Category Archives: Aerial/UAS

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Single-Photon Lidar

This entry is part 6 of 3 in the series December 2016SPL collects massive data from the air, uses less power, and can see through semi-porous objects with green lasers. Technological advances in our industry have truly been a sight to behold. It seems like when you blink, already there’s a faster, smaller version of...

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UAS Crystal Ball 2017

This entry is part 12 of 12 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...

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UAS: Measuring for Solar

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series November 2016Above: The Mortenson team prepares their senseFly drone for flight. With a UAS, a construction firm finds value—in addition to what can be measured—in real-time assessment and data availability.  Surveying plays a crucial role in construction, from initial planning to final as-built verification, often...

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UAS Surveying without GCPs

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series PangaeaThe subject of applying direct georeferencing to UAS platforms was a recurrent theme at the 2016 Commercial UAV Expo last week. Direct georeferencing offers the possibility of mapping without the use of ground control points, providing UAS operators a significant advantage in terms of speed....

IST Aerial’s Bo LeRoy uses the firm’s DJI Inspire One to collect data for volumetric calculations for compost piles located on a landfill in Colorado.

Designing a Drone

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series October 2016A UAS firm tackles a topographic mission at 10,000 feet above sea level with their own system. (Above: IST Aerial’s Bo LeRoy uses the firm’s DJI Inspire One to collect data for volumetric calculations for compost piles located on a landfill in Colorado.) IST Aerial...

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Don’t Drone On: Drone Talk & Geospatial Professionals

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series October 2016How to explain the value of UAS to geospatial professionals. I’m the business development director at microdrones, where one of my goals is to help customers–who sell services like aerial mapping, surveying, infrastructure inspection, and monitoring precision agriculture–communicate to their potential clients the value...