Category Archives: Spatial IT/GIS

New Digital World Needs Data

Next-generation surveyors require specialized education and training to fill the role of geospatial data specialists. Many emerging geospatial applications, such as digital twins, 3D modeling, monitoring, virtual reality, and autonomous vehicles, are based on big digital datasets. Building a 3D digital world starts with accurate data that ties to a point on the ground, so...

Sponsored Content – OneAtlas: Processing Satellite Imagery in the Cloud

Airbus Intelligence provides users with access to satellite imagery, innovative geospatial analytics, and industry-specific insights. Image data from the Airbus Constellation of satellites, which includes twin SPOT 6/7, Vision-1, Pléiades, and Pléiades Neo satellites are used to deliver actionable intelligence to a variety of markets around the globe. Already known for quick processing and delivery...

On the House

Free data make the mapping world go round Reliable geospatial data used to be hard to find and expensive. But thanks to the profusion of online data repositories, it’s now at our fingertips for free. It is telling that one of the first websites where mapmakers can have access to free satellite imagery was created...

URISA Announces 2022 Digital Competition Results

URISA’s Vanguard Cabinet is pleased to announce the results of the 2022 Student and Young Professional Digital Competition.  Eligible participants were currently enrolled in a college or university, a recent graduate, or a young or emerging geospatial professional with fewer than five years of experience. The competition was limited to projects that utilize web and mobile platforms, such...

Virtual Cities Are Rising

Cutting-edge 3D city models lead the way to better urban planning via digital simulation Take a peek at Helsinki’s virtual 3D city model and what might at first seem to be just rows of solid objects soon reveal themselves as handsome blocks of buildings that line gridiron streets. This is the digital doppelganger of Finland’s...

Embracing the Drone Revolution

Surveyor business models changing in the BVLOS era Over the past few months, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), working with the drone industry, academia, and general aviation membership organizations such as AOPA (www.aopa.org) and NBAA (www.nbaa.org), has been able to advance the cause of uncrewed flights beyond visual line of sight of the operator (BVLOS). ...