by on January 8, 2019
During a recent demo, an autonomous drone was deployed to map tunnels as small as 3×3 meters, yielding accurate 3D renderings without sending miners into a potentially unsafe environment. Japanese UAV company Terra Drone’s South African division, which provides UAS solutions to mining, oil and gas sectors, is partnering with a mining company to get a better look at sites from above. Sibanye-Stillwater is the largest producer of gold in South Africa as well as one of the 10 largest in the worl...
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by on December 13, 2018
Drones are getting popular in engineering applications. Is their popularity worth a shot in aerial surveying and mapping? In aerial surveying, traditional methods of obtaining actionable information require a huge number of surveying workforce. The process is time-consuming and often difficult to manage. Drones, on the other hand, offer huge content without risking the health and safety of the workforce. UAVs are changing the face of professional surveying. They offer a huge help by obtain...
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by on December 5, 2018
Collision avoidance, data visualization, and real-time navigation support have made LiDAR critical to vehicle autonomy. The International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2019 program features several innovators driving adoption of this technology in autonomous vehicles. The organizers of ILMF, a leading technical conference and expo that showcases the latest airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR and emerging remote sensing and data collection tools and technologies, has announced its lineup o...
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by on November 23, 2018
The construction industry is changing rapidly and to cater to the booming demand and increased expectations, the role of technology would increase at every level of construction. It is expected that in the next 10 years, the use of drones in construction will register a manifold growth and for futuristic buildings, drones will play a leading role. Drones would lower the costs of projects, increase productivity and enhance data sets through improvements in photographic visualization. Improveme...
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by on November 21, 2018
Gone are those days when heavy LIDAR sensors had to be carried on an aircraft. With the new compact lightweight devices that could be easily mounted on UAVs along with advanced photogrammetry software, image processing has become faster and better. Valuable data obtained from these images can then be used by various governments, organizations and business for effective decision making. Of late the LiDAR sensors have also integrated optical altimeter technology that helps to determine more acc...
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by on November 12, 2018
Just like many other industries, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones have recently become a popular platform for photogrammetric data acquisition. This is mostly because they are flexible and affordable when compared to manned aerial platforms. Another important aspect of the efficacy of using UAV imagery is the centimetre-level accuracy using a small number of high-accuracy ground control points (GCPs) which have been traditionally required for the indirect determination of absolute im...
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by on November 6, 2018
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 5, 2018—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today eCognition® version 9.4 featuring updates to eCognition Developer and the eCognition Oil Palm Application. Trimble’s eCognition is a software platform for advanced geospatial image analysis for environmental, agriculture, forestry and infrastructure applications.The software extracts accurate geo-information from remote sensing data. eCognition’s intelligent information extraction capabilities accelerate mapping, change detection and...
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by on November 5, 2018
PrecisionHawk will announce its fifth acquisition in the last nine months. Starting with Droners.io and Airvid in February, then InspecTools and HAZON Inc. in September, and now one of the nation’s largest engineering and construction firms, PrecisionHawk is ultimately betting that its long-term success depends on how well it builds industry expertise and rides up the consolidation curve. PrecisionHawk is a commercial drone and data company. Founded in 2010, PrecisionHawk is headquartered in ...
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by on October 31, 2018
Skycatch has announced an on-premise data processing and GNSS base station, the Skycatch Edge1, manufactured in partnership with DJ I and now available worldwide. Tested and optimized for the Skycatch Explore1 and DJI Phantom 4 RTK drones, the self-positioning Edge1 allows commercial drone users the ability to process and receive data without the need for internet or cellular connectivity. Field teams can fly their drone, process the data, and receive centimeter-level data outputs in 30 mi...
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by on October 22, 2018
Most people know that dolphins use echolocation to find things in their environment. The clicking noises they emit bounce off objects under the water and travel back to the smart mammal. This helps them measure size and distance between them and far away objects. But echolocation is not limited to dolphins. This brilliant use of sound as a directional tool can be used by many species and has even been developed as a new form of radar called “Lidar”. What Is Echolocation? The idea of ech...
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by on October 18, 2018
FLIR Systems has announced the DroneSense–FLIR Edition, a drone flight management software platform designed for public safety applications. FLIR announced a strategic investment in DroneSense, an Austin, Texas-based unmanned aircraft system (UAS) software platform maker, in April 2018 and this is the first product under that collaboration. DroneSense-FLIR Edition is the only software platform to combine thermal and visual imaging processing with flight data planning and management capabilities ...
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by on September 26, 2018
The picture may seem like a Photoshop joke, but it’s very real. In fact, companies like Belgian firm Think 3D have been mounting FARO Focus lidar scanners on STORMBEE UAVs for at least a year and change (see video below). Now, FARO and STORMBEE are making the setup official and announcing it to the wider market as a “breakthrough wide-area 3D scanning solution.” The integrated solution includes one of FARO’s focus laser scanners, and STORMBEE’s S series UAV and BEEFLEX processing software. In...
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