Category Archives: Aerial/UAS

Surveyors Wanted

Pangaea Looks Back at 2016

This entry is part 14 of 15 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

Buying a Drone for the Holidays?

This entry is part 1 of 15 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:...

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Disparate Data for Marine Life

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series December 2016Remote sensing data helps to inform ocean planning for energy development around the main Hawaiian islands. Using remotely sensed imagery to map physical and biological patterns in the marine environment enhances our ability to understand how environmental conditions change over broad spatial scales (10s...

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Single-Photon Lidar

This entry is part 6 of 8 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 15 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...