All posts by Jeff Salmon

Autonomy Comes to UAVs

Trending tech has UAV software looking futuristic To a certain degree, autonomous operations are already baked into the current state of data collection (aka reality capture) software for UAVs. Pre-mission planning consists of using a map-based interface to highlight the area that needs to be mapped or inspected, the appropriate flight pattern and height (AGL)...

Why renting a UAV may make sense

I have a land surveyor client who’s interested in getting on the UAV train. But like many, he’s concerned with the financial outlay and not quite certain if the UAV path is the right one for his firm. His main concern: Will he be able to fully utilize and monetize the investment? That’s why I’m...

In the Face of COVID-19: Keep Calm and Survey On

Coping with COVID-19 requires flexibility and planning. Don’t worry, this is not yet another article on how to wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick, and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. I’m assuming you’re aware of the basics. Instead I focus on ideas for coping with COVID-19 should your geospatial business become...

The Cost of Compliance: FAA’s NPRM Remote ID: Part Two

Due to a scheduling issue, the January 21st issue of Pangaea (including part one of this series) was published only online. Here’s the link to part one. In part one of this series, we looked at the basics of the FAA’s Remote ID (RID) plan as outlined in its notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM). Now...