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UAS

AERIAL MAPPING SPRING 2013 In the spring issue of Aerial Mapping, we identify the trend towards bigger platforms for better sensors, such as this Leica RCD30 camera mounted on a Swissdrones Waran TC-1235 UAV. UAS Continue to Climb in 2013 The development of UAS (unmanned aerial systems) is the subject of many of our 2013 stories,...

Lidar

In our July issue we feature multiple projects by CyArk (shown here scanning Mount Rushmore). The growing field of lidar spurs innovation and creates opportunities for surveyors. LIDAR Scanning Offers Diversification OpportunitiesLidar (light detecting and ranging) remains the go-to technology for a host of surveying applications, especially large-scale projects such as transportation infrastructure. An example is showcased in...

Hydro

In our April issue we examine the history of research and development for hydrography, setting the stage for an enormous future for surveyors in this field. Bathymetry, Hydrography, and Marine SurveyingThese are all substantial segments of the surveying profession, and they’re where surveying extends its influence into such massive industries as marine construction, offshore energy and mining,...

Business Leader: Trimble’s Rob Miller Talks UAS

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have hit the mainstream, or at the very least they’re poised to be ready for take-off when the FAA rules for commercial use are ready (possibly in 2015). For an insight from a supporting industry we interviewed Rob Miller, the product portfolio manager for Unmanned Systems at Trimble.PSM: Do you feel that...

The “Pre” in Precision

Before they leave the Leica Geosystems factory floor, surveying instruments must perform extraordinary feats of precision. “In the manufacture of glass for precision optics, if the glass is cooled too quickly there will be stress in the glass,” explained Hans Weinbuch of Leica Geosystems. He spoke to me during a tour of Swiss Optics, a...

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Working For You

Interviews with representatives from ASPRS, AUVSI, SPAR Point Group, MAPPS, and PAPA Several groups have evolved over the years to represent geospatial organizations that use aerial platforms in the course of their work. We asked five of these organizations (with a combined membership in the tens of thousands) the following questions: What do you do...