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Drones in Construction

Monitoring activity across a large, complex construction site is particularly difficult because there are so many moving parts, and because the jobs being performed change frequently. A report published in 2009 by the National Research Council of the National Academies found that construction lags behind other industries such as manufacturing in terms of productivity, and blamed the situation on problems with planning, coordination, and communication.

Drones are the best way for construction companies to capture progress and conduct site surveys on the job site. Our Drone system generates high-resolution aerial images, topographic maps, 2D and 3D models, and accurate volumetric data. Survey-grade accuracy from us provides immediate reliable data for project estimates, civil survey designs, and construction stakeouts. Regular flights provide construction project managers, general contractors and survey managers with the most up to date reporting. Construction site progress is more efficiently tracked, resources managed, downtime reduced, and projects are more often kept on schedule and under budget.

Project teams have an on-demand visual history of the latest excavation and construction progress, making it easier to calculate distance, perimeter or volume.

There’s a lot to keep track of on your job site — project progress, the location of equipment, the volume of materials left — and an aerial view makes it all a lot easier.
The latest generation of drones and cloud-based image processing put professional-quality aerial imagery into the hands of builders and project managers in a way that is faster, and more cost-effective than ever before.

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Drones in Agriculture and Farming

These aircraft are equipped with an autopilot using GPS and a standard High Definition camera controlled by the autopilot; software on the ground can stitch aerial shots into a high resolution mosaic map. This low-altitude view (from a few meters above the plants to around 120 meters, which is the regulatory ceiling in the UK for unmanned aircraft operating with special clearance from the CAA) gives a perspective that farmers have rarely had before. Compared with satellite imagery, it’s much cheaper and offers higher resolution. Because it’s taken under the clouds, it’s unobstructed and available anytime. It’s also much cheaper than crop imaging with a manned aircraft, which can run £1,000 an hour.

Drones can provide farmers with three types of detailed views. 

First, seeing a crop from the air can reveal patterns that expose everything from irrigation problems to soil variation and even pest and fungal infestations that aren’t apparent at eye level. 

Second, airborne cameras can take ​​​​​ NDVI images, capturing data in RGB , which can be combined to create a view of the crop that highlights differences between healthy and distressed plants in a way that can’t be seen with the naked eye. 

Finally, a drone can survey a crop as often as you need. By doing so regularly that imagery can show changes in the crop, revealing trouble spots or opportunities for better crop management.​

It’s part of a trend toward increasingly data-driven agriculture. Farms today are bursting with engineering marvels, the result of years of automation and other innovations designed to grow more food with less labor. The implications cannot be stressed enough. We expect 9.6 billion people to call Earth home by 2050. All of them need to be fed. Farming is an input-­output problem. If we can reduce the inputs—water and pesticides—and maintain the same output, we will be overcoming a central challenge.

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