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House Passes Bill Expanding Use of UAS and Location Data in Fight Against Wildfires

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 2:09pm

On March 12, 2019, President Trump signed senate bill S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act.  It has since become Public Law No 116-9.  In addition to other matters, the law directs the US Department of Interior  to maximize the use of UAS systems for wildland fire management.  The cited article below was published before the president signed the bill but provides a good overview of the UAS directive.

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What Does It Mean to be a Youthful and Active GIS Professional These Days?

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 1:46pm

Article with good tips for those just entering the GIS field.

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World Magnetic Model Out-of-Cycle Release

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 10:05am

The northern magnetic pole is moving quickly, which prompted the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) to update the World Magnetic Model sooner than expected.  This article explains how the World Magnetic Model is used in everyday applications and why the update was important.

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Drones shown to make traffic crash site assessments safer, faster and more accurate

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 1:35pm

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana has used UAS technology since 2018 to map vehicle crash scenes.  The technology has allowed them to map a crash scene in 5-8 minutes, instead of 2-3 hours using traditional methods, and has allowed them to reopen roads much faster after an accident.

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Fifty Years of Commercial GIS Part 1

Friday, January 4, 2019 - 6:00pm

This year marks the 50th anniversary since GIS started being used commercially.  The article below provides a nice summary of how GIS grew during its first 25 years.

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