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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Thoughts on the 2015 George Wright Society Biennial Conference – Oakland, CA

By: Kimberley Denney, Associate Vice President

The 2015 George Wright Society (GWS) Biennial Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites will commence next Monday, March 30th in Oakland, California.  As stated on the GWS Conference website, this event is the USA’s largest interdisciplinary professional conference on parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. For professionals working in national parks, other kinds of protected areas, and cultural sites, it is the country’s largest and most important meeting of its kind. The conference has taken place for thirty years, but for Atlantic, this will be its first year to attend. Although new to the GWS Conference scene and perhaps an unfamiliar firm to a majority of the professionals attending, Atlantic has a prominent resume for providing geospatial solutions to the United States Department of Interior National Park Service (USDI NPS) and the partner organizations with whom NPS works with around the nation.

Atlantic’s specialized background in airborne remote sensing and geospatial data development has qualified our firm to map a variety of NPS-related projects throughout the United States. Project locations range anywhere from extremely remote sites unrecognized by many […]

Reaction to Proposed UAV/UAS Rule Making

By: Nathanael Litter, A&P, Flight Operations Manager

April 24, 2015 is the final day to issue a public comment on the proposed FAA NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rule Making) for small commercial UAS.  As we patiently wait like the rest of the geospatial profession for this period to quickly close so that we can move forward, I wanted to express how both Atlantic and I think commercial UAS will impact our business.

I look forward to the possibilities and opportunities that lie ahead for our profession. Personally, I think the addition of unmanned aircraft will be a great asset, a new tool in our toolbox.  Like many other technologies that have come before it, UAS is sure to add tremendous value but will not provide the best answer for many problems.  The proposed rulemaking will not allow commercial UAS utilization to be a substitute for what we are already accomplishing in remote sensing.

When satellite imagery became more popular a case could be made that collecting imagery from an aircraft was on the way out; however, with satellite imagery came more options, more demand, and it opened […]