Category Archives: Surveying and Mapping

UAV-Based Construction Monitoring Delivers Accurate Daily Counts

Dudek’s Mapping and Surveying team leverages more than 20 years of experience providing survey, permitting, and construction monitoring services. In 2019, we worked with First Solar to create a UAV-based construction monitoring and materials counting survey system. Data is collected using UAVs and analyzed with machine learning technology to provide material counts, before being provided

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Faster Natural Disaster Area Mapping with Drones and Powerful and Cloud Processing Tech

When a natural disaster strikes, emergency service personnel need to mobilize and deploy support quickly. But before that can happen, they need to understand the extent of the damage on the ground. And to do that, they need eyes in the sky. Dustin Gaessner, Dudek Flight Operations Lead was born and raised on Oahu. He

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Custom Technology Enables 10-Times-Faster Drone Data Processing

After launching a successful drone surveying and mapping practice 3 years ago, Dudek’s unmanned aerial system (UAS) services team faced a new challenge. “We were mobilizing and flying new sites at such a fast pace that the industry-standard drone data processing software platforms couldn’t scale to efficiently keep pace with our growing business,” said UAS

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Detailed Data Collection Streamlines Project Permitting

Accurate and thorough collection of geographic information system (GIS) datasets is integral to successful project review and permitting. Equally important is submitting datasets with ample detail so they can be easily understood, analyzed, and manipulated by project owners and regulators. Unintelligible data slows permitting Often, regulators receive datasets that make perfect sense to the data

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Custom Mobile GIS App Improves Urban Forest Management

Dudek’s urban forestry practice manager Michael Huff explains how a real-time mobile GIS app makes managing urban forests more efficient and cost-effective. Gathering and distributing GIS field data traditionally has been a complex, lengthy and manual process. Now, Dudek urban foresters use a custom-built real-time mobile data management application to collect data more accurately and

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Mobile GIS Changes Game for Field Data Management

Gathering and distributing spatial intelligence from the field traditionally has been a complex, manual and lengthy process. Now, Dudek project managers use a mobile GIS application that makes collection faster and more accurate; updates the project’s central GIS databases instantly, and lets non-GIS staff leverage the power of spatial data for review and analysis. Dudek

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Visually Communicating Complex Data

Effective infographics combine appeal, comprehension, and retention. Appeal engages the viewer with compelling graphics; comprehension means information is easily grasped; and retention results from appeal and comprehension. The following are keys to consider when designing infographics: Data Type: Infographics are particularly useful for hierarchies; flow diagrams; maps to show geographic, time and space relationships; time-series;

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Web-Based GIS Access Streamlines Wastewater Districts’ Operations

Three small California wastewater districts have streamlined workflow using Dudek’s new online GIS Viewer that provides web-based access to the district’s GIS files. “We can now view, query and manage our infrastructure information far more efficiently,” said Chuck Duffy, who serves as general manager for the Rancho Santa Fe, Whispering Palms and Fairbanks Ranch community

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GIS Models Identify Renewable Energy Sites Suitable for Development

Geographic information system (GIS) technology is a powerful resource for compiling, organizing, and presenting information to help make faster, more informed decisions about site selection and permitting requirements. GIS models can enable the development team to enter numerous queries to sort through thousands of parcels and identify those meeting defined parameters. Key components for effective

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Effective GIS Visual Information Use

When converting data into visual communications, the essential first step is clearly understanding what information the client needs to understand. For example, when Caltrans and San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) asked for an updated phasing plan for a major transportation project along coastal Interstate-5 in North San Diego County, Dudek’s project manager and GIS

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