How Can Establishing a UAV Fleet Help Your Business Take off?

How Can Establishing a UAV Fleet Help Your Business Take off?

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) are increasingly becoming the solution of choice and have indeed proven to be a disruptive force across a multitude of industries in the past decade, including for the geospatial surveying profession. But will drones really provide all the answers to your mapping challenges? We interviewed five pioneers in the … Read more

“Autonomous Land Surveyor” Drone Finalist In $3M Genius NY Competition

Autonomous Land Surveyor Drone Finalist In $3M Genius NY Competition

The five finalists in round three of the Genius NY Business Competition were announced in December 2018 and one of them wants to automate construction staking. Civdrone claims to increase productivity, speed production, and lower costs by automating land surveying services. Civdrone develops fast, reliable and autonomous marking solutions on enterprise drones for the construction … Read more

Are Unlicensed UAVs a Threat to the Surveying Profession?

Are Unlicensed UAVs a Threat to the Surveying Profession?

An article at GPS World claims that the surveying profession is being threatened by the massive amounts of unlicensed UAVs (drones) flying around out there. This is giving me flashbacks to the days when people said that GPS was the doom of our industry. We’re still here, aren’t we? That’s not to say that technology … Read more

Ford Wants to Develop Drone-to-Vehicle Surveying System for F-150 Trucks

Ford Wants to Develop Drone-to-Vehicle System for F-150

Yes, you read that right. Take my money. Now. Ford has put a $100,000 bounty on the head of thesystem that will create a real-time link between a DJI drone, a smartphone and an F-150 pickup truck. The system would use either the Open XC platform or Ford’s SYNC AppLink to bring everything together. The … Read more

Smart Construction Pairs Drones With Heavy Equipment

Smart Construction Pairs Drones With Heavy Equipment

Komatsu, a manufacturer of heavy construction equipment, and Skycatch, a drone manufacturer, have announced a new service to automate pre-foundation work on construction jobsites. The new service is dubbed Smart Construction and pairs Skycatch drones with Komatsu machines equipped with intelligent Machine Control technology. The service was originally announced in January of this year but … Read more