GNSS Basics for Beginners in Drone Mapping

GNSS Basics for Beginners in Drone Mapping

GNSS Basics for Beginners in Drone Mapping    I think it is fair to assume that a significant number of drone owners have very little grasp of the importance of, and the role that Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are playing in assisted flight and automated navigation. The reliability of orientation sensors, GNSS, powerful computers and software make it just so easy to launch and fly that one can understand why drone enthusiasm is thriving despite often very superficial knowledge levels of what it takes technically to enjoy the ease…

Surveying with drone2GIS Inc.

Surveying with drone2GIS Inc.

Drone2GIS offers a safe, efficient and accurate alternative approach to the conventional surveying method employed in open cast mines, quarries and stock yards for data acquisition. Through the employment of Unmanned Aerial Systems, Drone2GIS delivers precise, high accuracy ortho-photos, digital terrain models and virtual realities. With these products, we can extract features and positions to produce the same products one would expect from a conventional survey without the safety risks of having boots on the ground. Data can be captured as and when needed without significant impact on the day…

SNEAK PREVIEW OF A NEW SPECIES RECENTLY SIGHTED IN THE AMERICAN SKIES

SNEAK PREVIEW OF A NEW SPECIES RECENTLY SIGHTED IN THE AMERICAN SKIES

A new species recently sighted in the American skies… Name: Bateleur (belongs to the Pixhawk family) Color: White with yellow wingtips, distinctive black spot on chest Habitat: Over fields, farms and towns anywhere on the North American Continent Flight Characteristics: Flies automatically in straight lines and graceful circles Call: Faint humming with occasional beeps Habits: Effortlessly flies for up to 40 minutes with 650g of prey before landing on any ground surface Other characteristics: Sharp eyes, hardy, intelligent, easily tamed and trained for multitude of tasks First sighted in the US by…

Virtual Surveyor Tools

Virtual Surveyor Tools

What to do with those millions of triangles defining the geometry of an Urban Environment? Enter the Virtual Surveyor Tools. An all too often underestimated step in the workflow of a UAV mapping operation is the extraction of features of interest in vector format. Structure from Motion and Lidar give us unprecedented density in point clouds to better represent the shapes we are interested in. While that density helps to define edges and planes accurately, it comes with the big data burdens – heavy processing, lots of memory and patience…

Mapping Urban Areas with UAVs

Mapping Urban Areas with UAVs

In case you missed our presentation on Mapping Urban Areas with UAVs at the annual meeting of the Florida Region ASPRS (American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) last Friday, August 15th 2014, here is your opportunity to see it! The presentation covers some of our work in Albania where we used a SteadiDrone QU4D equipped with our V-map Dual Frequency GPS receiver for cadastral mapping of a highly populated urban environment where rapid development is occuring, often without proper documentation of property boundaries and ownership. The imagery was processed…

UAV Mapping of Urban Areas

UAV Mapping of Urban Areas

Presentation of UAV Mapping of Urban Areas….. Interested in UAV mapping of urban areas?  Come and join the annual meeting of the Florida Region ASPRS (American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) on Friday, August 15, 2014, in Ponte Vedra, Florida.  We (Walter and Oliver Volkmann of Micro Aerial Projects) will be presenting some of the urban geospatial products we recently produced in Albania for the World Bank. When: Friday August 15, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT Where: TPC Sawgrass Marriott,, 1000 PGA TOUR Boulevard , Ponte…

The new 20Hz version of our V-Map precise aerial mapping system has been released!

The new 20Hz version of our V-Map precise aerial mapping system has been released!

    We have just delivered the first two units of the new 20Hz version of our V-Map precise aerial mapping system to a UAV mapping company in the USA. With dual frequency GPS observation rates as high as 20Hz, the V-Map system provides ultra-high accurate drone flight trajectories and camera exposure positioning. It weighs a mere 130g and is easily integrated on any small drone payload. Getting camera positioning down to cm level accuracy means you may not have to provide ground control for your accurate mapping projects, thus…

Dispatch from Tirana, Albania

Dispatch from Tirana, Albania

We at Micro Aerial Projects are very happy to continue our work with the World Bank in Albania where we are mapping and modelling with small UAVs. Today we completed our 49th flight over the quickly developing peri-urban landscapes on the fringes of Tirana. It all went without a hitch.  We are really excited about the models we are building from the high resolution images. Hopefully our work will one day result in general acceptance of small UAVs/drones as efficient and appropriate survey tools. There is an incredibly amount of…

Project Albania

Project Albania

We are back in Albania, working on a project again with the World Bank.  We are using Vertical Take-off and Landing Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) to provide high resolution aerial mapping of rapidly developing areas.  In some cases land rights have not quite been legally established and in others the hard copy paper cadaster maps (which have not yet been digitized) are damaged from handling and need improvements. The use of UAVs such as this provides a cost effective way to capture the reality of the situation with high resolution…

Micro Aerial Projects presents at the World Bank Annual Conference on Land and Poverty

Micro Aerial Projects presents at the World Bank Annual Conference on Land and Poverty

At the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty Micro Aerial Projects presented the aerial mapping work we have done in Albania using small UAVs for improved land governance and cadastral mapping.  Hopefully our work will demonstrate that small UAVs/drones are efficient and appropriate survey tools which can tackle the vast amount of mapping needing to be done in a more affordable manner. This is a highly efficient means of mapping and modelling to improve existing spatial data quality and property records! (Left: Oliver and Walter Volkmann, the V-team…

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