SimActive takes geospatial focus with new drone training program

SimActive has announced a new geospatial training focused program for drone mapping.  The firm says its goal is to provide educational material and resources on how to effectively process drone imagery, to both neophytes and experts. The new offering includes educational documents, tutorial videos and monthly webinars as well as tailored training sessions, which can be provided both online or on-site.  SimActive confirmed that all aspects of data processing are covered, such as the generation of DSMs, DTMs, point clouds, orthomosaics and 3D models. Commenting on the new geospatial training focus, Philippe Simard, president at SimActive, said: “It is often
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First African Drone and Data Academy opens

UNICEF has announced that the first African Drone and Data Academy (ADDA) opened today in Lilongwe, Malawi. The move is part of efforts to promote the use of drones in programmes and services that will impact the lives of children and young people.  UNICEF’s executive director, Henrietta Fore, commented: “Humanitarian and development programme delivery in Africa and beyond can benefit significantly from the application of drone technology.” Adding: “The African Drone and Data Academy will be instrumental in equipping young people with the skills they need to use the technology to benefit children and their communities.” Building on the work
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Drones help with difficult task of weighing whales

Scientists have been deploying drones to help with what is usually the challenging task of weighing whales. Usually, scientists have to weight stranded or dead animals which can lead less accuracy. Now, according to a report in CNET, a team of researchers led by the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies in Denmark and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts published a study on how drones can be used. The method this week in the British Ecological Society journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution. The CNET report detailed how the scientists used drones to take aerial photographs of southern right
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AeroVironment donates drones to 35 universities to advance UAV work in farming

AeroVironment has announced its 2019 Quantix and AV DSS University Collaboration Project. The concept has been set up to advance academic research, applications and crop production practices to improve the future of farming through the use of UAS and advanced data analytics. For the project, AeroVironment has donated 87 Quantix hybrid drone and AV DSS ecosystems to the agricultural departments of 35 universities throughout the U.S., including Purdue University, The Ohio State University, Cornell University, University of Louisiana-Monroe, University of Florida, University of Georgia, North Dakota State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and many others. Participating universities will therefore
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