DEME Partners with Airobot for UAV Monitoring

DEME, a leading Belgian dredging, hydraulic engineering and environmental solutions group, provides solutions for global challenges such as overpopulation in coastal areas, increasing seaborne trade and the rising global demand for energy and strategic resources. The company is now teaming up with Airobot to use UAVs for digital terrain modelling. DEME is considering UAVs to improve the safety of their crews on the construction sites, said Lorentz Lievens, head of the survey department. To create digital terrain models, the land surveyors must work amongst continuously operating bulldozers, excavators and dumper trucks. On several sites it is not possible at all... (read more)
2017-06-26 10:44:03

New Partnership for UAV Research Centre

Delair-Tech and ISAE-SUPAERO (Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace) have announced their partnership for the formation of MIDLELAB, a joint research centre aimed at bringing together the best of both organisations to pioneer and implement new technologies like fuel cells and solar cells to enhance the endurance of small UAVs. The new laboratory will be partially funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR). Michael de Lagarde, CEO at Delair-Tech, said ISAE-SUPAERO is home to some of the great minds in aerospace and is an important training and testing ground for technological breakthroughs in all formats. There already... (read more)
2014-12-11 11:28:22

Plowman Craven Awarded Network Rail UAV Contract

Plowman Craven has been awarded a national framework agreement with the UK's Network Rail for the provision of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') services. The survey measurement and consultancy firm was one of just four companies to be awarded the contract, which covers the inspection and surveying of railway infrastructure throughout the UK as well as overhead line equipment, structures, bridges and embankments. The award also includes condition inspections following adverse weather or incidents. David Norris, technical director at Plowman Craven, said: "We’re very proud to have been awarded a place on the framework – it’s great recognition of... (read more)
2019-06-11 09:58:40

UAV Spectral Image Mapping of Shoreline Vegetation

Identification Based on Visible Spectral Bands
Rapid identification of a clear water surface, shoreline and vegetation can serve as a means of water-level monitoring and as an important indicator of changes. In cases when a high level of detail or on-demand data collection is required, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) can provide a good service. It is important to think about the costs of the UAV and the connected sensors as well. Multispectral and thermal cameras are still very expensive in comparison to visible cameras. This article shows how a commercially available middle-class drone (DJI Phantom 3 with built-in camera), which collects data only in... (read more)
2018-07-04 10:08:27

UAV Photogrammetric Mapping System Showcased in Seoul

DroneMetrex recently demonstrated its UAV photogrammetric mapping system TopoDrone-100 to international visitors at the Smart Geospatial Expo, an international event featuring the newest and most advanced trends in the global spatial information industry. The Expo was held at COEX, Seoul, South Korea, from 25-27 August 2014, and was hosted by the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. DroneMetrex arranged a series of presentations and mapping demo flights to showcase the benefits and  features of the TopoDrone-100, including its accuracy - 10mm horizontal and better than 25mm in height. The TopoDrone-100 performed two mapping demo flights; one over a University... (read more)
2014-08-29 10:56:24

UAV Operator's Certificate Issued to Land Surveys

Land Surveys, Australia, is now a fully certified Australian Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) operator. UAV Operator’s Certificate 1-URV83-01 was issued by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). This award of the UAV OC marks a significant milestone in the commercialisation of Land Surveys' UAV surveying activities and recognises that the systems and processes the company has established are in accordance with legislation and guidelines set down by CASA. UAV operators in Australia must be certified by CASA to engage in commercial activities, and Land Surveys is one of the first surveying companies to achieve this. UAV mapping complements the... (read more)
2013-02-08 10:19:02

HYPACK Enters UAV Data Collection Era

HYPACK, USA, has partnered with Infinite Jib, Velodyne and SBG to provide a mapping solution that represents a next evolution in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market: NEXUS 800 UAV. This solution, powered by HYPACK, represents a full end-to-end solution, seamlessly harmonising Lidar data with photogrammetry. The NEXUS 800 is a turnkey system that integrates hardware and software to provide an advanced and seamless solution for Lidar survey planning, data acquisition, post processing and analysis and product creation. Powered by the HYPACK-HYSWEEP mapping software, the operator can plan, acquire, and process the Lidar and Photogrammetry data onboard a high powered Windows... (read more)
2016-10-25 08:51:57

Leading Civil UAV Pioneers Join Forces

Two pioneers of ultralight drones for civil use, senseFly (Switzerland) and Parrot (France), have joined forces to further develop their respective markets. Parrot has sold over 300,000 of its AR.drone quadcopters to the consumer market since its release in 2010, while the Swiss start-up senseFly has seen fast, global growth in demand for its fixed-wing drones for the mapping and GIS market. senseFly already masters all the key technologies of its mapping solution: autopilot design, control & monitoring software, and hardware integration. Today, its complete solution includes the swinglet CAM: ultralight flying drone equipped with a high-resolution camera and senseFly’s... (read more)
2012-07-27 04:13:02

UAV Technology and Trends at Intergeo

UAVs are playing an increasing role in the surveying industry thanks to their ever-improving sensors and their ever-lighter weight, allowing them to remain in the air for longer. They can complete surveying and inspection tasks that would otherwise be difficult to tackle and do so with cost-efficiency. UAV trends and technology will be amongst the focal points at the Intergeo conference in Berlin, Germany, on 7 October 2014. Jan Denzel is a research assistant at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute of Aircraft Design (IFB). He is part of the UAV research group that developed a fully electric helicopter UAV some... (read more)
2014-08-27 08:30:00

GerMAP Launches New Aerial Mapping UAV

G170-V, a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), is the latest UAV German-based GerMAP has added to the remote sensing and aerial mapping market. G170-V ideally combines the easiness of manual or automatic vertical take-off and landing procedures of multicopters with the area coverage efficiency of aeroplanes. With its 20MP RGB-camera the G170-V covers areas up to 25ha in about 20 minutes maintaining close to 3cm ground sampling distance (GSD) from 100m above ground level (AGL) and delivering autopilot-triggered, location-based aerial imagery with 80% along track and 70% across track image overlaps. G170-V's flight control automatically... (read more)
2016-12-12 09:30:15
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