Unmanned Aircraft Systems / Drones
PhotoModeler is a great measurement tool when the camera platform is an unmanned aircraft system (UAS / UAV / drone). While UAS is not a specific application, this page pulls together a number of application areas in one place.
The PhotoModeler UAS product, released Sept. 2016, is focussed on these types of projects.
UAS are ideal for capturing large areas from above, as well as inspecting objects that are high off the ground. Modern UAS are more and more accessible with lowering costs and improving cameras - perfect for aerial photogrammetric measurement that PhotoModeler can provide.
PhotoModeler customers are using quadcopter, hexacopter, and fixed wing UAS from many different manufacturers.
Possible UAS applications with PhotoModeler:
- Stockpile shape and volume measurement
- Rock slope survey
- Geological study
- Site damage inspection
- Bridge and roadway inspection
- Agriculture analysis
- Property, building and re-development survey
- Small area topo and contour mapping
In addition the following application pages discuss UAS usage:
UAS blog posts and articles:
- UAS / UAV Photography for 3D Scanning, Measurement and Modeling
- UAS Articles in our articles database
|Approx. size of scene||2000 feet (610m)|
|Number of photos:||189|
|Camera:||Aeryon Labs Scout|
|Number of SmartMatch points:||89,000|
|Number of triangles in mesh:||5.4 million|
This project was carried out by Geo-Rhea, a firm in Charleston, West Virginia that specializes in UAS / UAV remote sensing, mapping and measurement. The primary purpose is to determine the volume of coal piles without resorting to expensive, time-consuming and often less-accurate traditional methods. The area shown is Keystone, WV. The project was made possible by the 64 bit version of PhotoModeler Scanner.
3D Shaded View of Keystone Area with Camera Positions:
3D Shaded View Close Up:
Contours of Area:
Close-up Contours of Area:
Animated RGB Point Cloud:
A big thank you to Geo-Rhea for allowing us to show this great example of using PhotoModeler Scanner 64, SmartMatch and DSM.
Compost / Wood Chip Stockpile Survey
This project of a large compost and wood chip operation was completed by a customer using 28 photos taken by a Canon IXUS 220HS carried by a UAS / UAV / drone. This project was processed by PhotoModeler Scanner MVS feature - producing great detail with little user input or work. On the associated Stockpile MVS page you can see these PhotoModeler outputs: an Animation video, an interactive SketchFab model, and some screen shots.
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