Inside Unmanned Systems

APR-MAY 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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31 unmanned systems inside April/May 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. information modeling (BIM) project. Again they used the Leica P20 for interior scanning and the Fox 6 for exterior photogrammetry. The entire property was then modeled using Revit architecture software. Houdry said other obvious applications in- volve working in places where people just can't go, such as inspecting dam faces or the under- sides of bridges. Putting the benefits of this kind of technolo- gy into monetary terms is not straightforward, Houdry said, but in general time saved comes out to at least 50% compared to more conven- tional tacheometry. And, he said, "Concerning return on investment (ROI), we earn between 20% and 30% more in terms of margin com- pared to old methods." Houdry said he is eager to try more of Heliceo's products and is very interested in particular in seeing what he could do with a LiDAR-equipped Fox6. Bringing it Home Back in San Francisco, Jean-François Baudet boasted, "Our drone product range is wide with both multirotors and VTOL planes, and we have developed a bathymetric boat drone and a terrestrial mapping tool. All our products work with our DroneBox concept, unique in the world, equipped with RTK GNSS system." In America, as in Europe, he said, Heliceo is looking forward to bigger and better opportu- nities for development. "It will require signifi- cant investment and the company is ready to put several million dollars into the building of assembly plants on American soil, and we will recruit technicians and engineers, salespeople, GIS specialists and trainers." "THESE AREN'T JUST AUDIOVISUAL DRONES that have been modified or adapted to photogrammetry. The flight qualities are right and the installed equipment gives us the right level of resolution." Benoit Houdry, manager, Selarl Houdry 0.1° Roll & Pitch 0.2° Heading 2 cm RTK » Immune to magnetic disturbances » L1/L2 GNSS receiver Ellipse-D Dual GNSS/INS Inertial Navigation System » Accurate heading even under low dynamics » Post-processing

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