Category Archives: Aerial/UAS

aerial view of Montreal

Easing the 3D Workflow

For 30 years, an Alaska-based company has been producing digital mapping and photogrammetic software to help automate the complex work of data interpretation.  Photogrammetry, long the foundation of mapping, has evolved much since 1987 when DAT/EM Systems International was founded. Despite all the advances in both hardware and software, however, the latter cannot yet reliably...

Why Your First Drone Should Be a Hobby Drone: Part 2

In the last issue, we covered the idea of using a hobby drone as a test bed to learn about drones and get some low-cost, low-risk, hands-on experience. Now we’ll set up our Mambo FPV and take a few test flights. Battery charging. The first step—after opening the box and ensuring you have all the...

Lisa Chen

Lisa Chen

Surveying Solution Manager, Pix4D Switzerland Lisa Chen brings a unique set of skills, experience, and education to the booming fields of UAS-based and close-range terrestrial photogrammetry. One of the key markets for precise photogrammetry is surveying. And how fortuitous to have a surveying and geomatics engineer involved who also has experience in systems and software...

No Roads, No Problem

A unique drone (the WingtraOne) helps a team meet the environmental challenges of planning a wind farm in the Alps. At a lofty altitude of 2500m above sea level, 20 wind turbines 100m tall need to be built. These wind turbines will produce 60 GWh per year to power 15,000 households. The engineering challenge is...

Parrot Mambo FPV Drone

Why Your First Drone Should Be a Hobby Drone

A low-cost way to get hands-on UAS experience is to purchase a hobby drone and practice with it before making a bigger investment in a commercial-grade unit. I’ve talked to UAS professionals who agree . Why?  The low cost makes it easy to afford and less painful should you crack it up. And, trust me...

HxIP as CaaS

How a prominent manufacturer of mapping airborne sensors and solutions has partnered with customers to expand its global online content service. At HxGN LIVE 2015, the annual exhibition and conference for Hexagon (parent company of Leica Geosystems), CEO and president Ola Rollén spoke about a new area of focus for the company: content services, or...