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July 22, 2014

Entrepreneurial Blueprint Bolsters Satellite Development

The successful 2008 launch of the RapidEye satellites marked a turning point in the Earth observation industry. The lessons learned offer a roadmap to getting future satellite programs—government and commercial—from the drawing board to the launch pad. By Kevin P. Corbley, a business development consultant in the geospatial industry and founder of Corbley Communications (,

July 22, 2014

Technology Advances Support Emergency Responses in Extreme Environments

Building an operative offshore emergency response capability for oil and gas operations requires the right combination of tools to ensure effective decisions are made during the critical first 24-48 hours of an event.  By Paul Kennedy, MDA Geospatial  Services Inc. (, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.   Since the 2010 Macondo incident in the Gulf of

July 22, 2014

Global Elevation Data Enhance Exploration and Development

From seismic planning to pipeline routing, accurate elevation data can support a range of oil and gas applications. By Michael Hall, geologist, Airbus Defense and Space (, Leicester, United Kingdom.   Oil and gas exploration and development involves building an understanding of Earth’s surface and subsurface through a variety of methods, including ground survey, seismic

July 22, 2014

Energy Firms Turn to Space for Offshore Data

Satellite-derived bathymetry reduces risk and cost of offshore seismic surveys. By David Critchley, CEO, Proteus (, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Bristol, United Kingdom. In recent years, energy companies have relied increasingly on high-resolution satellite imagery to plan the onshore seismic survey operations that are crucial to hydrocarbon exploration activities. Image data improves the safety, accuracy

June 12, 2014

BYOD (Bring Your Own Drone!)

By Rob Mott, vice president of Geospatial  Solutions, Intergraph Government Solutions  (, Madison, Ala. Unmanned aircraft system applications are endless, and the technology promises widespread benefits. The field of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) is one of the fastest-growing geospatial technology sectors in defense and civilian applications as well as in personal-use markets. In the last

June 12, 2014

U.S. Geological Survey Leads Ambitious 3D Elevation Program

The program is being developed to respond to growing needs for high-quality topographic data and a wide range of other 3-D representations of natural and constructed features. By Larry Sugarbaker, senior advisor, U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Program (, Reston, Va.   As the lead federal agency for terrestrial elevation data, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

June 12, 2014

Finding a Smarter Way to Go Solar

Earth imagery and image analysis software help lead more customers to the solar grid. By Mary Jo Wagner, a freelance writer based in Vancouver, Canada.   Read any recent report on the health of the solar industry, and you’ll likely reach the same conclusion: The sun has been shining brightly on this renewable energy sector—very

June 12, 2014

Emerging Space Programs Spark Earth Observation Growth

Despite a downward trend in government spending on space, Earth observation programs continue to expand globally. By Adam Keith, director of Space and Earth Observation, Euroconsult (, Montreal, Canada. Last year marked the first year of decreased government spending on space programs since 1995. After years of continuous growth, global budgets for space programs have

June 12, 2014

Democratizing Geospatial Data for Disaster Response

By A.J. Clark, president, Thermopylae Sciences & Technology (, Arlington, Va. Picture a spectrum. On the left is the old world of geo-spatial intelligence in which a satellite collects an image and sends it to a ground station. From there it goes to a database, where analysts clean it up with tools designed for the

April 11, 2014

Geospatial Data Play Key Roles in Next-Generation Aviation Map Production

Aviation maps and navigation products have gone digital in both two and three dimensions. A current trend in the development of such mapping products is the integration of information that can enhance situational awareness for pilots in the air and on the ground. By Kevin P. Corbley, Corbley Communications (, Castle Rock, Colo. When US Airways

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