Michael Shillenn, vice president and program manager with Quantum Spatial outlines three projects where LiDAR data from the USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) has been used to assist in planning, disaster response and recovery, and emergency preparedness.
There are more high resolution maps of the Moon and Mars, than the seafloor. Largely because of high costs and challenges at every stage of data gathering and processing. However, GIS-driven technological innovations have the power to change this with improved navigation and positioning systems and geoprocessing in real time for faster accurate surveys.
LiDAR is an acronym for ‘light’ and ‘radar,’ a tool developed to detect targets and to use reflected light off of objects as a kind of visual sonar. Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) can determine how far objects are away from each other by shining a laser onto a target and analyzing the […]
Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a portal mapping system that transmits remotely a digital map of the wearer’s environment. The concept behind the technology is known as simultaneous localization and mapping or SLAM and previously had only been applied to mapping by robots. The device was […]
This article provides a brief overview of the GIS data collection process along with examples of methodologies for GIS data capture. Pre-processing Data in GIS When working on a GIS project, the first issue or decision that cartographers have to face is how to incorporate data into the system. This […]
Fabric Engine enables developers to create compute-intensive web applications with comparable performance to native, multi-threaded applications. Fabric Engine achieves this by tapping into all of the processing power of the user’s computer – something that normal web-based applications cannot do. For the GIS market, this means that any web programmer […]
Aerial surveying company Bluesky International is using next generation thermal survey equipment to capture highly accurate measurements of relative heat loss from building and other structures across the UK at night. The resulting thermal maps provide municipal authorities and other organisations with intelligence with which to address fuel poverty, reduce […]