Category Archives: Aerial/UAS

Top of the Crop: Pangaea 2017

As December closes its door, we look back at the year think about its highlights. As your Pangaea editor I examined the 2017 issues ranked by readership. Here’s the top three, why I think they were so popular, and the takeaways from each. Pangaea #190: Don’t Buy a Drone This headline was a bit of...

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Flying Stockpiles

A team in Colorado is accurately estimating coal stockpile volumetrics with drones. Arch Coal is the second-largest domestic producer of metallurgical and thermal coal in America, with 96 million tons of coal sold in 2016. In total, Arch represents more than 13% of America’s coal supply from their complexes in Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia, Wyoming,...

Commercial UAV Expo

Whole Lotta Droning Going On: Commercial UAV Expo: Part 2

Continuing with my look at last month’s Commercial UAV Expo, here’s more cool UAV-related gear. Thermal Imaging Drone Parrot is known mostly for being a provider of consumer-level drones (full disclosure, I have three of them). Now they are moving into the commercial market. One example is the Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal. This quadcopter includes two...

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Geospatial Holiday Gift Guide

Here’s what xyHt’s Located contributors want for the holidays and their suggestions for great geospatial gifts. Kevin Lidtka Wants a VR Booth For Christmas I would like a special booth that I can sit in. Inside will be VR glasses and a controller so I can walk or fly around my point clouds or 3D...

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Cool Gear at the Commercial UAV Expo: Part 1

The third Commercial UAV Expo brought together 2,000 professionals from 53 countries and every U.S. state, representing a wide array of industries, all in sunny Las Vegas where the October weather was quite agreeable. The event featured four keynotes, three plenaries, dozens of industry-specific presentations, offsite flying demonstrations, numerous networking events, and more than 150...

UAVs are faster and safer for tasks like quantity meas- urement and verification; this point cloud image is of a coal pile for one of Anderson’s southwest Missouri power plant clients.

UAS 2.0

An upgrade to its UAV capability yields impressive results for a Missouri engineering firm performing UAV inspections. It’s been said that while good companies are satisfied with being good, great companies are continually focused on getting better. With that adage, it’s easy to see why Anderson Engineering (AE) has more than six decades of experience...