Surveying and Mapping with Fixed Wing UAS: A Fly-Off Between Leading UAS Providers

I just came across a great White Paper by Black Swift Technology that compares their Swift Trainer Fixed Wing UAS with the Sensefly Ecobee and the Trimble UX5.  Of course, it shows how well the Swift Trainer does compared to the others.  Shocker that their study shows it out pereforms the rest!  If you are interested in Fixed Wing UAS Technology you should read the comparison.

Here is a link to the White Paper:  Surveying and Mapping with Fixed Wing UAS: A Fly-Off Between Leading UAS Providers

ASPRS Technical Presentation February 17 at SLU

The Heartland Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) will hold a technical meeting on February 17 at 4:30 PM at St. Louis University. Details are below:

Title: Better Data, Better Decisions: East-West Gateway’s Spatial Data Enhancement Initiatives

Abstract: East-West Gateway Council of Governments has invested in several datasets to improve geospatial analysis and planning efforts in the St. Louis region. This presentation will showcase investments in orthoimagery, detailed land cover mapping, and wetland mitigation/restoration potential. All of the data presented is available for anyone to use at no cost. Come learn about what we have, how we use it and how you can use it too!

Bio: Jennifer Reiman is the Manager of GIS Services at East-West Gateway Council of Governments, serving the St. Louis region of Missouri and Illinois. Ms. Reiman supports the transportation, environmental and community planning efforts of the Council by providing maps, database reports and spatial analysis services. She earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies & Regional Planning from the University of Kentucky in 2004 and has been at East-West Gateway since 2007.

Location: Des Peres Hall, Room 204, 3694 West Pine Mall, Saint Louis, Missouri 63108

Time: February 17, 4:30PM

Parking directions: LacLede Visitor parking http://www.slu.edu/parking-and-card-services-home/general-information/where-do-i-park/visitor-parking

VerticalGeo’s 2015 Story Map

Here is VerticalGeo’s 2015 Story Map. This map contains an overview of the major projects we worked on for 2015. When people ask what you do sometimes a maps speaks a thousand words. Please feel welcome to share this:

You can also access this Story Map using this link.

Using ArcGIS Online as Part of a Data Collection Workflow

Bethany Marshall is speaking about using ArcGIS Online in our workflow during a Tree Survey we recently completed at the next American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Heartland Region Technical Meeting. Here is a copy of the ASPRS Flyer. So proud of her!

Arc GIS Online Presentation

Cleaning LiDAR Tiles: Tug and Barge

Cleaning more LiDAR tiles today.  This one includes a Tug and Barge combination that I found in the middle of the Mississippi River near New Madrid, Missouri.  No one will ever know it was there when I get done with the tile.  The top view is a cross section elevation and shows what the elevations look like from the side.  The bottom view is an overhead look at the Tug and Barge.

Tug and Barge near New Madrid, Missouri
Tug and Barge near New Madrid, Missouri

New LiDAR Project

Half way done tonight with our 5 week LiDAR classification/cleanup project for the Arkansas Department of Fish and Wildlife. The screenshot below is a 1 mile by 1 mile tile that includes over 8 million points. Airborne LiDAR uses an aircraft equipped with a laser scanner to image the earth’s surface. It doesn’t take color pictures, but takes a snapshot of the earth’s elevation. So the below tile includes a creek running through a culvert under a road. The creek is the lowest elevation and is represented by a magenta color. The road is the highest elevation and is represented by a green color. I enjoy working with LiDAR and the tools you can produce from the data. It just takes forever to process, classify, and clean up.

LiDAR_Cleaup_20141014

VerticalGeo’s Airfield Experience Map: ArcGIS Online

Here is a VerticalGeo’s Airfield Experience Map. VerticalGeo collectively has over 65 years experience as subject matter experts on integrating GIS and aerial photography technology into airfield operations and over 40 years experience serving the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command (AMC). This map displays the airfields where we have boots-on-ground experience.

Please click on the aircraft symbol to drill down into the information for each of the airfields.

You can click on the “View Larger Map” link at the bottom of the map or use the following link to go to the ESRI ArcGIS Online version of this map:

http://bit.ly/YiCJNv


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