The U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) demonstrated a new smartphone application called B4UFLY, designed to help model aircraft and unmanned aircraft (UAS) users know if it is safe and legal to fly in their current or planned location.
The U.S. Navy awarded NAVGeo LLC a $30 million contract to provide geographic information systems, surveying and mapping services.
Blacksburg, Va. The first Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech test flight using a fixed-wing unmanned aircraft to inspect an energy pipeline route with a piloted chase plane following behind to ensure safety beyond the ground observers' sight line was completed last week. The flight was a step toward making aerial inspections of energy pipelines safer and more economical, researchers say.
Lansing, Mich. The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M) recently honored firms for engineering and surveying excellence during the associations 50th annual Engineering and Surveying Excellence Awards ceremony. Design professionals and guests gathered at The Henry Ford in Dearborn to recognize outstanding Michigan engineering and surveying projects from the past year, as well as engineering professionals who have significantly contributed to the profession.
Greenwood Village, Colo. Merrick & Companys Geospatial Solutions (GSS) team has entered into a business partnership with Juniper Unmanned, a full-service provider of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) solutions. The purpose of this new business relationship is to provide professional services and products to organizations that value growth opportunities in the rapidly emerging UAS worldwide marketplace.
Orlando, Fla. Bentley Systems, Incorporated acquired France-based Acute3D, provider of Smart3DCapture software for reality modeling. Through reality modeling, observations of existing conditions are processed into representations for contextual alignment within design modeling and construction modeling environments. Rapid technology advancements in scanning and photography and especially the burgeoning application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for these purposes are making the capture of such observations broadly and continuously affordable in sustaining infrastructure, Bentley said.
Portland, Maine SPAR Point Group announced that the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2015 will open February 23 with a sold out exhibit floor and record number of new exhibitors. Over 60 leading hardware and software suppliers will exhibit at the 15th annual event, 18 of which are new to ILMF.
Norcross, Ga. HxGN LIVE, Hexagons annual international conference and exhibition, goes global in 2015 with two locations June 1-4 in Las Vegas and Nov. 18-20 in Hong Kong featuring the Hexagon Geosystems Track. This conference highlights the latest trends in information, measurement, and visualization technologies.
Norcross, Ga. Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, based in Elmwood Park, N.J., expanded its surveying and mapping capabilities by purchasing the Leica Pegasus mobile mapping solution. The multidisciplinary firm is already providing mobile mapping services on several major transportation projects and has had inquiries from other agencies, organizations and existing clients that are interested in exploring the benefits of the Leica Pegasus solution.