Industry Report: The Geospatial Industry is Alive and Kicking

How Digitalization and the Immense Need for 3D Data Drive the Business Forward
The advancement of new technology in the geospatial industry is opening up new horizons for surveyors. The profession has rapidly become high-tech, which has brought many benefits and also an ever-greater need to invest in advanced data acquisition, processing, analysis and visualization solutions. According to the findings from the annual GIM International survey among geospatial professionals, the demand for such solutions is set to reach new heights in 2020 and beyond. It is a case of ‘full steam ahead’ for the surveying and mapping business – which is great news in particular for hardware and software companies. The mood among... (read more)
2020-02-14 11:04:00

What Are the Main Reasons for Choosing UAV-based Lidar Mapping?

Lidar mapping based on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) can generally be thought of as a close-range version of manned airborne laser scanning. In brief, lower mobilization costs and much higher spatial resolution are allowing new Lidar mapping use cases in several disciplines, such as forestry, bathymetry, archaeology, infrastructure mapping, hazard management and so on. In general, modern UAV-based Lidar solutions fall into one of the following categories: Survey-grade sensors featuring narrow laser beams with a beam divergence of <1 mrad, high pulse repetition rates in the MHz range and sophisticated full waveform-based signal processing. These high-end sensors weigh around... (read more)
2020-02-11 02:00:17

French Experiences with UAV Lidar for Power Line Inspection

RTE, the electricity transmission system operator of France, is in charge of maintenance and repairs for over 100,000km of electricity power lines. When the company started to consider solutions to complement helicopters, it chose Delair to deliver the solution to map and digitize power line corridors: a fixed-wing drone equipped with Lidar. Data from Lidar sensors is now at the core of its vegetation encroachment detection process. Here, RTE UAV pilots share their experiences with aerial Lidar data acquisition technology. RTE manages power line inspection with Lidar drone to detect vegetation encroachment. Its mission is to direct the flow of... (read more)
2019-11-22 10:03:26

Terra Drone Launches UAV and AI-based Solution for Power Asset Inspection

Terra Drone Corporation, a leading provider of industrial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or' drone') solutions, has unveiled a new UAV and artificial intelligence-based solution set for the maintenance of power transmission and distribution equipment. The solution was developed on the basis of market gaps identified after the inspection of over 90,000km of power lines in BVLOS missions throughout the world. Acquired data is automatically processed and analysed by artificial intelligence algorithms which are trained to detect crossovers at the bottom of transmission lines, buildings and construction machinery. Error detection system The system identifies rust on bolts, loosening and missing tower... (read more)
2019-10-08 10:58:13

Japan’s Terra Drone Invests in Leading Oil & Gas Inspection and Mapping Company

Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, one of the world’s largest providers of industrial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') solutions, is expanding its global footprint in North America. Terra Done is partnering with US-based Ventus Geospatial, a leading provider of oil and gas inspection solutions and mapping services to form Terra Drone Ventus. Through its three North American branches (in Houston, Texas, and in Calgary and Lethbridge – both in Alberta, Canada), Terra Drone Ventus will provide inspection and survey solutions in sectors like oil and gas, power, renewables, mining and many more. The newly-formed Terra Drone Ventus will offer beyond... (read more)
2019-08-12 11:39:49

Wood Adopts Delair UX11 UAV for Large-scale Surveying

Delair, a leading supplier of UAV solutions, along with one of its regional resellers, Frontier Precision, has announced that Wood has adopted the Delair UX11 high-performance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') for its work in site planning and asset management in mining and quarry projects in the western USA. Wood – a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to the energy, industry and built-environment sectors – is initially deploying the drone to do high-accuracy, 3D topographic surveys and materials quantification for mineral mining in Idaho and Wyoming. It is the first fixed-wing UAV Wood... (read more)
2019-05-08 11:14:57

Brazil Approves senseFly Drones for BVLOS Operations

senseFly, a provider of fixed-wing drone solutions – in collaboration with drone engineering and consulting specialists AL Drones and geo-technology company Santiago & Cintra – has announced that the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) has approved beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights to be carried out in Brazil for the first time in the country’s history, using senseFly’s proprietary drone technology. ANAC’s decision means that the senseFly eBee Classic, eBee Classic RTK, eBee Plus and eBee SQ are now officially approved for use in future BVLOS missions carried out by Brazilian drone operators. As the first BVLOS approval ever... (read more)
2019-04-29 10:18:04

New INS/GNSS Solution to Increase Productivity of UAV-based Surveying

SBG Systems will present for the first time at AUVSI’s Xponential show in Chicago, USA, the Quanta UAV Series, a new line of inertial navigation systems (INS) dedicated to UAV-based surveying integrators. As SBG Systems aims to give UAV surveyors more autonomy for additional survey lines, the company has designed a small and low-power inertial navigation system offered on two levels of accuracy. Quanta UAV and Quanta UAV Extra have been developed for compact Lidar to high-end beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) mapping solutions. Both solutions provide precise orientation and centimeter level position data delivered both in real-time and post-processing. This direct geo-referencing solution eliminates... (read more)
2019-04-17 09:35:45

5G Promotes Prosperity of Low-airspace Economy

Faster and Cheaper Surveying and Monitoring
Based on an assessment of all the geomatics-related trade events in the world, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) service-provider sector is growing faster than any other. Companies in that sector are particularly interested in the evolution of 5G because it can boost their quality of service and innovation. In turn, the regulations will mandate the ability to transmit real-time hyper-local geodata between local authorities and drones used in urban areas. Low-airspace services must not only be very efficient, but also safe. 'GIM International' spoke to Aleksandar Aydemirski, 5G principal engineer and drone specialist at Huawei in Germany, to... (read more)
2019-04-09 01:56:43

UAV-based Mapping: Safety First

While it is positive news for our industry that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) is continuing to increase, the rise has brought with it a key question: how do we ensure that drone users are operating in a safe and law-abiding manner? In recent months, there have been a number of headlines about both illegal operations and the ensuing legislation. Although these news stories have been focused on consumer drone use, we must be mindful that the same issues apply to commercial activity, according to Jean-Thomas Célette – particularly within the geospatial sector as professionals such... (read more)
2019-04-03 11:40:57
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