Hello, and welcome to GeoSpatial Stream. I’m your host, Todd Danielson, and today’s Lead Sponsor is Esri’s Geodesign Summit.

Today’s Top Story is SPAR International, a conference I recently attended in Houston that focuses on 3D measurement and imaging for a wide variety of geospatial applications. It was an excellent event, and I really enjoyed my time with all the friendly and intelligent people who ran the show, exhibited their wares and attended the presentations. Here are a few highlights, but check back often on GeoSpatial Stream, as I’ll soon be posting a slew of interviews with industry leaders kind enough to speak with me at the event.

That was today’s Top Story. I’ll be back with more news after this interview clip from Esri’s Geodesign Summit.

The U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, NOAA and the EPA joined forces to develop an early warning indicator for toxic and nuisance algal blooms in freshwater systems as well as build an information distribution system to expedite public-health advisories. In the United States, the cost of freshwater degraded by harmful algal blooms is estimated at $64 million dollars annually. Satellite data are expected to play a major role in developing the new systems.

OK, this one might be just for me, but I’m a pretty serious skier who lives in the Colorado mountains, and I don’t often come across stories like this. Leica Geosystems and its iCON alpine 3D machine-control technology collaborated with Italian company Prinoth, a producer of snow-grooming machines, to provide more efficiency in grooming slopes, reducing fuel emissions and costs while conserving water and energy. These high-tech machines measure the snow depth to provide real-time information to the operator in the cabin. Yeah, it’s pretty similar to what construction vehicles have been doing for a while, but it’s on the ski slopes, so it makes this episode …

In industry headlines, Esri Press released Children Map the World: Selections from the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Competition, Anniversary Edition, which includes 70 maps and pieces of geographic art from the competition sponsored by the International Cartographic Association. The 2013 map competition marked the twentieth anniversary of the event, and the book includes artwork selected from that year’s entries and from other competitions held during the last two decades.

And the latest release of LAStools from rapid lasso contains a new toolbox of LiDAR processing modules for Hexagon Geospatial’s ERDAS IMAGINE 2014.

For today’s Final Thought, here’s a beautiful little video hosted by drone manufacturer DJI, showcasing the evolution of the drone video medium.

Pretty cool, huh?

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