Work or Play? Mapping Baseball Fields with Laser Technology

It’s not every day one gets to spend on home plate at AT&T Park where the San Francisco Giants play baseball in front of thousands of spectators at the field and millions watching on TV. When a client came to Elecdata asking for a more efficient and accurate way to map assets and features surrounding […]

Elecdata Receives 333 Exemption for Commercial UAS Operations

On July 15, 2015 Electronic Data Solutions (Elecdata) was granted a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which allows Elecdata to legally operate the Trimble UX5 and the UX5 HP for commercial purposes. A long time in the making, this is an exciting milestone for Elecdata who intends to market UAS products […]

A Real-time GNSS Network for Southeast Idaho

There has been a contingency of geospatial professionals in Idaho that have long sought to establish a real-time GNSS network in Southeast Idaho.  Land surveyors, GISers, academics, and various government agencies have put in considerable effort to create a plan for a publicly accessible real-time network, or VRS, in the state but challenges like a […]

How the Idaho Transportation Department Measures Stockpile Volumes

There are several ways to measure the volume of a stockpile and each method has trade offs. Some methods are costly, some are dangerous, and others just plain aren’t accurate (think one eye open with thumb out front).  Hiring an airplane to fly over piles can break the budget pretty quick.  Hiring a surveyor to […]

Differential Correction Sources: SBAS, RTK Base Stations, and Real-time GNSS Networks

We get a lot of questions about how to improve in-the-field accuracy with GNSS equipment.  Many new or less-experienced users suspect that when a device is marketed to provide 10 cm or 1 cm level accuracy, that it provides that right out of the box.  When you pay a pretty penny for a high-end machine […]

Satellites Galore! What We Launch Into Space and GPS Modernization

Today there are hundreds of satellites orbiting Earth.  A portion of those are Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) like GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), Galileo (European Union), and COMPASS or BeiDou (China).  But there are many other reasons governments and commercial interests want to put birds in the sky: imagery capture, communications, television broadcasting, weather monitoring, intelligence […]

Chase Fly, Michael Clancy, and Cliff Askew from Elecdata at the UX5 Training in Boise.

Elecdata Hits the Skies with the Trimble UX5

Unmanned Aerial Systems continue to make the news almost daily and we at Elecdata are anxious to see the FAA open the skies up to commercial use of the technology for mapping and surveying.  The FAA has said it will release an initial draft of regulations for operating small drones (sUAS) by the end of this […]

Elevation Matters: High-accuracy GNSS for Dam Inspections

When an application for GNSS requires highly accurate relative elevation readings for a set of features, we often think of fairly traditional surveying techniques and equipment like survey-grade GNSS systems, total stations, or even the old hand level with a stadia rod.  But when that structure is way out in the boondocks far from any […]

Renting Trimble Equipment vs Buying

Rent or Buy: The Trimble GPS Debate

  Before coming to work at Elecdata I coordinated field crews where we used Trimble GPS equipment for field data collection.  We used the equipment daily from May to September, but then most of it sat on a lonely shelf during the off-season.  Each spring we went through the commotion of verifying everything was still […]

UAS for Precision Mapping

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have become quite a buzz among artsy filmmakers, eager advertisers, real estate gurus, high-tech farmers, stoic men and women who defend us, and concerned citizens everywhere.  Many applications for the technology are obvious and the economic benefits appear legitimate, but a lack of regulations which would enable the industry to grow […]