Drones, Dual Frequency GNSS, SfM and Property Surveys

Drones, Dual Frequency GNSS, SfM and Property Surveys

In April of 2017, Walter Volkmann (President – Micro Aerial Projects L.L.C.) gave a presentation at Harvard University for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Center for Geographic Analysis on the use of Dual Frequency GNSS and the Structure from Motion (SfM) technique. As a seasoned land-surveyor, Walter has worked around the globe on various mapping projects for private companies and well as government agencies. With a passion for supporting affordable property registration, Walter shares some of the A-Z of the use of drones and structure from motion software for property surveys. Drones and…

National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) of the Republic of the Philippines certifies and registers V-Map receivers as suitable for “first order geodetic control positioning”

National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) of the Republic of the Philippines certifies and registers V-Map receivers as suitable for “first order geodetic control positioning”

The National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) of the Republic of the Philippines has certified and registered V-Map receivers as suitable for “first order geodetic control positioning”. It is not with surprise, but with considerable pride that we share with you the news that the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) of the Republic of the Philippines has certified and registered our V-Map receivers as suitable for “first order geodetic control positioning”.   (Certificate of Registration and Calibration issued for V-Map receivers by the National Mapping and Resource…

V-MAP AERIAL MAPPING SYSTEM ON THE TUFFWING UAV MAPPER

V-MAP AERIAL MAPPING SYSTEM ON THE TUFFWING UAV MAPPER

  V-Map Aerial Mapping System on the TuffWing UAV Mapper In our continuing effort to improve on efficiency in Structure from Motion (SfM) mapping with small drones, we joined with Brian Christal of TuffWing to test the combination of the robust, no-nonsense UAV-Mapper with our dual frequency PPK GNSS V-Map System for a mapping technique without (or with reduced) need for ground control points. Because ground control point surveys are in most cases the most time consuming and costly aspect of SfM mapping, we are convinced that this solution will…

Small Drone Cadastral Surveys

Small Drone Cadastral Surveys

Small Drone Cadastral Surveys for Establishment of Property Rights (See mini-documentary below): In April 2016 Micro Aerial Projects L.L.C. participated in the “Technology for Property Rights”  project managed by Foundation for Economic Freedom and The Asia Foundation with support from the Omidyar Network. This project aims to introduce sustainable technology which can accelerate the generation of land titles. Currently an estimated number of eleven million citizens of the Philippines are waiting to have ownership of their land formalized. Our role in this project included demonstrating the technical feasibility of small drone technology and the Structure…

Making maps with Small Drones – 5 Steps

Making maps with Small Drones – 5 Steps

Until very recently the acquisition of aerial imagery was very expensive as it could only be done by manned aircraft or satellites equipped with special cameras or sensors. The high safety risks, operational complexity and acquisition and operational costs of these mapping techniques made them completely uneconomic for small projects such as mapping a single village or agricultural holding. Enter the small civilian drone.  Drones have significantly improved the speed and efficiency at which small areas can be safely and accurately mapped. As their prices continue to drop while their capabilities rise,…

Reporting Horizontal Errors in SfM Mapping

Fully appreciating the powerful role played by the Structure from Motion (SfM) technique in the mapping revolution, we understand that embedded in the fiber of an SfM produced map are some very important quality characteristics which, when not specifically disclosed and effectively displayed, will remain hidden to the user of the map. These characteristics can be understood as the quality DNA of the individual map. A responsible map maker should thus proactively determine and display this DNA for each of the maps he or she makes, thereby providing the individual…

DUAL FREQUENCY GNSS ON MULTICOPTERS – SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

DUAL FREQUENCY GNSS ON MULTICOPTERS – SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

THE HISTORY OF DUAL FREQUENCY GNSS ON MULTICOPTERS – SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT V-Map mounted on a modified Steadidrone The light weight dual frequency on board GNSS system for sUAVs was first conceptualized in September 2011 when we were once again frustrated by proprietary VTOL UAS manufacturers whom we could not convince of the advantages of on board dual frequency GNSS in sUAS mapping applications. Hence we decided to take the development of this cost saving feature into our own hands and built a universal, affordable, hot-exchangeable, dual frequency GNSS V-Map…

Educating Future Surveyors

Educating Future Surveyors

Micro Aerial Projects L.L.C. and drone2GIS Inc., (a licensed mapping company based in Gainesville Florida) have partnered over the past few months to assist the University of Florida’s Geomatics department with their UAS Certificate program. This collaboration brings both real world UAS mapping operation experience and decades of Surveying and Mapping experience to help educate future surveyors and mappers on the use of small drones for mapping. To see some of what we have done, please click on the following link: http://drone2gis.com/promoting-small-drone-mapping/ If you have not done so yet, please visit www.drone2GIS.com and subscribe…

Micro Aerial Projects third World Bank Conference

Micro Aerial Projects third World Bank Conference

Micro Aerial Projects third World Bank Conference Three years ago (2013), Micro Aerial Projects L.L.C. first attended the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty giving a paper with Dr. Grenville Barnes of the University of Florida and Kevin Barthel of the Land Alliance titled “Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to democratize spatial data production: Towards Spatially Enabling Land Administration”. After this presentation, Micro Aerial Projects L.L.C. was contracted by the World Bank for our expertise in the use of UAS and in Land Surveying to test the usefulness and effectiveness…

MICRO AERIAL PROJECTS LLC AT WORLD BANK CONFERENCE INNOVATION FAIR

MICRO AERIAL PROJECTS LLC AT WORLD BANK CONFERENCE INNOVATION FAIR

MICRO AERIAL PROJECTS LLC AT WORLD BANK CONFERENCE INNOVATION FAIR We are pleased to be exhibiting at the Innovation Fair of the annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty on Thursday, March 26 in Washington DC. Our highly automated and affordable, products and services provide an opportunity to build local small enterprise capacities in aerial image acquisition and geo-spatial data production, thus improving citizen engagement in the production of fit for purpose geo-spatial data. Our unmanned aerial systems and related processing software provides empowering tools for small enterprises in the…

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