Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 2016

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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38 unmanned systems inside October/November 2016 LAND AUTOMATED MACHINE GUIDANCE Construction projects that required only drones might include quarr y sites, Singh said. "Drones can also be used in progress reporting—for instance, when you're pay- ing a contractor for moving earth, you pay for how much soil and rock they brought in, and you can use drones to look at that," he said. "Drones can also record images every week or ever y day just to have a record of what is happening for safet y compliance and other things." One major project of Singh's that he foresees drones could help with is the Virtual Trans- portation Corridor System. "The goal is to take our entire state highway system, roughly 9,000 miles of road, and de- velop a digital representation of it in 3-D, with all our GIS information," Singh said. "The idea is that anyone in our agency, from the director "ALMOST ANY PIECE of heavy construction equipment can be automated, and in the long run, that's what we expect." Ron Singh, engineering automation manager, chief of surveys and UAS manager, Oregon Department of Transportation to a maintenance person who needs to mow the grass in a median area, can look at this on a Web-based interface and zoom in on the map, and see anything they needed to make a deci- sion—such as accident history, roadbed fric- tion, guardrails, culverts, signs, traffic lights, vertical clearance—and f lip on street view with 360-degree imagery if they wanted, just like Google Street View, or drop in 3-D models into the system as we are building projects." "We're in the process of collecting all this data with survey-grade devices—we've done more than half the state so far," Singh said. "Drones could absolutely help us build the Vir- tual Transportation Corridor System. We'll use them where regulations allow us to, and where the use of fixed-wing airborne surveys would be too expensive or take too long. They'll help us get to our goal quicker." The most powerful LabSat yet, the new LabSat 3 WIDEBAND captures and replays more GNSS signals at a much higher resolution than before. LabSat 3 WIDEBAND can record and replay the following signals: • GPS: L1 / L2 / L5 • GLONASS: L1 / L2 / L3 • BeiDou: B1 / B2 / B3 • QZSS: L1 / L2 / L5 • Galileo: E1 / E1a / E5a / E5b / E6 • SBAS: WAAS, EGNOS, GAGAN, MSAS, SDCM • IRNSS

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