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Drones for Surveying and Mapping Professionals | A Game Changer for the Industry

Image credit: Soleon (Agro with KDE Direct)   Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred to as drones, are reshaping the ways in which survey and mapping professionals operate. Industries that widely use UAVs for gathering data from the sky include utilities, construction, and agriculture because they can get in the air quickly and offer a more cost-effective solution than manned aircraft.   Topographic surveys are a fundamental part of all land development projects. Mapping professionals and land surveyors work in urban environments and remote wilderness areas. The tools required to perform their jobs—tripods, total stations, GPS equipment, electronic levels, and...

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Drones Could Save Construction Industry Billions

Construction spending in the U.S. totaled $1.18 trillion last year - and that’s just in America. At that scale, efficiency is king - even miniscule budget improvements can translate to billions of dollars in savings. 

In recent years, drones have been used to increase surveillance and transportation on projects, while simultaneously decreasing cost and theft. Rather than relying on human resources and heavy machinery, projects with UAS equipment (drones) can collect live data, create 3D renderings of a project, and transport goods for a fraction of the time and price.

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The Future of Commercial Drones

It wasn’t all that long ago that the word drone conjured up an image of a bee rather than a remotely piloted UAV. Although drones have been used for years by the military, the word hasn’t exactly been part of our everyday language. We stopped by CES 2017 this year to take a look at what the future has in store for commercial drones.

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Telemedical Drones Deliver

Drone hobbyists know that unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have been used by the government since the 1970s, mainly for aerial surveillance. And more recently, drones have attracted attention due to the interest of major retailers — especially Amazon — for quick and efficient package deliveries. But one of the most exciting areas of deployment is just beginning to make headlines — telemedical drones.

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Amazon Prime Air Drone Delivery Completed

Amazon has been hinting about plans for Prime Air drone deliveries for a few years now, since as early as 2013. Those plans began to unfold publicly this week, with Amazon's announcement of drone delivery trials in the UK. While these trials are small, working with only two shoppers so far—and a delivery of an Amazon Fire TV stick and a bag of popcorn—Amazon projects to expand these, from initially dozens to eventually hundreds who live within a short radius of the Prime Air fulfillment center in Cambridge.

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