Category Archives: Aerial/UAS

Surveyors as Movie Makers

Above: Each virtual camera position needs to be properly oriented for what you want the viewer to see. Credit: Rodrigo Garcia. Opposite: The movie maker places several virtual camera positions to form a path for a fly-through effect on scan-based movies. Credit: Leica Geosystems. In my last Geodude article, I drew an analogy between surveyors...

Microdrones Expands in Asia

Microdrones Expands into Asia with Acquisition of Aircam UAV Technology (Press release – January 16, 2019) New York, NY – As part of an ongoing global growth initiative, Microdrones has acquired Aircam UAV Technology (“Aircam”), a 64 employee Chinese company with its main location in Foshan, an hour-drive from Guangzhou in Southern China, and a branch...

Geomatics at UAA

Above: Matt Santiago, current UAA geomatics student, is perfecting his surveying technique in the “classroom,” i.e. the South Fork of Chester Creek on UAA’s campus. The University of Alaska, Anchorage’s Geomatics Department continues to grow and place all its students in jobs at graduation.  Matt Santiago arrived in Alaska wearing Air Force blue. When he...

GPR on a Drone

Above: From left – Jim Salazar, Mario Carnevale, Ken McBride, Myles Danforth, Alexey Dobrovolskiy (the author), and Janis Kuze. An international research team used new UAV and GPR technology to locate a lost U.S. airplane 300 feet below the ice in Greenland.  On July 4, 2018, at Greenland’s Ice Cap, Jim Salazar and Ken McBride...

xyHt Doer: Brennan O’Neill

Brennan O’Neill Hawaiian Pacific Branch Manager for Frontier Precision Frontier Precision has been in business since 1988, selling and supporting Trimble, Nikon, Zeb-Revo, and Spectra Precision hardware and software. One thing I get a kick out of at work is, after listening to the customer, showing them the exact thing they need to do their...

Your Favorite Pangaea Issues of 2018

With 2019 only a few weeks in, let’s look back at the past year and its highpoints. As your editor I took a look at the 2018 issues ranked by readership. Here’s the top three, why I think they were so popular, and the takeaways from each. Got GPS? Thank Hedy Lamarr I think this...