Lidar for Drone Conference – Products and Case Studies

The YellowScan Lidar for Drone 2019 Conference delivered a high value mix of technical product information and detailed case studies. Congratulations to the team and the partners for a great learning experience.

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Lidar for Drone Conference

As mentioned in a previous blog post the investment, technical skills, training and education required for UAS lidar services are not a simple upgrade from UAV photogrammetry – they are orders of magnitude greater.

There are a number of systems that need to be integrated from multiple manufacturers, including GNSS, the UAS platform, the inertial navigation and of course the lidar sensor.

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UAS Lidar – Not a Simple Upgrade from Photogrammetry

It may seem like a fairly straightforward upgrade from UAS photogrammetry to UAS Lidar, but that is simply not the case. It’s really all about a higher level of systems integration and fail-safe, standard operating procedures that most firms are not ready for. Time for a reality check.

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UAS Lidar

There’s no question that the introduction of relatively low cost UAVs and lightweight, high resolution, digital camera systems has forever changed the digital mapping industry. Add to this the availability of open source, structure from motion algorithms and it’s a game changing package for the traditional land  surveying and environmental mapping firms – even the small ones.

In most cases the projects being mapped were not likely candidates for full – sized photogrammetric flights, but these small UAS are becoming more capable. Once beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) is permitted, the traditional photogrammetric mapping firms may have to respond, if that’s possible.

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Meet James Combs – Younger Geospatial Professional

Welcome Younger Geospatial Professional James Combs to this Spotlight interview. What an impressive start to this YGP’s career!

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James Combs – YGP

Please provide a recap of your post high school education and training. Do you have any licenses or certifications? Are you a member of any organizations?

I was very fortunate that the University that I attended had a surveying program. I started at Murray State in 2005 . I also started working at a small local survey firm during all breaks from school. I have had a straightforward path to licensure and after graduating from MSU in 2011 I took a course in PLSS from University of Wyoming online and got my first surveying license in 2014. Since then I have obtained surveying licenses in Colorado, Kentucky and New Mexico.

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GeoIgnite 2019 Issues Call for Speakers

With fewer than 100 days before the inaugural event, GeoIgnite 2019 is adding major sponsors, speakers and exhibitors to the conference schedule every week. Be sure to include this important event in your summer calendar on June 18 and 19 in Ottawa, Canada.

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GeoIgnite 2019

GeoIgnite is occurring at the perfect time in the industry, bringing insight into how big data analytics, spatial thinking, IoT, 5G, artificial intelligence, SLAM, BIM, standards, GEOINT, and digital innovation are gaining momentum in Canadian  government and business.

If you would like to be a speaker, you can submit your abstract for a presentation here. The deadline is March 31, so don’t delay. Continue reading

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NHERI RAPID Facility is Hosting Intensive Workshop

The NHERI – Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure program is hosting an intensive workshop at its RAPID Facility which is located at the University of Washington in Seattle, July 23 – 26, 2019.

Workshop Description:

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The Natural Hazards Reconnaissance Facility (known as the “RAPID” provides investigators with the equipment, software, and support services needed to collect, process, and analyze perishable data from natural hazard events. On July 23-26, the RAPID will host a hands-on, intensive workshop providing attendees with the opportunity to develop expertise in using RAPID equipment to collect data, process the data, and integrate the collected data through the use of the RAPID mobile software (“RApp”) and DesignSafe-CI.

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JASR Systems Awarded $8.2 Million for Chip-Sized Lidar

JASR Systems must have some high level connections with the military to land a $8.2 million contract to develop chip-sized lidar. This is the kind of high level research that led to Velodyne developing their first lidar sensor.

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JASR Systems to Develop Lidar

From an article by Umar Iftikhar in 3D Printing Industry.

The U.S Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Ohio, has awarded $8.2 million in funding to California-based JASR Systems. The grant will be used to develop chip-sized optical phased arrays and LiDAR scanning systems.

JASR Systems was founded in 2018 by Jinendra Ranka, Kyle Watson, and Brett Spivey, specialists in optical communications technologies. The company develops sensing technologies and autonomous navigation systems, such as phased array LiDAR and millimeter-wave radar and microwave systems.

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Dennis Hirota Honored by Titans of Tech Program

Good friend, Dennis Hirota was recently honored with the first Titans of Tech selection. The bar has been set high for future inductees. Congratulations and thanks for all that you are doing for the profession.

A Dual Mission

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Dennis Hirota – Titan of Tech

For our debut Titans of Tech recognition program, we looked for a Hall of Fame honoree who would set the tone for the years to come. Someone who not only advanced their own careers and business through technology, but who has been working consistently to lift Hawaii itself to new technological heights.

We found that person in Dennis Hirota, President of the civil engineering firm his father started in 1963, Sam O. Hirota, Inc. That progress, on both fronts has been Dennis Hirota’s priority for nearly half a century.

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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.

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AEC to BE Credit

Most of us seasoned veterans grew up in the traditional AEC – Architecture, Engineering (civil), and Construction world with clearly defined, albeit often antagonistic roles that date back to at least the Roman Empire. It is very hard to beleive that for more than 2,000  years these AEC roles have essentially been unaffected by the technology around them. From the printing press, to the steam engine, to electricity, the radio, airplanes, rockets, nuclear energy and many inventions that I have left out, the AEC roles have essentially remained the same.

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33 Basic Tools for Getting Started in Revit

Dan Edleson has worked as a Designer, Project Manager and BIM Coordinator for over a decade and is a co-founder of Stereo. Dan says his “33 Basic Tools for Getting Started  in Revit” will make you dangerous.

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33 Basic Tools in Revit

When I graduated college I had a hard time getting a job in an architecture firm because my undergrad degree was not “architecture”. I interviewed with about 25 companies who all told me to go back to school. The only way I was able to get my foot in the door was to tout my knowledge of AutoCAD. Except I didn’t know AutoCAD. I did what many people do and taught myself using YouTube videos and other online resources.

There was a lot of great information out there, but it always seemed to overlook one very basic concept that was crucial; HOW DO YOU DRAW A LINE?!? It took me several weeks of troubleshooting and Googling until I finally figured out how to do the most basic of commands in AutoCAD. After that I was indeed able to get a job at a firm, and then went back to school on my own terms two years later.

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FAA Announces Registration Rules Changes

The FAA announced a small, but important change to the rules concerning the display of your registration number.

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Rules FAA Changes

This is from an article by Matt Fanelli Director of Strategy at Skyward.

For more than three years, the FAA has required all of us who fly drones commercially or for fun to register our drones and display the ID number somewhere on the drone. Up until now, that number could be just about anywhere—outside or inside the drone, on the battery compartment, etc. In last week’s Federal Register, the FAA announced a small-but-important update: By February 23—that’s tomorrow—the registration number must be on the outside of the drone.  

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