Yet again SCCS are recognising technological developments in survey instrumentation. The need to remove your staff from hazardous areas, whilst improving productivity and accuracy are hot topics within the surveying and construction world, and what better way to do this than with UAV technology.
SCCS recently signed a distributor agreement with service-drone, giving SCCS the sole rights to distribute their products within the U.K. Service Drone are an innovative forward thinking company based in Germany. Their products allow for either autonomous or manual flight controls using in-house flight software.
The main advantages to flying this “copter” is that it allows for vertical take-off and landing and also allows you to take “static” imagery from a hovering position. (Held in position using on board GPS that navigates the flight-robot to an exact position in the air updating 512 times per second) The “Surveying Robot” enables a hardly conceivable measurement result of up to 1 mm ground resolution and equally unique flight stability at wind strengths of 10-15 meter per second.
Whilst in Germany, the SCCS team were lucky enough to witness a local company survey an aggregates quarry, which measured 12.0 Ha in area and was approximately 60m deep. This was conventionally surveyed with Leica GNSS receivers (Network RTK), taking the three company surveyors two days to complete the site work. The MULTIROTOR flight planning took 15mins in the office, the actual flight time was approx. 30mins and the final processing took approximately 3-4 hrs. The resulting end products/deliverables included a point cloud, decimated 3D triangulated DXF, a Google Earth Model KMZ file and an Orthophoto.
The system has many applications including bulk earthworks projects involving volumetric, progress surveys, topographic surveys of large areas and inspection surveys. On a basic level service drone provides a pictorial representation of site condition, and can be used to inspect Infrastructure which would normally need specialist manpower/equipment.
For further details contact our technical team:
Colin Sudds: firstname.lastname@example.org
Freddie Sapsed: email@example.com