Mapping and Photogrammetry

Partnership Brings UAV-Based Forensic Inspections Across U.S.

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on June 17, 2016

Donan, a Louisville, Ky.-headquartered forensic investigation firm, is partnering with DataWing, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services company based out of San Antonio, to provide UAV inspection services for insurance customers throughout the U.S. Since the birth of its research [Read More]

Drones Monitoring Sea Turtles at North Carolina Seashore

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on June 14, 2016

Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Duke University Marine Laboratory are using, in part, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to monitor sea turtles at Cape Lookout National Seashore, a national park in [Read More]

Inmarsat Helps NOAA Drone Team During ‘Operation Deep Freeze’

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UAO Staff on June 13, 2016

Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communication services, says it supported the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) team during Operation Deep Freeze 2016 while on board the U.S. Coast Guard’s Heavy Icebreaker Polar Star. According to the company, [Read More]

Parrot-Backed Company’s UAV Aims to Battle Deforestation

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UAO Staff on June 07, 2016

BioCarbon Engineering says traditional tree-planting techniques need to be augmented in order for the world to reach carbon-reduction targets set forth at the COP21 climate conference.

DroneDeploy Hits 3 Million Mark for Mapped Acres

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UAO Staff on June 06, 2016

DroneDeploy, a San Francisco-based provider of a cloud software platform for commercial drones, says its users across 120 countries have now mapped 3 million acres. According to a company blog, the 1 million mark happened after one year of operations, [Read More]

EarthCam Air: Webcams and UAVs Merge to Create Geospatial Jobsite Models

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on June 02, 2016

EarthCam will be providing drone and aerial imagery services under the title EarthCam Air, which combines the company’s webcam technology with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services, cloud-based storage solutions and distribution tools for sharing video content. Founded in 1996, New [Read More]

Munich Re Goes With PrecisionHawk for Damage Assessment via Drones

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UAO Staff on May 26, 2016

Munich Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurers, has partnered with PrecisionHawk to enhance insurance assessments by providing faster response times and increased reporting accuracy in the aftermath of a natural disaster. PrecisionHawk’s service team uses a fleet of drones, [Read More]

AEG Firm/Drone Operator Woolpert Names New CEO

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on May 25, 2016

Dayton, Ohio-based architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm Woolpert has named Scott Cattran president and CEO. Woolpert operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and has held a commercial UAS exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration [Read More]

Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill Explore Drones for Shark Detection

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UAO Staff on May 24, 2016

In a collaborative study funded by North Carolina Aquariums, researchers from Duke University and the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill are examining whether drones can effectively pinpoint bonnethead sharks in different habitats and water conditions. Over the past year, [Read More]

UAVs Trialed for Shark Surveillance in Australian Waters

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UAO Staff on May 17, 2016

As part of the New South Wales government’s $16 million strategy to trial emerging technology to better detect and deter sharks, expanded trials of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are underway in Australia’s Port Macquarie. Paul Butcher, DPI Fisheries’ senior research [Read More]

Property Drone Consortium Takes in First University Member

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on May 12, 2016

Upstate New York-based Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has announced its membership in the Property Drone Consortium, a collaboration of insurance carriers, construction industry stakeholders and supporting enterprises. RIT says it is currently the only university in the consortium, and [Read More]

Insitu and PrecisionHawk Create Strategic Drone Alliance

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UAO Staff on May 05, 2016

Insitu and PrecisionHawk have formed a strategic alliance in which they will integrate platforms, hardware and software to deliver comprehensive aerial data insights across commercial and enterprise markets. The alliance is placing an emphasis on providing business intelligence support for [Read More]

Measure and Canadian UAVs Partner for U.S.-Canada Drone Services

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UAO Staff on May 03, 2016

Measure has partnered with Calgary, Alberta-based Canadian UAVs to provide real-time data analysis to businesses in both the U.S. and Canada. Washingon, D.C.-based Measure, a Drone as a Service company, provides turnkey solutions to acquire, process and deliver aerial data [Read More]

An Efficient Workflow for Commercial Drone Flights: Before, During and After

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Jessica Moody on April 28, 2016

Skyward recently spoke with Andrew Dennison, chief operating officer of LIFT Technologies – which works primarily on construction and surveying projects and is a division of Clayco Inc. – on the company’s workflow. The following are 12 steps to safe, [Read More]

Texas Parks & Wildlife Teams with Texas A&M to Try UAS for Seagrass Surveys

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UAO Staff on April 27, 2016

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has partnered with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to determine if using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is as effective as using planes for surveying seagrasses scarred by boat propellers. According to the university, seagrasses serve as [Read More]

Federally Approved SkyBEAM Drone to Help ‘Set the Standard’ for Nighttime Inspections

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UAO Staff on April 26, 2016

The SkyBEAM UAV can locate where structures may have energy leaks, rooftop damage or deteriorating façades – both at night and during the day.

USAA Deploys Drones to Survey Roofs After Texas Hailstorm

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on April 26, 2016

The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) recently deployed unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to assess roof damage in a San Antonio neighborhood after a destructive hailstorm hit the city. According to a report from KSAT 12, last week’s hailstorm caused approximately [Read More]

SimActive Launches Latest Version of Correlator3D Photogrammetry Software

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UAO Staff on April 26, 2016

SimActive Inc., a developer of photogrammetry software for satellite and aerial imagery, including that from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has released the latest version of Correlator3D, which includes a completely redesigned aerial triangulation  module. According to SimActive, the software’s tie [Read More]

Company Gets Federal Green Light for Nighttime UAV Work

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UAO Staff on April 21, 2016

Toronto, Ontario-based Industrial Skyworks has been granted a commercial exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct building inspections via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) both at night and during the day. Specifically, according to the exemption grant provided by [Read More]

Virginia Companies Acquire senseFly eBee RTK to Enhance Mapping

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on April 14, 2016

Rice Associates Inc., a geospatial services firm based in Manassas, Va., and its business partner, Navigator CS LLC, recently acquired a senseFly eBee RTK unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to enhance their surveying and photogrammetry capabilities. Navigator CS – a service-disabled, [Read More]