Why “Drone” Is a Dirty Word: The Difference Between Drones and Professional UAV Equipment

Common terms and abbreviations: UAV = Unmanned Aerial Vehicle sUAS = small Unmanned Aircraft System (less than 55lbs) RTK = Real Time Kinematic, high accuracy gnss positioning using local controls for correction and validation. GNSS = Global Navigation Satellite System(GPS-United States, BeiDou-China, Galileo-Europe, GLONASS-Russia) Photogrammetry = science and technology of making measurements using photographs. This […]

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State of the Drone

Winding down the year is a good time to reflect on the changes, applications, and direction of the small Unmanned Aerial Systems in the mapping industry. This has been another year of rapid and dramatic changes in the drone world. Waivers and authorizations are still big topics. Drone for delivery is creeping into the picture […]

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It’s about the data

Working in the UAV world isn’t always about the drone. In fact, the drone is only one piece of a single stage of an accurate high resolution mapping workflow. This blog will outline various stages of the GEO Jobe UAV process. It will then highlight one example of the final stages by focusing on extracting […]

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Making the point with UAV

A question came up recently in a conversation about the different products and stages of processing and presenting data captured by UAVs. I’ll use a recent construction monitoring project to demonstrate some nice examples of the various stages of the photogrammetric processing workflow. This will also show and describe some of the products and deliverables […]

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A Check List For Flying UAV

There are certain things you can count on with almost any Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) job. Something will go wrong is one of those. It is almost as if the adage “One is none, two is one”, was made for UAV jobs. One of the pillars of Project Management is to identify and mitigate risk. […]

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Drones: That Sounds Fun!

“You get to play with drones all day?! That sounds fun! I want your job!” If you are in any subset of the drone industry, you have more than likely heard this at trade shows, conferences, Thanksgiving dinner, or while checking out at Trader Joe’s. (Occasionally the friendly chit-chat actually goes beyond “Oh, good choice! […]

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