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UAS for Mapping and 3D Modelling

An Unmanned Aerial System for Mapping and 3D Modelling is available as one of two platforms; aircraft and copter. Both of which have advantages and disadvantages. An Aircraft will have a longer flight time and larger coverage area, but it requires more space to take-off and land. This makes Aircrafts ideal for larger scale Mapping and 3D Modelling projects. Aircraft will conventionally be able to carry a larger payload than Copters. A Copter is able to lift off and land horizontally and is often used for small-scale Mapping of 3D Modelling projects.

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TOPODRONE LiDAR AVIA 200 Lite
LiDAR 200 LITE + DJI Matrice 300 RTK

TOPODRONE

Enterprise ready-to-fly solution with TOPODRONE Lidar 200 LITE kit based on DJI Matrice 300, Velodyne Puck sensor, high-precision IMU and L1/L2 GNSS receiver.

BathyCopter
BathyCopter

RIEGL

The robust and reliable platform design of RIEGL's remotely piloted RiCOPTER now integrates the new RIEGL BDF-1, a compact and lightweight bathymetric depth finder c

TOPODRONE LiDAR 100 HDL + DJI Matrice 300 RTK
LiDAR 100 HDL + DJI Matrice 300 RTK

TOPODRONE

Enterprise ready-to-fly solution with TOPODRONE LIDAR 100 HDL kit based on DJI Matrice 300, Velodyne HDL sensor, high-precision IMU and L1/L2 GNSS receiver.

eBee X is the fixed-wing drone for all your mapping needs. Designed to boost the quality, efficiency and safety of your data collection, it has a camera to suit every job, the accuracy and coverage to meet every project’s requirements, and can work virtually every type of site.
eBee X

senseFly

The eBee X is the fixed-wing drone for all your mapping needs. It suits every job thanks to its range of groundbreaking cameras. These include the new senseFly S.O.D

PHANTOM 4 RTK
PHANTOM 4 RTK

DJI ENTERPRISE

DJI has rethought its drone technology from the ground up, revolutionizing its systems to achieve a new standard for drone accuracy, offering Phantom 4 RTK customers

Astero the new groundbreaking fixed-wing drone with high durability and extraordinary long flight time.
Astero

Nordic Wing

Astero is a fixed-wing drone that offers large-area surveys, with up to 3,5 hours flight time. With an extraordinary durability Astero can withstand approx. 50G impa

RiCOPTER with VUX-SYS
RiCOPTER with VUX-SYS

RIEGL

The RiCOPTER is a high-performance unmanned multi-rotor aircraft equipped with RIEGL’s VUX-SYS sensor system to offer a fully integrated turnkey solution for profess

senseFly Adademy
Training Academy

senseFly

Get the knowledge and skills you need to become an eBee eXpert with our dedicated senseFly operator certification program. This program will give you the highest lev

Survey and map more for less
eBee Geo

senseFly

eBee Geo is an affordable fixed-wing mapping drone designed to meet the highest demands of surveyors, civil engineers and GIS professionals worldwide. Designed to co

Matrice 30 Front view
Matrice 30

DJI ENTERPRISE

Powerful Flight Performance.
A balance of power and portability delivers higher operational efficiency.
Environmental Adaptability.
Safe and Reliable.
Redundanci

Critical Factors When Selecting Unmanned Aerial Systems

An in-depth look at the buyers’ selection process for unmanned aerial systems (UAS)

Choosing the right Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) or drone for surveying, mapping and 3D modeling is not an easy task, because of the wide range of available options, different payloads, proprietary software and different platforms; hence this buyers’ guide

In the hydrography and geomatics industry, established manufacturers and suppliers have dominated the market for many years. This is not the case for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs), there is still plenty of movement and innovation in the market for drones for mapping and surveying. Many startups and established manufacturers, like Topcon, Riegl and DJI see great opportunities in many different applications, not making it easier to choose the right Unmanned Aerial System.

When buying a Unmanned Aerial System platform, all considerations should be based on the applications we aim to use it for. Close-up inspections or 3D modeling of buildings in the built environment require different equipment than generating large scale 3D models for mining, forestry or agriculture. Therefore, choosing the right platform is the first task. Generally speaking, we can choose from three different options: a copter, a fixed wing or a hybrid form; a fixed wing which can vertically take-off and land (VTOL). A fixed wing drone for land surveying is best used to cover large areas, while the multirotor is more applicable for close-up inspections, generating 3D data, BIM and volumetric measurements on smaller construction and excavation sites.

Next, there are two main categories of propulsion to choose from: electric or with a combustion engine. Combustion engines are generally used for their longer operation time, bigger flight range, and ability to lift heavier payloads, while electric systems are generally cheaper and require less maintenance. Also the desired payload is a determining factor in choosing the right propulsion, a heavier payload will significantly decrease the operating time, therefore a heavy payload could require a more powerful platform.

There is a wide range of different payloads available, and the number of available technologies that can be mounted under a UAV have increased fastly over the past decade. The most common payload is a camera, which is, depending on their use case, equipped with a gimbal or can be mounted under the UAV. For an overview of cameras for UAVs, click here. Also, LiDAR sensors for hydrographic surveying, forestry and mining that can be mounted under an unmanned system have become more widely available, and can be found here.

Ground penetrating radar to detect pipes and cables can be found here. Use gamma spectrometers to use a UAS for nuclear and chemical research

The use of intelligent flight planning software can significantly ease the use of a UAS in surveying. The levels of automation vary from automated mission planning and automatic geotagging aerial imagery, to importing height models of your surroundings to customize your map and flight plan. Flight planning software can be found here.

 

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