Geo Week Round-up: Evolution of Drone Mapping | Facebook Acquires Mapillary | New USGIF Board

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The Evolution of Accurate Drone Mapping

Over the past decade, the process of creating accurate 3D maps and models from drone photos has come a long way. Drone capture capabilities and photogrammetry processing software and services have improved in cost and efficiency to a point where 3D digital twins are a staple for surveying and inspection. Making these models accurate and proving the accuracy – the fundamental of any survey – has also come a long way.

Read more: American Surveyor

Facebook Acquires Mapillary, Crowd-Sourced Street Imagery Company

Mapillary, a startup that specialized in object recognition for autonomous vehicles, especially on crowdsourced street-level imagery, has been acquired by Facebook, according to a Mapillary blog post. The Swedish mapping firm has not disclosed the terms of the deal, but has stressed that their current users should not be impacted – at least for now. “Our plan is to continue being a global platform for imagery, map data, and improving all maps. You will still be able to upload imagery and use the map data from all the images on the platform,” writes Mapillary CEO Jan Erik Solem.

Read more: SPAR 3D

USGIF Announces 11 New Board Members for 2020-20201

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is pleased to announce 11 new members to its Board of Directors and the election of a new chairman. The newly elected board members are Patrick Acheson, Nate Copeland, Todd Bacastow, Armando Drain, Robert Cardillo, Dan Jablonsky, Mary Legere, John Serafini, Carey Smith, Vicki Schmanske, and Isaac Zaworski. Roger Mason, who previously served on the Board of Directors, will serve as the interim chairman of the board until the Board elects a new chairman.

Read more: USGIF

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