News and Views from Micro Aerial Projects

Welcome! On this page you will find a digest of News & Views from Micro Aerial Projects and the V-Map System, wherever we happen to be in the world and on whatever project we may be working.  Follow us as we continue developing optimal, efficient and cost effective geospatial solutions for a multitude of applications.  We have used excerpts with “read more” buttons and categorized our posts for you.  Subscribe to updates to automatically receive news and feel free to comment and to contact us.  

Drone Mapping Capacity Development – The Philippines

Drone Mapping Capacity Development – The Philippines

Walter Volkmann (CEO / Micro Aerial Projects L.L.C.) is currently in the Philippines providing Drone Mapping Capacity Development! Beneficiaries of this training include the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and various other organizations and individuals. Using drones for mapping increases the efficiency and speed at which actionable data can be delivered to decision makers. UAS Unmanned Systems Consulting and Skyflix who have provided their drones for this activity have successfully integrated V-map AIR on their UAS for high precision aerial mapping, further demonstrating the platform independent…

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…

Talking about small drones at the World Bank Forum on Agriculture, 2016

Talking about small drones at the World Bank Forum on Agriculture, 2016

On February 18 at the 2016 World Bank Forum on Agriculture in Washington, D.C.  I had the pleasure of sharing the podium with some important people in international development. I talked about small drones and their potential in helping farmers to monitor and manage their crops and animals. And I learned a lot from my fellow presenters. So it was another good day in drone life. ~Walter Volkmann

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…

V-map White Paper

V-map White Paper

MAPPING WITHOUT GROUND CONTROL: NOW YOU CAN! Micro Aerial Projects L.L.C. is proud to announce that we have officially published our White Paper (Mapping without Ground Control) and launched our V-map System website at www.v-map.net during this years UAS Reno conference. With the V-map system we are able to produce accurate maps from UAV imagery without the need for ground control! Designed by surveyors for surveyors, the V-map System is the world’s first platform independent, lightweight, 20Hz Dual Frequency L1/L2 GPS receiver with event marking for unmanned aerial systems (UAS). With the…

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…

The Mapping Revolution

The Mapping Revolution

Our sister company, Drone2GIS, just returned from the 60th Annual General Meeting of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS) in Naples Florida where we showcased the revolutionary mapping capabilities of  small unmanned aerial systems (drones) and Structure from Motion (SfM) processing software. Have a look at our video which highlights this mapping revolution: Take a ride through some of our exciting projects where Drone2GIS Inc. has, through the use of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, created highly accurate and high resolution ortho-photos and Digital Surface Models (DSM) for various clients.…

PERSONAL MAPPING DRONES IN LAND ADMINISTRATION, AGRICULTURE AND CONSERVATION

PERSONAL MAPPING DRONES IN LAND ADMINISTRATION, AGRICULTURE AND CONSERVATION

  I just returned from a conference in Washington D.C. at which New America launched a well written primer for geospatial practitioners, land administrators and stake holders:  Drones and Aerial Observation: New Technologies for Property Rights, Human Rights, and Global Development:     We are pleased to see that our work has enabled us to contribute to this well written book. Not only is it good news about drones, it is also a long overdue recognition about the usefulness of drones in planning and managing land use. Hopefully the big…

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