Mapping & Surveying – Page 8

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]

UAVs Show ‘Overwhelming’ Potential in Conflict-Affected Africa

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 22, 2016

In conflict-affected parts of Africa, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being used by humanitarian aid organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – the UN Refugee Agency, or UNHCR – to plan relief responses and save lives. [Read More]

UAVs and Insects? Researchers Explore Potential for Big Mapping Projects

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 21, 2016

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a combination of software and hardware that they say will allow the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and insect cyborgs – or biobots – to map large, unfamiliar areas, such as [Read More]

Canadian Firm Expands UAS Fleet, Brings Services to U.S.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 21, 2016

Edmonton, Alberta-based Stantec has expanded its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) services by acquiring a new fleet of drones designed by Skycatch. According to Stantec, the fleet will support the firm’s environmental, geomatics, community development, mining, architecture and transportation services by [Read More]

Merger Creates Drone Division for Engineering Consulting Firm

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 21, 2016

The Falcon Group has completed an acquisition agreement with Vantage Vertical, a drone aerial imaging services firm. The New Jersey-based Falcon Group provides full-service engineering and architectural solutions to multifamily residential communities, commercial offices and hospitality facilities. The company serves [Read More]

Longtime Bridge Inspector Brings Topcon UAS into Fleet

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 18, 2016

Michael Baker International, an Irvine, Calif.-based provider of engineering, planning and consulting services, has expanded its inspection services with the purchase of a Topcon Falcon 8 unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Combined with Michael Baker’s mobile and static LiDAR systems for [Read More]

FLIR-Equipped, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Tracks Sharks in Nantucket

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 10, 2016

Manassas, Va.-based Aurora Flight Sciences recently partnered with OCEARCH, a marine conservation organization, to provide aerial support locating and tracking great white sharks off the coast of Nantucket, Mass. The optionally piloted aircraft, a Centaur DA-42, flew above the expedition [Read More]

3DR Brings New Drone Capabilities to Construction

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 10, 2016

3D Robotics (3DR) has launched building information modeling (BIM) capabilities within its Site Scan software, a full-stack commercial drone platform suited for the construction industry. Site Scan, an end-to-end application offering fully autonomous drone image capture and cloud integration with [Read More]

Catamaran, UAV and Kayak Take on Study of Ocean’s ‘Skin’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 09, 2016

Using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), kayak and remote-controlled catamaran, researchers from nonprofit foundation Schmidt Ocean Institute returned yesterday from an in-depth study of the ocean’s “skin” – the sea-surface microlayer – on board their Falkor research vessel. According to [Read More]

Kansas DOT’s UAS Testing is in Full Swing

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 08, 2016

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has kicked off its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program, which is exploring ways to use drones for inspecting bridges and towers. KDOT says the flight testing, which began on Friday, is one of several [Read More]