UAS for Photogrammetric Aerial Mapping

Trimble (USA) has introduced its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS): the Trimble UX5 aerial imaging rover with the Trimble Access aerial imaging application. The solution builds upon its predecessor, the Trimble Gatewing X100. Combined with the Trimble Business Center photogrammetry office software module, the Trimble UX5 has been developed to offer a complete UAS photogrammetric mapping solution for surveyors and geospatial professionals, aimed specifically at large projects. A variety of traditional surveying applications such as topographic surveying, site & route planning, progress monitoring, volume calculations, disaster analysis and as-builts in industries such as surveying, oil & gas, mining, environmental services, and... (read more)
2013-06-18 10:03:37

Irish Survey Company Acquires Falcon 8 UAS

A Topcon Falcon 8 UAS, powered by Ascending Technologies, has been purchased by Murphy Surveys. The Falcon 8 is an octocopter that is being used across many industries, from surveying to oil and gas. It has the efficiency of a fixed-wing system but the versatility of a rotary system. The global consulting surveyors have been working with fixed-wing UASs for years, yet the VTOL’s efficiency turned out to be more flexible and profitable in many surveying areas. MurphyUAV, a division of Murphy Surveys, received a special delivery in the form of the Falcon 8 from Topcon Ireland, making Murphy Surveys the... (read more)
2016-04-26 11:35:59

Aibotix UAS Inspects Germany’s Second-longest Bridge

The Aibot X6, developed by Aibotix in Kassel, Germany, and designed to carry out inspections or operations too dangerous for humans to carry out, can reach places that conventional devices cannot. This hexacopter was developed to meet the highest standards for industrial inspections and measurements and it has many applications, ranging from power lines, wind turbines and photovoltaic plants to bridges and pipeline inspections. The Aibot can record possible damage precisely and it will save pictures, positions and other flight data including georeferential data. The material received can then be accurately analysed. Unique Features The Aibot X6 was recently able... (read more)
2013-11-18 09:31:24

UAS Captures Aerial Video in Canterbury Cathedral

For the first time in the history of the famous Cathedral of Canterbury, England, permission was given to operate a remote flying camera inside and through the Cathedral. The EagleCam was manoeuvred to 400ft over the cathedral and inside hovering close to precious ceilings and stained glass windows to capture architectural detail and original viewpoints of the ancient monument. Eagle Video Productions combined the footage with a brief historical overview to create a video to encourage tourists to visit Canterbury Cathedral and the surrounding area. The company is trusted to video ancient monuments, schools, hotels and sporting events to provide... (read more)
2013-05-29 10:42:19

UAS Provide Humanitarian Aid in Haiti

UAS from senseFly, Switzerland, have accomplished their second mission in Haiti to map areas around Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien, including areas that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. After a first successful mission with the UNITAR using senseFly’s swinglet CAM, the IOM recently teamed up with Drone Adventures for a mission using senseFly’s latest drone, the eBee. Over 45 square kilometres were covered in under a week. 3D maps were created to identify dangerous river beds in order to plan infrastructures and protect dense urban encampments from flooding.  On top of this several shantytowns were mapped to help... (read more)
2013-05-31 09:20:29

eBee Canada’s First Compliant Fixed-Wing UAS

Swiss UAS manufacturer, senseFly, sees its eBee as the first fixed-wing system to be designated a ‘compliant small UAV’ by Transport Canada—a distinction that moves organisations  using this drone a critical step closer to achieving Compliant Operator status. Canadian companies that employ drones for civilian applications must hold a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), unless qualifying for an exemption. An SFOC typically features an approved term of just one year and applies to a specific region. Benefits Holding an SFOC when an organisation has been granted Compliant Operator status brings several additional benefits: Greater geographical flexibility (including Canada-wide) A longer... (read more)
2015-07-22 12:23:26

Solución conjunta UAS Lidar para múltiples aplicaciones

En la sala de exhibición en el reciente foro “LiDAR Mapping International Forum(ILMF)” en Denver, Colorado, EE.UU., Juniper Unmanned, Pulse Aerospace y YellowScan colaboraron para mostrar las capacidades de adquisición de datos Lidar de un sistema aéreo no tripulado (UAS). Esta colaboración destaca la capacidad de Juniper para diseñar soluciones UAS con propuestas de hardware desde Pulse y YellowScan. Como resultado, la co-localización de los stands en la exhibición fueron visitados por los asistentes a la conferencia que estaban interesados en aprender más sobre esta solución técnica. Actuando como el desarrollador de soluciones, Juniper facilitó la integración de sensores Mapper... (read more)
2016-06-06 10:16:23

New Showcase for UAS Exhibitors during Intergeo

Intergeo's integrated ‘interaerial SOLUTIONS’ platform is a response to the rapid development in data acquisition, analysis and applications for unmanned flight systems. The recently agreed partnership with the German-speaking Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle Association (UAV DACH) underlines the commitment of Intergeo, the world’s largest industry platform, to remaining the leading trade fair for UAS manufacturers and service providers in the German-speaking region and to further developing its international profile.   Intergeo was the largest UAS trade fair in the German-speaking region in 2014, with around 70 manufacturers of UAS and service providers offering UAS-based applications. Clear Positioning Intergeo is building on this... (read more)
2015-04-29 10:12:16

UAS as a Tool for Surveyors

From Tripods and Trucks to Virtual Surveying
Since 2011, the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) as complementary surveying devices has mushroomed. With resolutions as high as 1cm, the resulting imagery enables the highly automated production of detailed elevation data, orthophotos and 3D virtual landscapes. However, the gains in efficiency during data acquisition are accompanied by data management challenges and processing efforts which surveyors often underestimate. Here, the authors demonstrate how surveyors can make UAS technology economically feasible by balancing massive data volumes without compromising the quality of feature extraction. GCPs (red) and check points (yellow) distributed over a quarry. The field surveyor intelligently selects lines and... (read more)
2013-04-04 11:43:23

The Rapid Rise of UAS in Geomatics

GIM International Interviews Peter Cosyn
Peter Cosyn co-founded Gatewing in 2012. The start-up company’s X100 fixed-wing UAS soon attracted interest from Trimble, which acquired the company in 2012. In this interview with GIM International, Peter provides insights into the company’s evolution and shares his thoughts on the future. Gatewing was founded as a spin-off from your PhD research at Ghent University. How did you experience the transition from a scientific environment to running a company?My PhD research involved micro air vehicle development and optimisation. Such vehicles are only about the size of a big smartphone, so the research did not have much in common with... (read more)
2014-09-01 11:37:08
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