Mapping & Surveying

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]

Drones Brought in for Surface Mining Project in Pennsylvania

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 07, 2016

Identified Technologies, a Pittsburgh-based provider of automated commercial drone mapping and tracking for industrial job sites, has been selected by Bentley Development to support a large surface mining project in western Pennsylvania. Established in 1971, Bentley Development now performs a [Read More]

Trimble Brings UAS Function to New Cloud Processing Platform

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 07, 2016

Trimble has announced the first service available on its new Trimble Connect cloud-processing platform: Trimble Connect AutoUAS. Trimble Connect is a collaboration ecosystem for architecture, engineering, construction and geospatial users. According to the company, the new AutoUAS service dramatically reduces [Read More]

Company Turns to Drones to Serve U.S. Wireless Industry

Posted by Joseph Bebon on November 01, 2016

P3 Group, a consulting, management and engineering services company, has announced the launch of a new drone program in the U.S. designed to increase the speed, safety and accuracy of its radio frequency (RF) analysis and reporting for the wireless [Read More]

Drone Software Integration to Enhance Data, Imagery Collection

Posted by Amanda Fava on October 31, 2016

SLANTRANGE Inc., a drone-based remote systems provider for the agricultural sector, has released a new integration solution that enables SLANTRANGE data products to be used within the DroneDeploy drone software platform. Utilizing DroneDeploy’s new GeoTIFF Upload feature, complete SLANTRANGE maps, [Read More]

Sentera Debuts Omni UAV Package for Inspections, Agriculture

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 28, 2016

Minneapolis-based Sentera LLC has introduced the Omni unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) package, a quadcopter fixed with Sentera’s gimbaled, double 4K sensor. Empowering users to collect precise data from obscure angles, an Omni + Double 4K Sensor package simultaneously captures macro and [Read More]

Eos Systems Brings UAS-Focused Photogrammetry Software to Market

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 26, 2016

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Eos Systems Inc. has introduced new photogrammetry software optimized specifically for photographs taken with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). According to the company, the PhotoModeler UAS 2016 software creates 3D models, measurements and maps from photographs taken with [Read More]

Michigan UAS Company OK’d for Nighttime Operations

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 26, 2016

Southwest Michigan-based Great Lakes Drone Co. LLC (GLDC) has been awarded a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for operating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at night. The company provides unmanned aircraft services for industries including precision agriculture, real estate [Read More]

Allstate Goes from Polaroid to Ultra-Zoom Drone Technology

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 20, 2016

Allstate Corp., one of the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurers, is taking drones over Savannah, Ga., and parts of South Carolina to inspect rooftops and homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. Allstate says it is using multiple unmanned aircraft [Read More]

UAVs, Thermal Imaging and Artificial Intelligence Tackle Koala Preservation

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 19, 2016

Researchers from Australia’s Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are working with local councils to test a new tool for protecting the vulnerable koala populations: drones equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) and backed by statistical analysis. Koala experts with Logan, Gold [Read More]

Nebraska Professors Choose UAS for Monitoring Wetland Habitats

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 18, 2016

Thanks to a $203,220 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln professors Zhenghong Tang and Wayne Woldt are planning to develop a methodology to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to conduct dynamic monitoring and precise assessments of playa wetland [Read More]

Philly Company Gets Federal Green Light for UAS in Congested Airspace

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 17, 2016

Commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operator Keystone Aerial Surveys Inc. has been granted Class D airspace authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Under the FAA’s Part 107 rules for commercial drone operators, operations are not possible within Class B, [Read More]

Offshore Wind Power Company Tries out Drones for Scouting Birds

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 12, 2016

A drone has been used in a successful trial to count cliff-nesting seabirds at a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) reserve on the U.K. coast. With funding from offshore wind company DONG Energy, the trial took place at [Read More]

microdrones Rolls out Suite of VTOL UAS Mapping Solutions

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 12, 2016

Building upon Trimble’s recent announcement that Delair-Tech and microdrones will jointly become official unmanned aircraft system (UAS) suppliers for Trimble’s worldwide distribution network, microdrones is now offering four new mapping vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) UAS solutions, called mdMapper. mdMapper200: [Read More]

DJI and Datumate Partner on Packaged Site Survey Solution

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 11, 2016

China-based DJI and Israel-based Datumate have begun offering a drone, software and app package that the partners say fully automates and expedites site surveys. Tailored for professional surveying jobs, the DJI-Datumate Site Survey Solution is a comprehensive package of imagery [Read More]

DroneDeploy Offers Service Provider Directory, Co-Branding

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 11, 2016

Cloud-based drone software company DroneDeploy has unveiled the Drone Mapping Directory, a drone mapping marketplace to connect businesses with drone service providers. At launch, the Drone Mapping Directory unites more than 250 drone service providers operating in 48 countries and [Read More]

Why You Should Take a Solution-Based Approach to UAV Services

UAO Staff
Written by Dustin Price on October 11, 2016

With sectors such as mining, infrastructure, agriculture and surveying, simply talking about a new technology is not enough to impress them; you need to talk about how this solves problems specific to their industries.

Pix4D Launches Hybrid Solutions for Drone Mapping

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 11, 2016

Drone mapping software developer Pix4D has launched hybrid solutions that the company says integrate mobile, desktop and cloud platforms for more flexible mapping. The four new solutions include Pix4Dmapper Pro 3.0 for surveying, mapping and forensics; Pix4Dbim for construction; Pix4Dag [Read More]