drones that can see through the forest canopy are being used to protect native Scottish plants threatened by invasive species. From an article by Kenneth Macdonald at the BBC The drones use Lidar (light detection and ranging), which works … 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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GPS Declassified – From Smart Bombs to Smart Phones

Richard Easton contacted me yesterday to compliment Paul Ceruzzi on his work in “GPS” and to encourage me to read his book “GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smart Phones. That is another one for the list. Here’s a guest … Continue reading

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GPS by Paul E. Ceruzzi Explains the Entire Story

The roots of GPS extend further back in time than the 1960’s and 70’s. Having accurate clocks and using objects in the sky to navigate are hundreds of years old. If you are in the geomatics business and like to … Continue reading

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AEC to BE – Do You Have the Skills to Make the Transition?

I suppose the mega-trend that sums up all of what is taking place concerning the transition from AEC to BE is digital transformation, but it sure feels like a lot more. Most of us seasoned veterans grew up in the … Continue reading

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Never Lost Again – Must Read for 3D Digital Mappers

When you are building your list of books to read in 2019, Never Lost Again by Bill Kilday deserves to be near the top of that list. It’s the inside story of Keyhole, Google Earth and now Niantic. An incredible … Continue reading

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World Magnetic Model Recently Updated Ahead of Time

Magnetic North is not a static position. The World Magnetic Model was recently updated to reflect the fact that the movement of magnetic north has been rapidly progressing northward towards Siberia. From an article by Maya Wei-Haas in National Geographic … 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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NASA Launched Two Lidar Sensors to Monitor Biomass

Forest monitoring has increasingly turned to satellites over the past several decades, and 2018 was no exception. In the last few months, NASA launched two sensors into space that will play a prominent role in monitoring forest biomass and structure … Continue reading

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