Using Terrestrial LiDAR for Cultural Heritage Documentation

In July VerticalGeo hosted the ASPRS Heartland Region‘s monthly Technical Presentation. Brittany Mabry, a graduate student from the University of ArkansasCenter for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), presented on “Using Terrestrial LiDAR for Cultural Heritage Documentation.” It was a fascinating presentation that highlighted how Brittany, and the CAST team has used, and taught others to use, Terrestrial LiDAR to digitally capture 3-D imagery of cultural heritage resources around the globe. This is wonderful technology that will allow us to capture and preserve in 3-D those historic places that define our world. Here is Brittany’s presentation:

US National Map Corps

Last week I attended a web-based presentation by USGS on the National Map Corps. I don’t know if you are familiar with USGS’s National Map or not, but it is a great resource for finding and downloading information. I had not heard of the USGS National Map Corps before, so this was good news to me.

USGS has adopted the same editing environment for the National Map Corps that OpenStreetMap has used for a few years (Potlatch). It works well, is simple to use, and they use it to update a few features for the US Topo Map. The features you can currently edit across the US are: schools, fire, police, and EMS locations, state capitals, and cemeteries. Not a lot of features to update, but it is nice to see USGS opening up to crowd sourcing to keep features current and accurate. The updates you make on the map are reviewed by peers and then added to the new US Topo Map quads.

The URL for the USGS National Map Corps Editor is:

http://navigator.er.usgs.gov/ 

PrecisionAg Mazine’s Top 10 Videos for 2013 Includes AutoCopter

AutoCopter Demo at InfoAg 2013
AutoCopter Demo at InfoAg 2013
AutoCopter at InfoAg 2013
AutoCopter at InfoAg 2013

Good to see our friend Donald Effren at AutoCopter Corp made the Precision Ag Magazine top 10 Video List.  Donald is a great guy and AutoCopter is changing the way growers monitor their production.  It is a transformational technology.  We were at the InfoAg Conference in Springfield last July when Donald and the AutoCopter Team demonstrated the capabilities of the UAV and it was very impressive.  Congrats Donald!