Bridging the Gap between Aerial Imaging and Terrestrial Data Capture

The Challenges of Drone Use in Facade Mapping
There have been rapid advancements in unmanned aerial systems over recent years, yet there is widespread consensus that we have still only seen a fraction of how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) could ultimately improve efficiency for geospatial professionals and their customers. To get a glimpse of the future, 'GIM International' spoke to Mark Nicolai, co-founder of industry start-up Aeroscan. Here, he shares his vision of how drones could form the missing link between aerial imaging and terrestrial data capture. According to independent research by the likes of PwC and Goldman Sachs, the construction industry tops the list in... (read more)
2019-03-20 10:24:53

PCL Construction and 3DR Sign Multiyear Drone Software Agreement

PCL has entered into a three-year corporate licensing agreement with 3DR to make their Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drone) software, Site Scan, available for unlimited use on all PCL projects, worldwide. PCL Construction started working with 3DR in 2016 to leverage drone technology for site documentation, quality control, progress reporting, and more. 3DR’s platform, Site Scan, includes an iPad app for drone flight planning and a web application for turning drone photos into precise maps as well as 3D models of construction sites. It also allows project teams to share updates with owners and project stakeholders. It’s been used on more... (read more)
2019-07-18 09:45:14

How Can Establishing a UAV Fleet Help Your Business Take off?

Best Practices in Drone Mapping
Read this interview with five pioneers in the field for insights into the best ways to introduce drones into your business model. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones') are increasingly becoming the solution of choice and have indeed proven to be a disruptive force across a multitude of industries in the past decade, including for the geospatial surveying profession. But will drones really provide all the answers to your mapping challenges? We interviewed five pioneers in the field to take us beyond the hype, explaining the lessons they have learned from the frontline and sharing their insights on the best... (read more)
2019-09-05 09:59:05

Microdrones Enters the Third Dimension with New Mapping and Drone Lidar Surveying Equipment

Microdrones has used the recent months to launch the Microdrones as a Service (mdaaS) business model as well as next-generation system features. The company now aims to continue innovating and delivering new technology, and is introducing four new survey equipment systems. “Customers have been looking for ways to acquire 3D and oblique imagery data, and we wanted to offer fully integrated systems, software, workflow, maintenance and support for these applications,” explained Vivien Heriard-Dubreuil, Microdrones CEO. “In addition, we are proud to present a new survey-grade Lidar system that can capture data from greater flight altitudes, or extremely detailed data from lower altitudes.”... (read more)
2020-07-28 01:09:04

UAVs: Where to Focus on Next?

New Technologies Require New Knowledge and Regulations
In June 2018, RSPSoc's 'Photogrammetric Record' publication devoted 11 pages to determining which term they would use for drones. They ultimately decided on ‘unmanned aircraft system’ or ‘UAS’. However, the mere fact that this required 11 pages goes some way towards highlighting the complexity and cross-discipline potential that drones bring, not only to the remote sensing industry but also for multiple other uses, writes Peter Kinghan. Over the past decade we have seen a number of drone uses come through the tried-and-tested period, resulting in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) becoming a proven technology for a range of industries and professions,... (read more)
2020-02-10 08:38:39

Scotland’s Edinburgh Napier University to Establish Trimble Technology Lab for AEC

Scotland’s Edinburgh Napier University has received a gift from Trimble to establish a state-of-the-art Technology Lab for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). The lab will expand the university’s leadership in training and research in 3D building design, digital fabrication and the sustainable built environment. Trimble’s broad portfolio of building construction solutions supports the Constructible Process, Trimble’s innovative approach for enabling digital transformation of AEC workflows. This process aims to empower disparate teams across the construction lifecycle with actionable data to improve productivity and reduce waste. The Trimble Technology Lab will provide students enrolled in Edinburgh Napier’s School of Engineering &... (read more)
2019-12-11 09:09:24

UAS Mapping – Where Is It Heading?

The use of a UAS to acquire geodata for mapping purposes has evolved beyond infancy and is now rapidly maturing. How will it evolve in the foreseeable future? The use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) – cameras and Lidar sensors mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) – to acquire geodata for mapping purposes has evolved beyond infancy and is now rapidly maturing. How will UAS mapping evolve in the foreseeable future? To envisage where exactly UAS technology is heading, it is appropriate to start with the big picture before examining the details. So what is the... (read more)
2020-05-13 04:05:36

5 Ways a Drone Can Benefit Your Construction Company

The presence of drones for aerial mapping on construction sites is steadily growing. This is mostly due to the benefits of drones and how they help ensure construction projects go according to plan. Traditional construction site mapping methods are steeped in guesswork and uncertainty. Making the right decisions during a construction project is vital to its success – aerial mapping can help you make the best decision based on up-to-date and accurate data. Here are the five ways your construction company can use drone mapping to optimize construction projects and make the right decisions. Up-to-date aerial data As your construction... (read more)
2019-12-17 08:59:45

3D Modelling for Construction

When it comes to 3D modelling for construction, what are the advantages and disadvantages of photogrammetry versus Lidar in terms of accuracy, complexity and cost? Breaking away from laser measurement in construction is a taboo subject, perhaps hampering the use of photogrammetry. In construction, aerial survey has enormous time-saving benefits for measuring groundwork areas. Data can be used for asset classification, construction validation as well as health and safety. In particular, regular scans provide a time series of work in progress to detect new issues, managing risk rather than responding to it. This article looks at the state of the... (read more)
2019-10-15 03:28:52

Using Drones in Construction for Aerial Inspection, Photogrammetry or Lidar

Drones are creating new workflows, processes and applications in construction design, surveying and mapping, and many see them as the future of the construction industry. Rick Rayhel, Microdrones' sales manager for United States' Western Region, is one of those people; he's seen first hand how drones can enhance the construction business. In the U.S., drones have only been used to aid construction in the last couple of years. On the precipice of drone potential, Rayhel said, “There’s never a lack of ideas or interest on what can be done with drones.” Perhaps the biggest advantage of drones in construction, though,... (read more)
2019-10-22 08:49:04
Search Filter