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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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