Utilizing Drones for Large Survey Mapping Data Projects in Europe

Numerous articles and case studies have laid out the kind of value drones can provide to mapping projects of all types when it comes to making them faster, cheaper or safer. However, whether or not these efficiencies can be expanded beyond a particular project is often a question, which leads us to the scalability problem…

Witnessing the Growth of the Commercial Drone Market in Europe

A small confession: since I’m more focussed on the downstream applications of data collected by drones, I tend to leave commentary on flight regulations to the people that specialize in that area, and there are plenty of people who have a lot to say about all of it, especially in North America. Given all this…

Witnessing the Maturity of Surveying and Mapping at Commercial UAV Expo

The drone industry as a whole has moved beyond the excitement associated with the fact that photographs captured correctly via drones can be turned into various ‘mapping’ based deliverables such as ortho’s and point clouds. UAV-based mapping service providers now have a better understanding of what their clients want to receive from them, and those…

Was Data More Important Than Drones at the Commercial UAV Expo?

The drone industry is waking-up. UAV systems are flying off the shelves, sensors are being identified to help us visualize an increasing range of phenomena, and end-user applications are being identified in every industry imaginable, but none of that is as important as the shift that was on display at the Commercial UAV Expo. The…

3 Key Insights from Commercial UAV Expo Europe

Last Thursday saw the successful delivery of the first edition of Commercial UAV Expo Europe in Brussels, Belgium. Following the keynotes, I wrote about how the Expo was clearly designed to highlight industrial applications where UAVs are being thought of and positioned as just another tool. That focus on the operational requirements for commercial users…

What Does “Actionable Information” Really Mean?

Within any new industry, there can be tendency to use buzz words to give validity to a new approach. As an analyst, you get used to ingesting large amounts of industry communications. Admittedly, you also begin to overlook terms that are used time and time again. To let you in on a small secret, within…

Three Takeaways from the Commercial UAV Expo

This week I am attending SPAR Point’s inaugural commercial UAV event. With 1500 attendees and 120 exhibitors; my impression was that this is an event that easily stands shoulder-to-shoulder with other events in their portfolio such as ILMF and SPAR, but with relatively little overlap between those who attend. These are my initial impressions of…