Measure from the Sky With a Drone
The new AIR6 flying robot delivers 3D models and volumetric data from aerial photos
Previously, measurements had to be taken on the ground with a laser scanner, but now they can be taken from the sky with camera-mounted drones. This way, measurements are often faster and more precise than those taken on the ground.
A drone can easily fly over a large area and measure it perfectly. The resulting 3D models can hardly be distinguished from reality - experts talk about “textured 3D polygonal models.”
Automated drone flight over a mine
Automated drone flight over a quarry
This video shows an AIR6 drone taking an automated flight over a quarry. Our photogrammetry software subsequently generates a 3D spatial model out of individual photographs. In order to evaluate the movement of material (excavation and filling), the AIR6 flies over the quarry again, and our software measures the volume difference from the variation between the two scanned surfaces. The video shows an AIR6 flying at a height of 100 feet with a Sony A6000 camera.
Natural resource deposits: Calculating moved material and more
Topological images, for example of natural resources (see demo video), can be used to calculate moved material. The AIR6 flying robot, together with an optical camera and aerial surveying software for the office PC, can produce geo-referenced, high-resolution aerial photographs.
Due to the high degree of detail in the recordings (using 12-80 megapixel cameras), these aerial photographs can be converted into textured 3D polygonal models. The volume of mass moved can now be calculated by comparing the two models with our Windows software.
The calculation process is completely automated
3D Models deliver information about the volume of moved masses
Using software developed by AIRBORNE ROBOTICS, the volume of excavation or filling can be calculated in the fastest possible time, using two recordings taken at different times by the drone. In our example, we flew over the quarry on a Monday, and again on the following Friday, and then compared the two scans.
Calculating and checking masses for moving
An important step in planning a road location line or a rail trail is the calculation of excavation or filling relative to the route. For this calculation, the geo-data of the area is needed. Manually measuring the planned stretches, with all their many changes in surface elevation, can be tedious and last for days. With our AIR6 drones, this surface data can be determined in minutes rather than days. When the scanned surfaces (the actual data from the AIR6) are put together with the planned new route (a CAD plan of the new roadway), the volumetric data of masses to be moved can be calculated in minutes. Time, transportation, and machinery requirements can all be conveniently determined back at the office.
Fast, precise measurement and 3D modeling
Archeological excavations demand precise measurement and documentation: Imagine how much faster they’ll go with an AIR6 in the sky. The aerial photos it generates can be digitally marked with site locations, and archeological discoveries can be assigned to the terrain. It can save 3D models of the site locations as interactive, rotatable online graphics (e.g. for Adobe Acrobat 3D). Now, documentation can be even more fun.
Drone for Aerial Surveying and Measurement
The AIR6 is specifically designed to carry all kind of equipment: cameras, sensors, research instruments…
Completely pre-installed and ready for immediate use
Our Mission Flight System is delivered completely pre-installed and immediately ready for use. Plan your automated flights over pre-selected areas in just a few minutes, instead of steering your drone by hand.
- Over 10 different GEO maps
- Unlimited number of waypoints
- Manually editable waypoints (altitude, speed, etc.)