Terra Drone Invests in Dutch UAV Solution Provider Skytools

Terra Drone has announced an investment in Dutch drone solution provider Skytools, to offer corporate and government clients advanced drone solutions. The companies will together establish a drone hub in Rotterdam consisting of training facilities and research and development centres. Skytools is a leading Dutch UAV company that provides advanced drone solutions to corporate and governmental clients. The company supplies a wide range of professional drone equipment together with registration, training and maintenance, and has 12 years of experience in the drone industry. Skytools supports clients to grow drone-based solutions within their organization. BVLOS and 5G Skytools is working together... (read more)
2020-08-11 01:37:12

Q&A: The Quickly Evolving UAS Mapping Market

GIM International meets with senseFly CEO Gilles Labossière
Drones have become a standard tool for mapping and surveying. Read what Gilles Labossière, CEO of senseFly, has to say about the market trends, technical developments and challenges affecting geospatial professionals. Even in turbulent times, the outlook for the unmanned aerial system (UAS) mapping market is full of promises. Now that the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') market has reached its maturity, education and training will be key to ensuring more widespread adoption and optimized drone usage. Here, senseFly’s CEO Gilles Labossière shares his views on the latest trends in the market, new technical developments and further changes and challenges geospatial... (read more)
2020-08-05 10:03:32

Ask the Specialist: Optimizing BVLOS

What will be the impact of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) on the application of drones in the geospatial surveying profession? At 'GIM International', we received this question from one of our readers and forwarded it to Pierre-Alain Marchand, who is employed as R&D regulatory compliance manager at senseFly. The Switzerland-based company is the manufacturer of the renowned eBee and eBee X, UAVs that are commonly used by geospatial surveyors. BVLOS operations have progressed in leaps and bounds in recent years, thanks to ongoing trials, demos and data collection that have been key in facilitating progress. As an industry, we’re constantly... (read more)
2020-04-01 04:01:52

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
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