Sep 09, 2021

Propeller Aero and DJI expand site mapping partnership

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Dominic Ellis
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Combined solution from Propeller Aero and DJI can precisely map hundreds of acres accurately within 3cm

Propeller Aero and DJI have expanded their partnership to include compatibility of Propeller's site surveying and 3D mapping software with DJI's Matrice 300 RTK drone (M300) and Zenmuse P1 sensor (P1).

When combined with DJI's M300 drone, which features a refined propulsion system and longer flight time, the solution can rapidly and precisely map hundreds of acres accurately within 3cm or 1/10 of a foot, making it ideal for surveying medium to large scale worksites such as highways, industrial complexes, and mines.

The Zenmuse P1 is DJI's newest flagship sensor, designed specifically for photogrammetry missions. Integrating a full-frame sensor on a 3-axis, stabilised gimbal, it substantially increases efficiency and accuracy for surveying and mapping applications.

Drone survey data and 3D site maps provide teams across the worksite a single source of truth to better plan, track, inspect, and work more safely and efficiently. Additionally, by facilitating quicker data collection, expanding coverage, and offering more real-time progress data, site managers can reduce labor costs and optimise available machinery.

"Work sites have never been as safe, efficient, and data-empowered as they are today, thanks to the advances in technology use on-site," said Jack Nachazel, Customer Success Engineer at Propeller Aero.

"Our customers are building everything from airports to highways, using a drone that can best capture the unique characteristics of their site. Through our expanded partnership with DJI, they will now be able to streamline their data collection and processing with the powerful M300 drone, which many of our customers are already using."

To use the solution, surveyors place Propeller AeroPoints (smart ground control points) around the worksite, fly the M300 drone above to collect survey data and upload that data to Propeller's cloud-based platform where it is completely processed within 24 hours.

The full solution will be available through Propeller's channel partnership with Trimble and through its SITECH distribution network as Trimble Stratus powered by Propeller, a 3D cloud-based visualisation platform developed by Propeller which integrates with Trimble Connected Site solutions.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Commercial Drones estimated at US$4.9 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$18.2 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 20.5% over the period 2020-2027, according to ResearchAndMarkets.com.

The US market alone is estimated at $1.5 Billion, while China is forecast to grow at 20.1% CAGR.

Velary, an American aviation technology company, is unveiling its 4-hour-plus flight Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology during the Commercial UAV Expo Americas in Las Vegas this week.

Honeywell is developing a new technology suite for light drones that allows them to fly three times longer and with less human intervention.

Compared with traditional drones using batteries and line-of-sight radio links, drones equipped with Honeywell's Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) technologies can fly farther, carry more weight, avoid hazards up to 3kms away and stream video of their progress anywhere in the world.­

"These are technologies that businesses have been waiting for," said Stéphane Fymat, Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell's Unmanned Aerial Systems and Urban Air Mobility business unit. "They will help make drones profitable for a world of new applications."

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