Posts by dan.michalec:

2019 Esri User Conference Highlights

Monday, July 22nd, 2019 By Dan Michalec cool things

The 39th Esri User Conference is in the books. While I am old enough to have attended every single conference (plus a few more), I only have firsthand knowledge of the last 12 or so. The UC grows each year, but 2019 was palpably more crowded. Case in point: The annual Monday afternoon migration from […]

ENR FutureTech: A Cartographer and a Lawyer Attend an Engineering Conference…

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 By Dan Michalec cool things, fresh ideas

No, that’s not a joke. Todd Duwel (lawyer) and I (cartographer) traveled to San Francisco for Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) FutureTech Conference from June 3 through 5. ENR touts FutureTech as “construction’s leading technology forum,” and the more than 700 attendees were treated to three days of tech talk focused on emerging technology for enhanced productivity, […]

Micro-Scale Photogrammetry: UAS for Construction Monitoring

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 By Dan Michalec cool things, fresh ideas

Point 1: Photogrammetry is not a new science. For hundreds of years, photogrammetry has been applied successfully across varied and vast geospatial extents to help users understand and analyze their environments. Point 2: Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) allow for the quick and efficient acquisition of aerial imagery—the very building blocks of photogrammetry. A single UAS […]

The Eyeball Perspective

Thursday, December 14th, 2017 By Dan Michalec cool things, in the works

Cartography offers an opportunity to view our world from a variety of unique perspectives. For thousands of years, cartographers have tried to create flat representations of our round planet by partitioning, measuring, mosaicking and controlling its surface. Modern cartography has further unlocked entire industries of analysis and intelligent decision-making about the land and our impact […]