Klau Geomatics Releases DJI Phantom4Pro for Surveying without Ground Control Points

Klau Geomatics, an Australian geospatial innovation company, has announced the KlauPPK enabled ‘DJI Phantom4Pro Surveyor’, a small drone for accurate surveying. This premium solution brings survey grade PPK direct geo-referencing accuracy to the less than 2kg UAV class, offering a capable, accessible entry point for surveyors to embrace UAV technology. Using the drone, surveyors can now achieve highly reliable, repeatable, absolute accuracy in their topographic mapping, surveying and inspection projects, while saving hours in the field and the office. Users typically achieve 3cm XYZ geolocation accuracy on the ground without placing traditional ground control points across the project area. Based... (read more)
2018-07-16 02:15:21

KlauPPK Usage Leads to Changes in GCP Regulations in Japan

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has rewritten its UAV capture specifications based on results using KlauPPK technology. The guideline for work-type management using aerial photogrammetry (earthwork), which outlines the procedures to be used to perform aerial surveys, has until now specified that surveyors must “set up ground control points every 100m”. When KlauPPK technology is deployed, the use of GCPs is now optional. The tests conducted by GeoLink Japan proved that +/-5cm XYZ accuracy can be achieved without GCPs, as verified with check points. This improves the work efficiency and productivity across sites in Japan including public... (read more)
2020-05-16 02:48:55

MakeItAccurate: A Revolutionary Global GNSS/INS Correction Service

Enterprise operations adopting geospatial technology require high accuracy in their digital twins to make them a viable alternative to the real world for measurement and inspection. The challenge is to achieve accuracy with one simple, repeatable, scalable workflow across global assets at massive scale. MakeItAccurate makes very high accuracy simple, accessible and reliable, anywhere. According to the developers, this is an industry game-changer.  The need for high accuracy positioning has traditionally been the realm of surveyors and engineers. It’s what makes geospatial data valuable. New technology, such as drones, are now bringing geospatial to a broader range of sectors such as insurance,... (read more)
2020-03-19 10:41:59

Delair Chooses Septentrio AsteRx-m2 for New Large-area Mapping UAV

GNSS receiver manufacturer Septentrio has been selected to supply its high-precision AsteRx-m2 GNSS OEM receiver module and PPK library for use with Delair’s UX11 – a lightweight, BVLOS-ready fixed-wing mapping UAV. The combination of on-board processing capabilities, real-time control and centimetre-level precision makes it a cost-effective solution for large-area surveying and mapping. By employing the latest high-spec photographic, sensor and communications elements, Delair has kept the weight of the UX11 including payload down to an impressive 1.4 kg (3.1 ). Among other design innovations, this allows the UX11 to cover 200 ha (500 acres) in a single one-hour flight, delivering... (read more)
2018-05-09 08:27:23

Microdrones Releases mdLiDAR3000 for Improved Lidar Imagery

Microdrones has announced the launch of mdLiDAR3000, its newest Lidar system that combines the heavy lifting power of the md4-3000 drone with a RIEGL Lidar and a Sony camera for rapidly producing 3D colourised point clouds. The UAS can carry more, fly longer and reach higher. Higher payload capacity makes it ideal for handling heavy Lidar sensors, advanced mapping-grade cameras and multiple sensors. In addition to this new flagship Lidar product, the Microdrones team has added new systems to round out its mdMapper lineup: the mdMapper1000PPK and mdMapper1000+. Each of the five mdMapper systems is outfitted to deliver turnkey aerial surveying, mapping and data collection,... (read more)
2018-10-04 10:41:56

UAV Maps New Zealand Beach to Create Detailed 3D Model

A landslide on Clifton Beach, New Zealand, earlier this year injured two Korean tourists when they were washed out to sea. Following this event, the beach was closed while Hastings District Council undertook a risk assessment. The Surveying Company was contracted to provide data collected by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') to assist the council in making public safety decisions regarding access to the Cape. To map the cliff faces they used a combination of RTK GPS and a PPK GPS unit mounted to their UAV. Initially the surveyors concentrated on assessing the main rockfall where the tourists... (read more)
2019-08-06 11:30:42

Cyril Halter Appointed as New COO at Wingtra

Wingtra, a Swiss manufacturer of professional vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones, has appointed Cyril Halter as its new COO. Halter will be taking over Wingtra's operations with a focus on the industrialisation and ramp-up of production to enable forecasted triple-digit growth over the coming years. Cyril Halter, who is known in the geospatial industry as the co-founder and former COO of senseFly, commented on his new position that Wingtra inspired him with its technologically outstanding VTOL system and the passionate team behind the company's wheel. He stated he has followed their work for a long time and believe that Wingtra has a... (read more)
2018-04-24 01:59:28

Taking Full Advantage of the Benefits of UAS Technology

Leveraging UAS technology across surveying and engineering sectors is demanding. Meeting the expectations of accuracy and accountability requires the best in expertise, methodology and equipment. The latest unmanned aerial system (UAS) photogrammetric hardware and software now enables surveyors to capture millions of survey measurements on the ground, where they would previously have measured only hundreds. It is essential to have the best-quality equipment, software and workflows to ensure this data is accurate, robust and defensible for professional use. Geosyntec is a leading consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address new ventures and complex... (read more)
2019-06-25 10:58:53

Fulfilling the Land Surveyor’s Wants and Needs

Marlyn: the Go-anywhere Mapping Solution Made by Surveyors, for Surveyors
Geospatial information gathered by unmanned aerial vehicles/systems (UAVs/UASs or ‘drones’) is now the driver for business success across many industries and applications. To develop the right tool for this data collection, Atmos UAV had a different approach compared to other commercial drone manufacturers. Rather than focusing just on the product itself, the team was mostly interested in the product fit. After conducting more than 500 interviews with end users, company owners and project managers during the last six years, the company developed Marlyn, a mapping and land surveying solution that meets the industry’s wants and needs.    The necessity of... (read more)
2018-10-03 03:34:18

Precise UAV Camera Positioning for 3D Mapping

Photogrammetric mapping is the new 'hot topic', although the concept has been around since Leonardo da Vinci's time and it has been in use in practice for over a century. Drone technology has now consumerised photogrammetry, introducing data acquisition and 3D model processing to thousands. From a surveying standpoint, accuracy is key. To build 3D models in a known spatial frame of reference requires some form of control, either on the ground, in the air or a combination of both, which is where ground control points (GCPs) come in. GCPs provide a solid tie to a real coordinate system with known coordinates... (read more)
2016-09-13 01:18:19
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