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

SimActive Used to Validate Accuracy of DJI Phantom 4 RTK

SimActive, a Canadian deveoper of photogrammetry software, has announced that Correlator3D is being used in Japan for mapping projects acquired by the DJI Phantom 4 RTK. A full-scale validation was done in the mountains near Hiroshima with a unit flown by SimActive's Japanese partner Mirukuru and customer Ace-1. “Considering that the data was acquired and processed directly in the field in record time, the level of detail that is visible and measurable in Correlator3D is stunning,” said Mr Shinji Inaba, technical manager at Mirukuru.“We had independently set up five checkpoints and the residuals are consistently in the 5cm range, both... (read more)
2019-08-07 10:21:49

New Usage-based Service Plans for Trimble Catalyst Enable Precise Positioning on Demand

Trimble has announced that its Trimble Catalyst software-defined GNSS receiver for Android phones and tablets is now available with a usage-based service plan: Trimble Catalyst On Demand. The new service plan is focused on satisfying the requirements of a growing number of industries and organizations who recognize the benefits of using high-accuracy GNSS technology in the field, but need a more flexible payment model. Trimble Catalyst On Demand provides scalable access to RTK-quality GNSS positioning using an affordable pay-per-use hourly pricing model in addition to the current Catalyst monthly plans. The new service also enables automated domain-level email address access,... (read more)
2019-07-10 11:43:40

Tackling the Challenges of Road Construction

As new technologies emerge with the promise to increase productivity and efficiency, costing is one of the most important criteria in a project life cycle. Construction companies are seeking more effective and cost-efficient methods to complete their work as accurately as possible. (This story is brought to you by Satlab Geosolutions; Click here to download this case study) Based in Korat, Thailand, Khunnon Construction, a subsidiary of S.P.T Construction, focuses on superhighways, road and bridge constructions. These projects require precise accuracy. With that in mind, Khunnon Construction purchased the Satlab Geosolutions SLC multi-purpose GNSS receiver after being appointed as the main... (read more)
2019-06-25 03:04:34

Septentrio Releases New High-precision GNSS Module

Septentrio has announced that the Mosaic development kit is available for testing and integration. Mosaic is Septentrio’s most compact next-generation, high-precision multi-frequency GPS/GNSS module. This receiver brings precision and reliability of high-end multi-frequency GNSS to mass-market applications. It is designed to fit into the assembly line process, which allows Mosaic to be favourably priced for high volumes. Its light weight and low power consumption helps extend battery life of robotic devices, increasing operation time and efficiency. This makes Mosaic ideal for applications such as robotics, automation, telematics and wearables. “We see a growing demand for reliable high-precision positioning,” said Chris Lowet,... (read more)
2019-06-20 09:15:19

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

SimActive Software Used with eBee X for Shoreline Mapping

SimActive, a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, has announced that Correlator3D is being used for mapping projects in Brittany, France, by Altimedias. An eBee X equipped with a senseFly S.O.D.A. 3D camera is flown along the shoreline to produce high-resolution true orthomosaics and 3D models. “The quality of outputs from Correlator3D is exceptional and the mosaic renders the vivid colours of the Pink Granite Coast,” said Didier Wasselin, COO at Altimedias. “Such results are very useful for heritage conservation and decision-making by local authorities.” “The combination of SimActive software and senseFly eBee Plus X is an ideal combination, due to... (read more)
2019-04-16 11:51:44

Infrastructure Group Benefits from Drone Technology in Smart Motorways Project

The international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty is reaping the rewards of using drones on major construction projects, including work on a multi-million-pound 'Smart Motorway' upgrade in the Midlands region of the UK with support from UAV specialist Heliguy. The group is utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones'), including the recently released DJI Phantom 4 RTK, to enhance safety, increase efficiency, gather data faster, improve asset productivity and gain high-accuracy results. The UAVs are being used for quicker stockpile measurements, informative aerial progress reports and accessing hard-to-reach areas. Balfour Beatty has turned to drone expert Heliguy as its preferred supplier,... (read more)
2019-04-09 10:39:43

CHC Navigation Opens North American Headquarters in Arizona

The Shanghai-based GNSS technology and solutions company called Shanghai Huace Navigation Technology (CHC Navigation) has announced the establishment of its new North American subsidiary, CHC Navigation USA Corporation (CHC USA) and the opening of the headquarters of its North American operations in Scottsdale, Arizona. “On the heels of strong CHC Navigation growth in the US in 2018, the time was right to establish a domestic US sales and service office and warehouse with a local team of positioning industry professionals,” states George Zhao, CEO of CHC Navigation. CHC Navigation was established in 2003 and was ranked as one of China’s... (read more)
2019-04-09 09:18:23
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