Category Archives: Energy/Utilities

Fusing Aerial and Mobile Lidar Data

Creating accurate as-builts of a complex facilities is no longer a long-term project. When the Caltech Group was founded by two men in Calgary, Alberta, in 1990, they set out with the goal of becoming Western Canada’s go-to company for geomatics services with an eye on specializing in the oil, gas, and utility areas—those companies...

Geospatial Services for Transportation & Utilities

GPI Geospatial, Inc. has been a premier provider of geospatial solutions for over 48 years. Our mission is to map the foundation for infrastructure, transportation, and land improvements that enhance the connectivity between people and communities. It’s our vision to be the most trusted provider of precision mapping, imagery, LiDAR, and surveying services within the...

UAVs and Living Data

Digital twins are becoming important data for buildings and infrastructure in cities, but a utility in Chile is twinning its power corridors and adding seemingly unrelated data to identify, predict, and avoid power outages. We live in an era of combining technologies. For the past few decades, we have witnessed the most impressive movement of...

Blowing in a New Direction

A new market is emerging for aerial mappers as investment in renewable energy grows Public and private utilities are focused on diversifying their energy portfolios after years of research and testing have improved the efficiency and reliability of alternative power generation methods. Support for the development of clean-energy options has never been stronger, creating an...

Mapping the Surface of the Ocean?

It is crucial that we keep accurate maps of the ocean’s shorelines, but when my company got a request to map the ocean’s surface 50 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico, my initial reaction was: Why? Isn’t the ocean just the ocean that far out? There aren’t any geographic features or elevation changes. It’s...

Surveying, Drones, and Danger

Experts say drones carry the promise of keeping the electrical grid safe amid increasingly intense storms The greater number and intensity of severe storms in the United States has communities rethinking their infrastructure. They’re making streets and parking lots permeable to absorb excess rainfall and rebuilding natural watershed features that help prevent floods.  With the...