Category Archives: Aerial/UAS

Magnificen Men Flying Machines

Those Magnificent Men with Their Flying Machines: UAV Data Today

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series September 2016A UAV firm provides surveyors and engineers with CAD-ready files, saving their clients’ resources while increasing accuracy. In case you don’t recognize the title here, it’s a reference to the British comedy film from 1965 based on a competition to fly from London to...

Cassidy Rankine and Andrew Pohlmann of Skymatics, and Ted Goodsell, Element survey party chief. Skymatics captures detailed topography using low-altitude aerial photogrammetry, and Element uses RTK GPS to measure 6-12 ground control points every 10 acres to accurately georeference the terrain model with up to 1cm accuracy.

Collaboration in the Air and on the Ground

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series August 2016Two different firms–one UAS and one land surveying–partner to increase the values of both companies. xyHt’s Jeff Salmon interviewed the co-founders of the Alberta, Canadian firm Skymatics, Ltd.–EJ Burrows, CEO, and Dr. Cassidy Rankine, CTO–about their partnership with Element Land Surveys. xyHt: I understand...

CompassData Team

UAV Fly-off

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series July 2016Colorado businesses and non-profits teamed to evaluate UAV technology and to network at this fun event. This spring, a cooperative effort between civil engineering firm CH2M, Juniper Unmanned, the Boy Scouts of America, and local UAS businesses yielded a fun-filled fly-off and network event...

Applications engineer Jeff DeBoer demonstrates interchangeable payload options enabled by the “V” airframe of the new UAS, Falcon 8. Two models are offered: GeoEXPERT for surveying and InspectionPRO for industrial inspection.

Your sUAS Un-checklist

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series August 2016We’re all familiar with the concept of checklists: handy organizational tools for getting things done. As business persons, you should also be familiar with the concept of “barriers to entry”: the greater the obstacles, the more difficult it is for a business to enter...

Shark Week 2

Shark Week at Pangaea

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series July 2016With Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” taking a big bite (sorry couldn’t help it!) out of my 4th of July weekend, my thoughts naturally turned to unmanned systems. Well, actually, thoughts on how unmanned systems are being used to study sharks with an eye to...

Tandem X

InSAR

How can you monitor broad-area land deformation with high precision? Why, from space, of course. Is it possible for satellites to accurately monitor the motion of landscapes with millimeter levels of precision? What about over wide areas while being frequently updated? If you scoffed in response to either of these questions, you might be surprised....