All posts by Jeff Salmon

UAV Sand Dunes

UAS Survey of the Great Sand Dunes

This entry is part of 17 in the series PangaeaThe Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is located in South Central Colorado and contains the tallest dunes in North America, spread across 30 square miles. It is an amazing destination, one that I first visited when I was 18 years old and have re-visited...

The underside of a bridge, Phil Quattrito from Flickr

Markets for Geospatial 2017: Part 2, Infrastructure

This entry is part 16 of 17 in the series PangaeaPresident Trump’s plan for investing in America’s infrastructure calls for $1 trillion in spending over the next ten years. The specifics of the plan are still a work-in-progress, but with largely bipartisan support, chances are that there will be a big push on infrastructure projects...

Digger silhouetted against a blue evening sky, crystal ball construction

Market Opportunities for Geospatial in 2017

This entry is part 13 of 17 in the series PangaeaConstruction Prospects, Part One As we start a new year, it seems only fitting to take a look at what 2017 might hold in store for us. Let’s start with construction: a major source of income for the geospatial profession. Dodge Data & Analytics publishes...

Surveyors Wanted

Pangaea Looks Back at 2016

This entry is part 12 of 17 in the series PangaeaUndoubtedly, for me the most notable event of 2016 (in the geospatial world) was the FAA’s Rule 107 allowing sUAS to be used in the NAS for commercial work. No more Section 333 exemptions. (Well, for merely flying, anyway; if you want to go beyond...

Parrot Swing x-wing drone

Buying a Drone for the Holidays?

This entry is part 1 of 17 in the series PangaeaFriends know of my interest in unmanned aerial systems, so they ask me, “What kind of drone should I buy for Christmas?” I probe a little further to define what their “use case” is. It usually boils down to two categories. 1) For the kids:...

small micro drone with four rotors, black white and yellow

UAS Crystal Ball 2017

This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series PangaeaFour things to watch for in the UAS space next year. Regulation: I just made up an acronym—“GBVLOS”—Getting beyond visual line of sight. With the rollout of the FAA’s Rule 107 allowing sUAS into the NAS for commercial work, the profession breathed a sigh of...