UAV modelling of Tintagel Castle completed

Following on from our earlier post about Future Aerial being awarded (by English Heritage) the project to map Tintagel Castle, we are proud to announce the landmark survey was successfully completed. The combination of state of the art UAV tech, the skills of the Future Aerial pilots and data processing systems with the world renound English Heritage Geospatial Imaging Team has resulted in some jaw-dropping 3D output.

An island facing the full wrath of the Atlantic Ocean was always going to be a tough survey nut to crack. When the weather reports say calm and sunny, you can be sure that Tintagel has a quick chuckle and throws a gale! Fortunately, Future Aerial utilise some superb UAV technology and the best pilots around to deal with conditions which would send most others packing.

Setting the project apart was the combination of two UAV platforms (fixed wing and multi-rotor) with manual and autonomous flights to capture vertical and oblique imagery of the Island’s every nook and cranny. The project deliverables were very detailed and specific, requiring every inch of the Island to be captured from the correct angles with minutely defined image overlap levels feeding into the ‘Structure-from-Motion’ photogrammetry to produce an accurate and complete model. Future Aerial’s experience and knowledge of photogrammetric model building meant that the data captured fulfilled all requirements.

English Heritage are currently working with the data to complete a new exhibition for July 2015. When it goes live, we’ll be sure to update you with the stunning 3D models. It’s all under wraps for now but watch this space. In the mean time, here are a few behind the scenes pics of the UAVs in action to wet the appetite.

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