Joseph V.R. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE, is CEO of GeoLearn (geo-learn.com), an online education company that will launch this fall with courses for geospatial professionals and technicians, including PDHs for continuing education credit, where applicable. Joe is also a seminar presenter, author and consultant to various types of businesses including surveyors, engineers and attorneys as well as developers and marketers of products for the geomatics industry. Joe can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Proponents of UAS have seen the decision by the administrative law judge from the National Transportation Safety Board as permission to fly without any need for FAA oversight. However this is a simplification. First, the appeals process has not been exhausted. That doesn’t mean that the FAA will prevail, but the issues are not black and white.
Knowledge is power. That was the takeaway from remarks by keynote speaker Brian Matsubara and David Totman at the Esri 2013 Survey Summit, held July 6-9 in San Diego. And knowledge about GIS was a main focus of the summit.
2014 will herald a new world where unmanned airborne systems (UAS) will perform a host of useful tasks for government and private industry. It is not a bad idea for those involved in collecting and using geospatial data to begin thinking of the implications.
We’re still looking at years, not months, before the skies open up for commercial use of these innovative geospatial data collection devices. But don’t wait to begin planning. There are things you can do now to prepare for the coming market shift.
While geomatics professionals typically map elevations and natural and cultural features, very often we also map other types of specific data that is of interest to our clients. Thermal mapping is more of this—identifying thermal areas of interest and geocoding them. Is there a market for this service? Bluesky thinks so.
This week, FARO is holding its 3D Documentation Conference in Orlando, Fla. For those looking to add another dimension to their professional services, 3D documentation—whether providing the documentation or providing support services for the creation of 3D documentation—can offer new opportunities.
On Feb. 6, the U.S. Senate passed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act. The most significant aspects of this bill are several deadlines set for the FAA, including a full integration of UAS in the national airspace system (AS) by Sept. 30, 2015.
In the May issue of POB, find out how survey teams used multiple technologies to aid public safety and speed up flood response in Midland County, Michigan, after a freakish storm dropped more than seven inches of water on the area in just 36 hours.