CAST in the News

2013-2014 News

Several projects generated a generous amount of media attendion for CAST and the University of Arkansas, of particular interst during the last year were the CORONA project, the NSF-funded SPARC grant and the airing of the PBS Series Time Scanners.


“3D Hearths with Artifacts from Point Cloud.” Millennia Research Limited, Prince Rupert Update, What’s New, August 28, 2013.
“A Bird’s-Eye View: 3D Laser Scanner Maps a Mountain.” Smart GeoMetrics, May 9, 2014.
Allen, Katherine. “New PBS Series Uses 3-D Scanning to Unlock Secrets of the Pyramids.” Metropolis, July 9, 2014.
Anderson, Berkeley. “New Program Applies Geospatial Technology to Archeological Research.” The Arkansas Traveler, February 27, 2014.
Ben Zion, Ilan. “Spy Satellite Photos Reveal Ancient Sites, but Few in Israel.” The Times of Israel, May 13, 2014.
Bower, Bruce. “Radial Routes Ran Outside Mesopotamia.” ScienceNews, February 20, 2013, sec. News in Brief.
Boyle, Alan. “Archaeologists Discover Lost Cities in Cold War Spy Imagery.” NBC Science News, April 29, 2014.
Branam, Chris. “Scanning the Pyramids.” Research Frontiers, July 1, 2014.
Brown, Bob. “Boosting Retailers’ Efficiencies More than a Game for Arkansas Researchers.” NetworkWorld, April 2, 2013.
Campbell-Dollaghan, Kelsey. “How Cold War Spy Satellites Revealed 10,000 Lost Cities and Ruins.” Gizmodo, April 25, 2014.
“How Cold War Spy Satellites Revealed 10,000 Lost Cities and Ruins.” Gizmodo, Australia, April 27, 2014.
Caraher, Bill. “Three Dimensional Field Recording in Archaeology: An Example from Gabii.” The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, September 19, 2013.
Castro, E. “The North American Database of Archaeological Geophysics (NADAG) Year 2 (2002-02).” Product Catalog, March 27, 2013.
Cothren, Jackson. “State of the Industry Report.” Earth Imaging Journal, 2014.
“Could Visual Identification Technologies Revolutionize Logistics.” Shandong Jiatong University SCDigest, May 14, 2013.
Daly, John. “World Heritage University-Level Training Programs.” UNESCO In the Spotlight: Education and Culture, July 16, 2014.
Gill, Allyson. “2014: Minding the Gap: Advanced Challenges in Theory and Practice in 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites.” Digital Landscapes, May 27, 2014.
Griggs, Mary Beth. “These Cold War Satellite Images Revealed 10,000 Undiscovered Archaeological Sites.”, May 1, 2014.
Jones, Charles. “CORONA Atlas of the Middle East.” AWOL - The Ancient World Online, February 26, 2014.
Kellams, Kyle. “Ozarks At Large.” Ozarks At Large. Fayetteville, Arkansas: KUAF 91.3, June 30, 2014.
Krimmer, Mike. “How Cold War Spy Satellites Revealed 10,000 Lost Cities and Ruins.” Northern Virginia Community College Spatial Matters, April 28, 2014.
Lansberry, Jaclyn. “IU Professor Stacie King Receives Grant to Build a Digital Museum, Organize Workshops.” Art at IU, May 13, 2014.
Le Riche, Henri. “The Lost Cities of the Middle East Uncovered by Cold War-Era Spy Satellite.” Proudly Afrikaner DNA, April 28, 2014.
“Lewis to Receive Oakley Award,” December 3, 2013.

Marcoux, Jon. “Magnetometry at Lord Ashley.” Diggin Early South Carolina:  The Lord Ashley Site, June 13, 2013.

McCormack, David. “The Lost Cities of the Middle East Uncovered by Cold War-Era Spy Satellite Photos That Were Looking for Soviet Missile Bases and Captured Historic Sites since Overtaken by Urban Development.” Daily Mail Online, April 28, 2014.
Moore, Charles. “New University of Arkansas Geospatial Research Program Meets Critical Need in Archaeology Research; Announces First Awards.” BIONews Texas, February 28, 2014.

“New Geospatial Research Program Meets Critical Need in Archaeology Research.” February 25, 2014.

Onion, Amanda. “Cold War-Era Satellite Images Reveal Lost Cities.” Discovery News, April 30, 2014.

“PBS Documentary Feature UA Researchers.”, July 2, 2014.

“PBS Documentary Features UA Researchers.” News Segment. PBS Documentary Features UA Researchers. Fayetteville, AR: KNWA-TV, July 1, 2014.

“PBS’ Premiere of ‘Time Scanners’ Brings 3D Digital Preservation Technology to a Wider Audience.” Archinet News, July 1, 2014.

Press, Michael. “Hussein’s Head and Importance of Cultural Heritage.” ASOR Blog, March 10, 2014.

Roe, Gene. “Time Scanners on PBS.” The American Surveyor, July 2, 2014.

“Secretful Diablo Pyramid Sheds Light On The Mysterious Maya Sun God With Many Faces.”, April 12, 2014.

Shannon. “Graff Participates in NEH Summer Institute.” CLA: Department of Writing Studies A Blog for the Department of Writing Studies., July 31, 2013.

Sharpe, Sarah. “SPARC (Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations) Summer Fieldwork and Data & Analytics Awards — Deadline 15 December 2013.” News and Announcements from the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology at Brown University, December 2, 2013.

Short Takes: Supply Chain Solutions | University of Arkansas. Short Takes. University of Arkansas, 2014.

Slavin, Molli. “Archaeological Program to Work With Research Teams Throughout 2015.” The Arkansas Traveler, March 5, 2014.

Smith IV, Jack. “New Show on PBS Uses Military Technology To Solve Ancient Mysteries.”, June 16, 2014.

“Spacial Archaeometry Research Collaborations.” Newark Earthworks Center’s Blog, January 14, 2014.

“Spy Satellite Images Unveil Lost Cities.” Southern California Government GIS User Group, May 7, 2014.

Storey, Michael. “Time Scanners Spotlights UA Research Center.” Arkansas Democrat Gazette. July 1, 2014.

“Time Scanners Spotlights UA Research Center.” July 1, 2014.

Swedberg, Claire. “University of Arkansas Researchers Study How to Link Visual Identification Technology With RFID.” RFID Journal, March 28, 2013.

“Time Scanners.” National Geographic Channel, 2014.

“Time Scanners: Il Laser Scanner 3D Alla Riscoperta Delle Antichità.” GDS: Geo Data Service, June 23, 2014.

“UA Researchers Apply Video Tech to Retail.”, March 28, 2013.

“University of Arkansas Research Center to Appear in Time Scanners on PBS.” Directions Magazine, June 26, 2014.

“UofA Has Campus Map ‘App.’” KATV 7: The Spirit of Arkansas. May 1, 2012.

“US Geospatial Research Programme Helps Archaeology Research.” Trimble Geospatial World, February 26, 2014.

Vergano, Dan. “Cold War Spy-Satellite Images Unveil Lost Cities: Cold War Reconnaissance Photos Triple the Number of Known Archaeology Sites across the Middle East.” National Geographic Daily News, April 25, 2014.

Yang, Nancy. “Ancestral Apes: A New Analysis of an Old Fossil Yields Evolutionary Insights.” Illumination, 2013.



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The Amarna Virtual Museum on The Ancient World Online blog

November 2011

About the 3D Models The 3D models provided for each artifact are available for download in three formats: VRML, 3D PDF, and OBJ. The models provided for the OBJ format are available in original quality or "high resolution" as well as reduced quality or "low-resolution." The models provided for the VRML and 3D PDF formats are only available in low-resolution only... More


The Virtual Amarna Project on The Ancient World Online blog

October 2011

The ancient Egyptian city of Amarna. was the short-lived capital built by the Pharaoh Akhenaten and abandoned shortly after his death (c.1332 BCE). It is of particular significance as it represents both the location of the first major society dedicated to the cult of a single god as well as an important city that was occupied for a relatively brief period and then abandoned... More


The Hampson Virtual Museum in the press

The Hampson Virtual Museum was a CAST project completed in 2010. The virtual museum contains some 400 high resolution digital objects from Pre-Columbian archaeological sites in the northeastern part of Arkansas. The museum is the first of its kind to make such high resolution data available and was the subject of a UA Research Frontiers article in April 2010. In 2011 the museum has begun to receive substantial scholarly recognition...  More



April 2011

Researchers at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas helped an artist recreate the culture of Machu Picchu for the cover story in the April issue of National Geographic magazine.

In 2005 and 2009 University of Arkansas researchers visited Machu Picchu with high-resolution laser scanning instruments and created the first comprehensive high-resolution 3D data set for this wonder of the world. These data served as a key resource on the topography, landscape and existing structures for freelance artist Dylan Cole as he created the cover art. In addition to the cover art, the CAST team also created a video of the site for the iPad version of the magazine.



University of Arkansas Researchers work with National Geographic to Create April Cover

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Researchers at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas helped an artist recreate the culture of Machu Picchu for the cover story in the April issue of National Geographic magazine...  More



CAST equipment used in research reported in the NY Times

November 2008

Jason Hermann UA graduate student us CAST geophysical instruments at a site in Turkey. The site was recently the subject of an article in the New York Times  link

A report on the University of Chicago's web site provide mor information and an image created by  Jason link 



CAST Director participates in SWOT analysis for the earth imaging community

January/February 2008

CAST Director, Fred Limp, participated in an industry round table looking at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the earth imaging community in an article in Earth Imaging Journal.

University Libraries and CAST Showcase Geographic Information Systems

Monday, November 12, 2007

 The University Libraries and the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies are hosting an open house to recognize Geographic Information Systems Day. The open house will be on the second floor atrium area of the J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. Center for Academic Excellence from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. GIS Day is an international event designed to showcase real-world applications of GIS technology.

To read more please visit this link


Students will have a voice in an upcoming conference on learning through gaming. In addition, they will be eligible to win a gaming console if they register in advance.

Sim-U 2007, which will bring together students, faculty and a panel of national experts, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development on the University of Arkansas campus. CAST staff played a major role in the planning and organization of the conference.

To read more please visit this link


Mapping to the Edge of Information. Department of Facilities Management and CAST researchers use technology to enhance campus efficiency.

Monday, June 25, 2007
As students leave campus classrooms for summer vacation, university officials across the United States are already planning for fall. University of Arkansas schedulers are trying to figure out how to place tens of thousands of students in thousands of rooms with hundreds of instructors at dozens of different time slots in a given week. Solving some of these complicated logistical issues may one day be as simple as clicking a computer mouse, thanks to the combined efforts of campus planners and geospatial researchers at the University of Arkansas.


Emerging Technologies Summit - The UA Linkage

Thursday, March 29, 2007
Professor Fred Limp, the Leica Geosystems Chair in Geospatial Imaging, gave the keynote lecture at the Emerging Technologies Summit in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. The summit brought together leaders in computer gaming, 3D visualization, architecture, construction management and visualization to lay out a roadmap for the convergence of these new technologies. Around the world, information about infrastructure and buildings is increasingly gaining the attention of organizations involved in architecture, engineering and construction as well as the owners and operators of buildings and other structures. Developments to create a U.S. National Building Information Model Standard for information exchange and new homeland security and defense requirements are bringing these diverse communities together. Speakers at the conference included representatives of the gaming community from Sony Entertainment, leaders in construction management such Parsons Brinckerhoff, which is currently managing major construction projects such as construction at Ground Zero in New York City, the Big Dig in Boston and the Alaskan Way viaduct project in Seattle. Limp spoke on 3D, building information management and visualization technologies and the implications of their convergence. In addition to Limp, faculty from the University of Berlin and Harvard also made presentations during the conference.

UA opens link to fastest track Internet Offers

Arkansas' flagship university demonstrated the state's first connection to the national "e-corridor," an ultrafast Internet connection touted by researchers as a must-have economic development tool.
Faster thana speeding "internet 2" signal, the next-generation connection can deliver crisp, real-time videoconferencing.

High Speed Hookup Goes Live

Wires no thicker than a strand of hair connect University of Arkansas researchers to colleagues across the country at blazing speed, officials announced Monday.
The Arkansas Research and Educational Optical Network went live from the Fayetteville campus Monday morning, allowing students and professors to communicate through a fiber optic network at 10 billion bytes per second.

University of Arkansas chosen as one of the "Best Remote Sensing Education Programs" by GeoSearch.

In the November/December 2006 issue of Earth Imaging News  Richard Serby, President of Geosearch, provided a look at the current growing demand for
remote sensing skills in the work place. He noted that geospatial skills have been defined as one of the top three job growth areas in the US according to the US Department of Labor. He also provided a list of "The Best Remote Sensing Education and Training Programs" which included the Geosciences program here at the University of Arkansas.

Selby asked GeoSearch candidates and employers to submit their choices to the question "Which colleges, universities, or other training programs offer the best quality remote sensing education and training."

In addition to the University of Arkansas other schools listed were:
Applied Geomatics Research Group (Canada) Aquinas College James Madison University Mississippi State University Northern Arizona University Rochester Institute of Technology University of Florida University of Maine University of Mississippi University of Wisconsin Indian Institute of Remote
Sensing (India) University of Edinburg

For information on UA educational offerings go here

Spatial Information Storehouse
CAST researchers work with NASA and other institutions to create data warehouse of spatial information for Central American countries

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - University of Arkansas researchers worked with NASA, USAID and Central American countries to create a database of geospatial information for use by government and nonprofit agencies, scientists and others to help make informed decisions about land use.The data warehouse, called MesoStor, contains climate, soil, rainfall, land cover and infrastructure information, as well as satellite imagery and data from the 1980s to the present. The information spans countries from southern Mexico to Panama.

A Modern Survey of Ancient Ruins
Long-range, high-density laser surveying was used with great success at the Machu Picchu archaeological site in Peru

Laser surveying instruments (e.g., terrestrial light detection and ranging (LIDAR) and high-density survey (HDS) instruments) are increasingly becoming valued tools for geospatial professionals. They can quickly provide a dense set of 3-D data points that can be used to characterize buildings, engineering features and areas.
To read more, please go here

New 2004 digital Land Use/Land Cover Maps of Arkansas

New digital land use / land cover (LULC) maps have been created for the entire state of Arkansas. The new map series was created from satellite imagery and represents a detailed mapping of Arkansas' landscape in the spring, summer, and fall of 2004.
To read more, please go to 2004 Arkansas LULC project

Northwest Arkansas in 3D on Google Earth

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Anyone looking for a location for a new business, planning to build a
house or wanting to take a virtual tour of northwest Arkansas can now log onto the free Google
Earth Web site to view high-resolution, color images of Benton and Washington counties.
Google Earth's 3D technology provides an unparalleled way to see the area. Visitors to the
Web site at must first download the free 3D map viewer to their desktop
computers, and then they can automatically connect to the Google servers and view satellite
imagery or aerial photography anywhere in the world. The beta version of the viewer is only
available for newer Windows-based computers.
To read the press release about this event click here.

Researchers Gather High-Tech Data on World's Ancient Sites

By Melissa Blouin, University Relations
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark - University of Arkansas researchers have used high-resolution technologies to map two World Heritage sites in Bolivia and Peru and are making their three-dimensional, highly accurate models of the ancient ruins available to the public and to other researchers on the World Wide Web.

Researchers Angelia Payne and Snow Winters first traveled to Tiwanaku, Bolivia, where they used three-dimensional laser mapping techniques to create a high-density survey of the ruins of an ancient city that was abandoned by about A.D. 1000. Their work was funded by a high-performance computing grant from the National Science Foundation, awarded to the University of Pennsylvania and contracted to the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas. After completing the work at Tiwanaku, Payne then traveled to Peru to use the same techniques at Machu Picchu, a royal retreat built by an Incan ruler in the late 1400s and abandoned only decades later.

Incas' secret world untangled

By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY
Hidden atop the Andes, the mysteries of the lost Inca Empire are yielding to today's technology.

"We're adding a symphony of instruments to our efforts, which lets us just see more than we ever imagined," says archaeologist Fred Limp of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Archaeological advances and ongoing work in the Andes demonstrate the growing role of high-tech tools, he says.

To read more, please go here


Leica Geosystems Endows Chair in Geospatial Imaging

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging has established the Leica Geosystems Chair in Geospatial Imaging in Fulbright College at the University of Arkansas. Fulbright Dean Donald Bobbitt has appointed University Professor W. Fredrick Limp, director of the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), as the inaugural holder of the Leica Chair. Limp will direct efforts to build an expanded curriculum in geospatial modeling, data storage and analysis, as well as advance scholarly research in these fields.
UA Chancellor John A. White said: "Professor Limp is one of the most respected members of the UA faculty. He is a national 'thought leader' in the use of advanced spatial technologies. It is most appropriate for him to be honored with an endowed chair. We are indebted to Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging for their investment in the University of Arkansas and in Dr. Limp."


CAST and Leica GeoSystems Form Inaugural Center of Excellence

Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping LLC and the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies have formed the inaugural Leica Center of Excellence in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing at the University of Arkansas .
"Leica Geosystems created the Centers of Excellence program to foster collaboration with a small group of outstanding academic institutions, bound together by a commitment to advance the technology and expertise that will foster the development of image-based spatial data," said Bob Morris, president of Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping. "As the charter Leica Geosystems Center of Excellence in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, CAST will work with us in several important capacities."

$40,000 New Horizons Scholarship Winner Announced

Little Rock - The New Horizons Scholarship Council , a public-private partnership, today awarded a $40,000 scholarship to an Arkansas EAST Lab senior. The scholarship, up to $10,000 per year for four years, will help the student obtain an information technology bachelor's degree at a public Arkansas college or university. The scholarship winner is Joshua Dunn of Fayetteville High School . Dunn plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and major in computer science.

Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies Recognized for Spatial Education and Research

The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies in Fulbright College received the North American Oracle Spatial Education and Research Award during the 2005 North American Oracle Spatial Users Conference held in Denver in March. CAST was singled out for its research and education in large databases as well as in interdisciplinary, interoperable datasets and their practical uses by state, local and federal governments.

University Professor Fred Limp Joins Board of International Institute

University Professor Fred Limp has been appointed to the board of the Open Geospatial Consortium's Interoperability Institute. The Open Geospatial Consortium, an international standards development organization, comprises more than 270 members from private, public and university communities,
including Lockheed Martin, Mitsubishi, Northrop, Oracle, the Ordnance Survey, the United Nations, the European Space Agency and NASA.
The consortium was founded in 1994 to improve the use of spatial information.

"Approximately 80 percent of business and government information has some reference to location, but this information and location has been underutilized as a key resource for improving economic productivity, decision-making, and delivery of services," said Limp, director of the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies. Limp has written or edited eight books and more than 95 journal articles and chapters. Before standards were developed, such information was difficult to retrieve because valuable data used in one software application could not be accessed by others. Through consensus, the consortium develops open interface specifications that enable users to exchange and apply spatial information, applications and services freely across networks, different platforms and products. The Interoperability Institute was created to take advantage of the interoperability standards and expand their use across multiple disciplines in the physical and social sciences. In addition to the U of A, the board also has representatives from institutions such as Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Columbia University's Earth Institute, The University of Muenster in Germany, the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and Carleton University in Canada.

For more information on the Open Geospatial Consortium, visit this link


A different Arkansas Team featured on ESPN

If you hear the words "ESPN" and " University of Arkansas" together, you probably immediately have a mental image of our Razorback football, basketball or track teams. But this time the ESPN report  involves a team of geospatial researchers from the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies. They've assisted in the creation of a high tech system to visualize receiver-tagged mallard ducks as they migrate seasonally between Arkansas and Canada. CAST has been working with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) to create an on-line mapping system that automatically depicts the travels of some 50 mallard ducks on the AGFC website. Biologists from the Game and Fish Commission have placed small (less than 30grams) telemetry-based transmitters on the backs of the ducks. At intervals between three to four days the transmitters send positional information for four hours to orbiting NOAA satellites which then rebroadcast the data back to earth. The system provides much needed biological data for AGFC researchers but the question was how they could make this information available to everyone interested in waterfowl migration.