Mapping & Surveying

Three Things Drone Mapping Brings to the Golf Industry

Written by Pix4D on February 17, 2017

The emerald golfing greens have seen better days. According to the U.S.’ National Golf Foundation, the number of players has almost steadily declined from over 30 million in 2005 (pre-recession) to 24.7 million today. In addition, 680 U.S. and 158 [Read More]

‘Astrophysics-Ecology’ Drone Project Sets out to Save Endangered Species

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

An astrophysicist and an ecologist from England’s Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) are using unmanned aircraft as part of an effort to help endangered species, including rhinos, orangutans and elephants. According to a press release from the university, which calls [Read More]

Airobotics Drone to be Deployed in Australian Resources Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 10, 2017

Airobotics’ fully automated, industrial-grade drone platform will soon be deployed by South32, an Australian mining and metals company, to conduct surveying and mapping at its Worsley Alumina operation. The platform comprises a drone, an automated base station and cloud-based software. [Read More]

senseFly Nabs ‘Anytime BVLOS’ Drone Approval in Home Country

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 09, 2017

senseFly has received Switzerland’s very first approval for “anytime beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)” drone operations. According to the Swiss drone company, the country’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) granted senseFly permission to fly any of its eBee-branded [Read More]

National Association of Tower Erectors Releases Another UAS Guide

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 07, 2017

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has released the second edition of its safety resource for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations for vertical infrastructure inspections. The resource is a byproduct of collaboration between NATE’s UAS committee and other representatives [Read More]

Portland Transportation Bureau Seeks UAS for Storm Relief

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 07, 2017

As part of a new budget request, the Portland, Ore., Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is seeking funds to purchase unmanned aircraft systems to help aid disaster response. According to a press release from Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the [Read More]

3DR and Partners Complete Drone Work at Bustling Atlanta Airport

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 06, 2017

3D Robotics (3DR) recently teamed up with the City of Atlanta’s Department of Aviation, Autodesk and engineering firm Atkins to conduct drone surveys at the city’s bustling Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. According to an article from 3DR itself, the Federal [Read More]

YellowScan Rolls out LiveStation for LiDAR UAV Flights

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 06, 2017

YellowScan, a France-based provider of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) mapping solutions, has launched the YellowScan LiveStation, which enables surveyors to monitor data being collected in real time. According to the company, the technology, suited for long-endurance LiDAR flights, offers the [Read More]

Partners Working on Drone for Marine Industry Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 03, 2017

AkzoNobel, a Netherlands-based producer of specialty chemicals, is teaming up with DroneOps and oil and gas tanker operator Barrier Group to develop a drone capable of remotely inspecting enclosed spaces. According to AzkoNobel, the project will use advanced virtual reality [Read More]

Caterpillar Invests in Drone Solutions Provider Airware

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 02, 2017

Aiming to advance work-site intelligence, Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc., an arm of construction giant Caterpillar Inc., has made a strategic investment in Airware, a provider of end-to-end solutions that turn aerial drone data into actionable business intelligence. Airware says the investment [Read More]

Pix4D Rolls out New Features on Drone Mapping Software

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

Pix4D has added new supported devices, flight missions and mission settings to its mobile flight planning app, Pix4Dcapture, used for aerial drone mapping. Now compatible with the app are Parrot’s Skycontroller and the DJI Mavic Pro drone (which was introduced [Read More]

GIS Firm Bolsters UAV Services with New Hire

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 30, 2017

As part of a move to further its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) mapping services, GEO Jobe, a GIS software and solutions provider founded in 1999, has named Jeff Lawrence to a role in UAV business development. According to the Hermitage, [Read More]

U.S., Canada Utilities Put UAV to Work at Niagara Ice Boom

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 27, 2017

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Canadian utility Ontario Power Generation (OPG) recently deployed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to inspect an ice boom between Lake Erie and the Niagara River. The test with OPG – using one of [Read More]

Kespry Enhances Drone System for Survey-Grade Applications

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 25, 2017

Kespry, an aerial intelligence platform provider based in Menlo Park, Calif., has rolled out enhancements, including higher performance and GPS capabilities, to the Kespry Drone 2. According to the company, the enhanced Kespry Drone 2 achieves four to six times [Read More]

Oregon Creates UAS Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing Task Force

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 25, 2017

Oregon’s Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (OSBEELS) has established a “Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing Task Force” (PRSTF) as part of an effort to promote awareness in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) community. According to a recent announcement [Read More]

UAS Delivers Detailed Results from National Park Flyover

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 24, 2017

Engineering firm Wohnrade Civil Engineers Inc. recently went to southern Colorado to deploy an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to map one square mile of the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Conducted in coordination with Black Swift Technologies, UAS [Read More]

Cyberhawk’s UAVs Inspect Rail Network Inside and Out

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 23, 2017

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspections company Cyberhawk Innovations recently completed an internal and external structural inspection for the U.K.’s rail network. The inspection, which took place earlier this year, was completed over the course of two days at Rugby rail station [Read More]

College Professor Deploys UAVs to Study Farming’s Impact on Amazon Rainforest

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 18, 2017

Dr. Anthony Cummings, an assistant professor of geospatial information sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas’ School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, is deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in South America to see how farming is impacting the [Read More]

UAV Carrying Magnetic Sensor to Help with Gold Exploration

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 11, 2017

Rockcliff Copper Corp., a Canadian resource-exploration company, will be deploying a drone for a magnetometer survey to identify high-grade gold mineralization. The company will use the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over its entire Laguna Gold property, which hosts the Laguna gold [Read More]

Drone System Could Help Clean out Microbes from Hospitals

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 09, 2017

Announcing a U.S. patent record of 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016, IBM is highlighting a recently patented drone application that could help advance cognitive healthcare. “Drone-based microbial analysis system,” U.S. Patent No. 9,447,448, implements unmanned aerial vehicles [Read More]