While precision agriculture is fundamentally a science, it can also become an art — especially when the geospatial characteristics of a field don't conform to a perfectly square or rectangular grid in a grower’s or consultant’s geographic information system (GIS), or when field topography is far from flat.
Markets for driverless cars, drones, mobile mapping and industrial solutions are growing and benefitting from LiDAR technology. LiDAR is also being used to meet a variety of needs in mining, geology, robotics, construction, telecom, agriculture and 3D modeling applications.
One example of open data advancement is a project mandated by the Washington State Legislature in 2015, which involves the collection, processing and sharing of LiDAR data with the public by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The goal is to cover the entire state.
According to USGS, coral reefs serve as useful indicators of the health of marine environments, but they are declining in many parts of the world. Geospatial data acquisition methods are providing a basic data layer from which to better understand how coral reefs are structured and function.
What makes Drew C. Bjorklund tick is “knowing the building.” He defines that as pulling all of the pieces of a building together — the site, enclosure, spaces, finishes, furnishings, systems and equipment — and making them work together.
An international team that includes the University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology and other research and academic institutions, is surveying the Bulgarian waters of the Black Sea, where thousands of years ago large areas of land were inundated as the water level rose following the last Ice Age.
Many archaeologists spend their entire careers studying one historical site, getting to know it like they know their own house, says Jesse Casana, associate professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
Advances in architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) technologies typically come from technology providers instead of from practitioners, but regardless of where and when technological innovation occurs, it indelibly influences how AEC work is and will be done.
In the April 2017 issue of POB, find out how 3D tools played a role in the renovation of the Institute of Civil Engineers headquarters in London. Also, POB releases the results of its 2017 3D Surveying Trends Study.