Aerial Mapping 2014 Archives

Editor’s Desk: Change in the Air for Aerial Lidar and UAS

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This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Aerial Mapping 2014

By David A. Brown I have been in the geospatial industry for 35 years, first as a geologist and a geophysicist, and then in the photogrammetric industry, where I have worn many hats. And I’ve seen quite a bit of change. I’m writing this after attending back-to-back the 2014 winter MAPPS (Management Association for Private […]

Feature: Reducing Complexity with Lidar

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This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Aerial Mapping 2014

A helicopter-mounted lidar system helps in selecting a pipeline route in the complex terrain of Colombia, South America.By Oscar Fernando Parada and Taylor Davis Pipelines are the safest and most efficient way of transporting oil and gas resources. However, pipelines present multi-disciplinary challenges, as they represent expansive and expensive elements of infrastructure that require careful […]

Feature: Carpe Caelum! (Seize the Sky!)

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This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Aerial Mapping 2014

A successful UAS project in North America tests the mettle of crew and craft as they gather high-resolution aerial imagery in both forested and swampy terrain, sandwiched between two active military facilities. By John Stenmark, LS Editor’s Note: Yes! Private surveying firms can use UAS on real projects (at least in Canada). We bring you […]

On Fire

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This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Aerial Mapping 2014

A geospatial intelligence company’s passion for innovation yields custom solutions for remote sensing, including some designed to support disaster response. By Julien Clifford A remote outpost gets a call from headquarters a thousand miles away—they need to scramble. A Piper Super-Cheyenne is sitting on the runway fueled and ready to go, equipped with computer hardware […]

Measuring Form and Function

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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Aerial Mapping 2014

By K. Olaf Niemann The Hyperspectral-Lidar Research Group at the University of Victoria uses multisensor airborne remote sensing for vegetation mapping. Advances in sensor technology have, in recent years, allowed the remote sensing community the luxury of simultaneously acquiring data from complementary acquisition systems. We now have the ability to characterize a surface in terms […]