Mapping & Surveying

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]

University-Utility Partnership Goes Big on Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus and Kansas-based power company Westar Energy say they are increasingly using drone technology to advance electric utility inspection and maintenance methods. With a focus on increasing reliability for customers, improving employee safety and reducing costs, [Read More]

DJI and Bentley Partner to Boost UAV-Captured Imagery for Infrastructure

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 15, 2016

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company DJI has announced a collaboration with Bentley Systems in which the two will develop hardware and software solutions for collecting drone imagery on infrastructure projects. Bentley, whose global headquarters are in Pennsylvania, provides architects, engineers, [Read More]

DropIn Enables Mobile Access to Live Drone Video for Insurance Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 15, 2016

DropIn Inc.’s insurance customers can now order on-demand, live-streaming drone video of properties, which will be assessed via the DropIn iOS app. Los Angeles-based DropIn provides live video and still image capture via drones and smartphones for the property and [Read More]

Drones, Helicopters and Satellites Map out Earthquake-Stricken Areas

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 14, 2016

A University of Michigan-led team of geologists and engineers is using drones, satellites, helicopters and the human eye to map surface ruptures and some of the tens of thousands of landslides triggered by last month’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake in New Zealand. [Read More]

Illinois DOT Sets Its Sight on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 14, 2016

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has begun testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in an effort to help improve the safety of workers and the public, reduce costs, and introduce new strategies on everything from bridge inspections to determining the [Read More]

Drones in Energy: Firm Improves Safety, Efficiency and Bottom Line

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 12, 2016

By using Identified Technologies’ drone services, Keystone was able to survey six well pads in a single day and receive the data in near real time.

Fla. Construction Engineering Firm Inaugurates UAV Ops

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 12, 2016

West Palm Beach, Fla.-based GCI Consultants, a firm providing intelligent consulting in the field of construction engineering, recently kicked off its first federally approved commercial drone flights. GCI’s first drone-based inspection took place in Hollywood, Fla., on Nov. 21. A [Read More]

Now FAA-Certified, Idaho Firm Brings in Unmanned Aircraft

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 08, 2016

Having passed the Part 107 remote pilot exam, POWER Engineers Inc., a consulting services and engineering firm based in Idaho, is now using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to collect video, photos and data for 3D terrain and tower modeling for [Read More]

Drones, Multispectral Imagery Offer New View of Calif.’s Giant Sequoias

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 07, 2016

As part of a joint project, Pix4D and Parrot recently used drones and multispectral technology to create a 3D normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) point cloud of Whitaker’s Forest in Kings Canyon National Park, located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. [Read More]

Aussies Bring in UAVs to Combat Illegal Dumping, Polluting

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 06, 2016

In an effort to capture video evidence of illegal dumping and polluting in the state, Australia’s Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has launched a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program. According to Damian Wells, executive director of regional services, the [Read More]

Start-Up Combines Drones, IoT and Remote Sensing for Construction Management

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 05, 2016

Unearth, a Seattle-based company providing construction management software, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding. The early-stage start-up says it aims to break down information barriers and resolve disputes in large-scale construction projects by using drones, remote sensing, computer vision [Read More]

Compact LeddarOne Sensor Proven as Good Fit for Mapping UAV

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 02, 2016

LeddarTech, a provider of solid-state LiDAR solutions, says its LeddarOne optical sensor has been selected by Robota as the altimeter for the Eclipse, a fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for surveying applications. The company says LeddarOne will provide the drone’s [Read More]

Report: Apple is Getting on Board with Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 01, 2016

Next up on big name companies’ emergence into the commercial drone space: Apple. According to a report from Bloomberg, which cites “people familiar with the matter,” Apple is preparing to deploy unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to augment its map services [Read More]

New Partnership to Further Accident Investigations via UAVs, Photogrammetry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 01, 2016

MicroSurvey Software Inc. has announced a partnership with Pix4D in which the two will provide end-to-end solutions for customers adopting unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and photogrammetry technology. British Columbia-based MicroSurvey Software, a member of the Hexagon family of companies, says [Read More]

UAVs Brought in to Help Improve Texas’ Transportation Systems

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 30, 2016

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) are leading a collaborative effort to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to inspect highways and railroads remotely and, in turn, develop guidelines for how to safely complete the task. Anand Puppala, [Read More]

SimActive Brings Cloud Processing to Photogrammetry Software

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 29, 2016

SimActive Inc., a Montreal-based developer of photogrammetry software, has announced that processing in the cloud is now supported by Correlator3D. SimActive’s patended Correlator3D software is an end-to-end photogrammetry solution that generates geospatial data from aerial imagery, including from unmanned aerial [Read More]

UAVs Help Students Plot Cemetery for Maine Town

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 28, 2016

Thanks to a new DJI Phantom 4 drone, the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s (UMI) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory says mapping and photographing research areas has become a whole lot easier. Dr. Chunzeng Wang, a UMPI professor of [Read More]

American Bureau of Shipping Green-Lights Sky-Futures’ Drone Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 22, 2016

Sky-Futures USA Inc. has been certified as, according to the company, the world’s first approved drone specialist for internal vessel inspections by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). Sky-Futures says ABS surveyors have now certified drone data as an additional, [Read More]