Category Archives: Aerial photography

Banks Geomapping Solutions is Now Part of Banks Environmental Data

To better serve our customers, we have combined Banks Geomapping Solutions with the Environmental Data division so many of you already know and love. With this merge, we are excited to announce that Banks Environmental Data is now offering a full suite … Continue reading

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Historical Maps and Aerials: Looking to the Past to Plan for the Future

With the innovations in satellite and drone technology in recent years, procuring highly detailed aerials and topographic maps of a site is becoming easier than ever. Current, high-quality maps and imagery can be used to help farmers identify trouble spots … Continue reading

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Happy 99th Birthday National Park Service!

The United States National Park Service celebrated it’s 99th birthday this Tuesday, and with that came free admission to all 408 of the parks, monuments, and other landmarks within the NPS system. In celebration, we have included a slideshow with … Continue reading

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Flying drones down to the farm

In the United States, roughly 40% of the land, or 915 million acres, is dedicated to farming. That land provides an estimated 32% of the corn, 50% of the soybeans, and 30% of the cotton for the planet, according to … Continue reading

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Google Earth Pro is now free

Google Earth is a useful tool that allows you to explore any location in the world. You can view different imagery layers and even overlay a few historical aerials. The search features allow you to zoom anywhere in the world … Continue reading

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New historical research platform: Google Earth Engine

Google has done it again. They’ve found another way to use technology to improve lives. With the help of Imazon, a non-profit research institution that promotes sustainable development in the Amazon through research, Google has developed Google Earth Engine.

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Natural disaster planning with new technologies

Since we are once again in hurricane season, it seems like a good time to address how geospatial data and new data collection systems are shaping the way that we now interact with forces of nature. Although we have not … Continue reading

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Mini-satellites capturing worldwide imagery on a daily basis

A Silcon Valley startup called Planet Labs has designed small satellites, known as cubesats, that are the size of shoe boxes and cost just thousands of dollars to produce (as opposed to conventional satellites that can require hundreds of millions). … Continue reading

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Personal drones: The latest data resource for Phase I ESAs?

It may sound crazy, but drones could soon be serving as a vital research tool for environmental consulting firms and relied upon as an information source similar to the historical sources that are currently utilized in Phase I environmental site … Continue reading

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North Dakota’s Bakken Shale seen from the sky

Last week we showed how the landscape has evolved in the booming oil town of Williston, North Dakota by looking at historical aerial photos. In this week’s post I decided to strap you in the passenger seat of a Cessna … Continue reading

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Researchers team up with Google to map global deforestation

  It’s a familiar story we have all been hearing for years: global deforestation is increasing at an alarming rate. Decades of unsustainable logging in Malaysia has depleted timber stocks and crippled traditional forest management, leaving 15% of the world’s … Continue reading

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Typhoon Haiyan strikes the Philippines – Mapping technology supports relief efforts (Part 2)

Online mapping technologies are at the forefront of an innovative worldwide collaborative effort to assist the relief effort currently underway in the Philippines. Last week we covered MicroMappers and Google Person-Finder; online mapping technologies infused with social media and how … Continue reading

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Typhoon Haiyan strikes the Philippines – Mapping technology supports relief efforts

One week ago the super-typhoon Haiyan crashed into the Philippines, wreaking havoc upon everything in its path. The United Nations and local agencies have released conflicting death tolls but as of today, Friday November 15, 2013, the BBC reports that “National … Continue reading

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Stereoscopy imaging used to identify ancient Mayan ruins

Image source: Reuters Ivan Sprajc and a team of archeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) recently discovered ruins of a large Mayan city in southeastern Mexico. The 54-acre area is located in a remote jungle with … Continue reading

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Slidedeck: Historical aerials of Austin’s evolving downtown

Austin’s new 737 area code debuted on June 1, underscoring the rapid growth that the Austin area has been experiencing for more than two decades. Regardless of how one quantifies the indicators of economic growth across wide-ranging and diverse sectors … Continue reading

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