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Geospatial Distancing Weekly


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Geospatial Distancing


10:00 A.M. PDT / 1:00 P.M. EDT

TOPIC: Gamers and GIS Analysts Unite!

Game engines, such as Unreal Engine 4 and Unity, have the potential to provide a collaborative and immersive platform for geospatial analysts, provided that real world geospatial information sources can be blended with 3D modeling and simulation methods. A new generation of Analysts entering the market are primed to use this technology to evolve and advance GEOINT community tradecraft for hypothesis generation, what-if analysis and other structured-analytical techniques. In today’s Geospatial Distancing episode we are going to discuss the challenges of using real-world GEOINT data sources with game engine technology to meet the emerging 3D visualization and simulation needs of the construction, defense, urban planning and environmental planning markets.


Stuart Blundell (Presagis)
Megan Gallagher (L3Harris Geospatial)
Daniel Platt (L3Harris)





Sheltering in place has temporarily removed the human population from city streets and local wildlife has arrived to fill that void. In this episode of Geospatial Distancing, we discussed the implications of animal populations venturing beyond their familiar stomping grounds and how it could be monitored using geospatial imagery. We also shift gears to discuss how the online classroom can introduce younger generations to remote sensing, and the outreach efforts to educate the next generation of scientists.

In this episode we discussed:

  • Mountain lions, otters and elk – oh my!
  • Using change detection and Sentinel data to monitor the unusual movements of these wildlife populations
  • Adorable children introduced to the world of remote sensing through virtual interaction


Joey Griebel (L3Harris Geospatial)
Amanda O'Connor (Geospatial Phenom)





In this episode we delve into how drones are being used during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we discuss the possible innovations to drone technology that could emerge after this period of temporary lockdown.

Watch this episode to learn about:

  • Recently announced "COVID drones" that are designed to detect COVID-19 symptoms*
  • Using drones to make deliveries, enforce social distancing guidelines and everything in between
  • The process of innovation during lockdown and the technologies we might see as a result


Austin Coates (L3Harris Geospatial)
Jason San Souci (Juniper Unmanned)

*The article that kicked off the discussion can be found here.



In this episode of Geospatial Distancing, we look at monitoring submerged coral reefs with remote sensing and its unique challenges. Then, we discuss the barriers and potential benefits of "going global" with remote sensing and transitioning from local coral reef studies to larger, global-scale applications.

Watch this episode for:

  • Processed hyperspectral imagery examples looking at submerged coral reef structures
  • Discussion of coral reef research as a use case for shifting to global-scale imagery and data applications


Zach Norman (L3Harris Geospatial)
Dr. James Goodman (HySpeed Computing)


In this episode, Austin Coates nerds out with Callum Scougal about the 10-band sensor recently launched by MicaSense. They discuss the potential of using this new technology, and more specifically how it might be used for precision agriculture applications.


Austin Coates (L3Harris Geospatial)
Callum Scougal (MicaSense)


In the Geospatial Distancing premiere, we discuss how shelter-in-place orders have created a visible impact for environmental conditions around the world. We also look at change detection applications beyond environmental monitoring for industries like precision agriculture and defense and intelligence during the pandemic.


Megan Gallagher (L3Harris Geospatial)
Amanda O'Connor (Teledyne-Brown Engineering)