Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2016-JAN 2017

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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15 unmanned systems inside December 2016/January 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. And if the team spots any problems while using a drone, because they receive that infor- mation in real time, they can go to any ques- tionable areas and take a closer look, Carter said. Instead of two people spending hours walking the ditch perimeter in rough terrain, making sure stable discharge points are in the right location and looking for other potential problems, they know exactly what areas need attention—leading to huge time savings and a much safer process. Now that Carter and her team know the benefits UAS provide, they'd like to purchase a drone of their own. (The ones they use now are shared, which means they can only f ly a few weeks out of the year.) While Carter doesn't know when they'll get approval to make this purchase, she does have an idea The senseFly ebee was flown at the Mormont quarry in Eclépens, Switzerland to create an accurate 3-D model of the quarry, geo-referenced by ground control points, to measure the volume of extractions. THE MAPTEK AND SENSEFLY PARTNERSHIP Maptek and senseFly recently entered into an agreement designed to make it even easier for mining sites to incor- porate drones into their workflow. Through the agreement, Maptek, a company that offers precision measurement and visualization for the mining industry, will provide customers with senseFly's map- ping and inspection drones—the eBee, the eBee RTK and the albris—alongside its I-Site Studio 3-D modelling software. "When one of our drones captures images, they're translated into a 3-D point cloud generated by our sister company, Pix4D. In a mining environment they have the I- Site Studio that enhances the point clouds generated by Pix4D. You capture data through the drones, process the data in Pix4D then transfer the data to Maptek software where you can, for example, do volume calculations," said Matteo Triacca of senseFly. "All products fit neatly and are complimentary, which means we can offer an end-to-end solution to the mining industry." "FOR US THE BIGGEST BENEFIT we realized so far is the stockpile volumes." Iain Allen, senior manager for mining information technology, Barrick Gold Corp.

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