In the drone

Future Aerial insights – featuring in this months Construction and & Civil Engineering magazine

“The most vital part of applying drone technology is understanding what kind of data is possible and what outputs are most appropriate for a specific purpose…”

http://www.ccemagazine.com/2016/10/10/in-the-drone/

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For more information about our work in construction and engineering please get in touch here

Future Aerial join Comit project

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Future Aerial are excited to be joining Comit as leading technology contributor on the “Automated Reality drone project”.

Future Aerial are working alongside Costain, Bentley, Crossrail, highways England and host of other companies to advance the use of drone technology and increase productivity within the construction and infrastructure industries.

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About the Comit project:

“To become the Centre of Excellence for the exploration, development and implementation of mobile computing and communication technologies within the Construction Industry, by creating an environment for our members that encourages, supports and promotes collaboration, knowledge exchange, innovation, industry best practice and continuous improvement.”

COMIT’s mission is to promote the use of mobile technology within the UK construction industry by spreading best practice, promoting new developments and facilitating understanding between technology providers and construction companies.

To this end COMIT will support, instigate and promote case studies and demonstration projects, engage with like-minded organisations and actively communicate the benefits of mobile technology to current and future construction members through publications, meetings, conferences and links with educational institutions.

At the recent Digital rail symposium hosted by Bentley the Plumstead Crossrail hub was selected for the initial pilot, models were built using Bentley context capture .

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Future Aerial very much look forward to working with everyone involved in Comit over the coming months.

Future Aerial at the Rio Olympics

 

 

Future Aerial’s mapping expertise was in full swing when we visited Rio earlier this year.

 

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The Reserva de Marapendi was designed by American Gil Hanse, Construction of the coastal course in Barra began in March 2013 and played for the first time in March 2016. The 7,128-yard course was built mainly on a sand quarry.

The golf started today at the Rio Olympics for the first time since 1904! Alligators, owls and the world’s largest rodent are amongst the exotic hazards facing Rio 2016’s Olympic golfers….

 

For more information about Future Aerials work in golf please contact us here

The Open at Royal Troon

It’s that time of the year again and Future Aerial are excited to be back at the Open for a 5th year.

This years venue, Royal Troon, is renowned as one of the worlds greatest links courses and is playing host for the 145th Open in 2016.

As Royal Troon is situated at the end of Glagow Prestwick airport some thorough planning was necessary but it provides a great example of how unmanned aviation can integrate safely with professional cooperation. Thanks to the ATS Watch Managers at Glagow Prestwick and CAA Liaison Officers.

 

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For more information on the extensive work Future Aerial undertakes in the golf industry please get in touch here 

 

airborne building condition surveys

At Future Aerial our approach to inspecting large structures such as commercial roofing is methodical and measurable.

Whilst traditional methods of inspecting commercial roofing with the use of ladders, cranes and scaffolding are rapidly being replaced by the use of drones, simple Aerial photography or video of these structures often prove to be a blunt instrument for engineers and surveyors.

Building condition surveys and change monitoring requires “repeat-ability” to understand asset deterioration. Additionally in the case of alterations on a roof such as solar panel installation a much more accurate understanding is essential.

Our techniques at Future Aerial are based on GIS survey principles and with the addition of traditional, ground based GPS we are able to create accurate terrain models as well as extremely high definition imagery of the entire structure.

In the following example you can see that our mapping techniques take hundreds of extremely high definition Geo-referenced photographs to make up the final survey.

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The outputs can then be measured from which can be useful in less invasive types of repair from the inside of the building and also minimise scaffold where external repairs are necessary. The imaging process can then be repeated at a later date using image overlay techniques to understand how quickly and where deterioration is occurring.

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Creating a digital terrain model of the roof structure can be very useful in architectural design and increasingly for solar installations where energy yield planning can maximise efficiency and save costs. 

 

For more information about Future Aerial and our extensive experience in this area please get in touch here

 

Inspecting superstructures- the QEII Bridge

How can the use of remotely piloted aircraft systems truly fulfil the promise of creating efficiency’s, maximising insight and increasing safety? The answer: A careful approach, meticulous planning and a deep understanding of the limits of the technology.

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Future Aerial have extensive history in bridge inspections and performed some of the first ever significant UAV inspections in the UK.

Bridges present a good example of the incredible cost savings that can be gained by using drone technology (we can create an average of ¼ to a 1/3rd cost saving) with increased quality of data and significant time efficiency’s gained over a 100% traditional rope access inspection. Bridges also present a good example of the scale of complexity and planning that need to be employed to add this value in terms of logistics, legality and safety.

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Working closely with XEIAD (engineering and rope access company) as part of a sub deck principle inspection of the main span of the QEII Bridge, Future Aerial were able to collect high definition imagery of approximately 500m of the most difficult access over the river Thames.

Even a small and seemingly simple bridge inspection often requires hours of detailed planning, risk assessments and a thorough methodology but the QEII Bridge is a long way from being small or simple. Crossing one of the UK’s busiest waterways and carrying one of London’s main arterial motorways, the M25,  is also a highly monitored potential terrorist target with 24 hour military surveillance above and below the waterline.

Whilst the planning process for the QEII Bridge was several months in the making with the inclusion of the bridge Management Company, Thames Port Authority, local police, London ATC, all local emergency services, local council, etc. Future Aerial’s bespoke planning systems utilising the fdc_logo_001_small

allow us to take extremely complex projects and make them turn-key.

Future aerial innovation cycle is simple:

  1. Work with clients to find a challenge where we believe we can add value
  2. Proof of Concept
  3. Trials
  4. Using the FDC (Futuredronecloud) make it a “turn-key” Product
  5. Roll the ‘Product’ to a repeatable simplified process for change monitoring.

Below is an example of the level of detail Future Aerial attained allowing Engineers to examine individual bolts in otherwise extremely difficult areas to access.

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Future Aerial effectively replicates some of the detail gained through the use of rope access, without the traffic control requirements, and at significantly lower cost in terms of equipment and traffic control needs. Future Aerial can provide 3D modelled and infrared outputs of bridges and related structures, effectively identify concrete delamination, steel degradation and other areas in need of attention or physical intervention.

Flood risk mapping for JBA Consulting

Future Aerial has been busy on many projects of late and with continuing fears over some of the extreme rainfall events Europe has experienced this year it is more important than ever to have accurate data for flood risk planning.  

Using a combination of fixed wing and multirotor platforms Future Aerial were able to capture data at a much higher accuracy than existing LIDAR data, this enables highly effective analysis for flood modelling and planning. Future Aerial’s unique geographic reach not only creates efficiency’s by decreasing travel costs and time on site but also cuts the carbon cost of each job by up to 70%. Being able to mobilise quickly and plan complex operations via the Future Drone Cloud (FDC) we were able to complete end to end data capture to delivery in just a few days.

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For more information about Future Aerials work in flood risk survey and mapping please contact us here

Future Aerial and Golfzon simulator mapping

In a continuation of our long tradition of mapping in the Golf industry, Future Aerial has partnered with the worlds largest indoor Golf simulator company – GOLFZON – to map the most prestigious golf courses.

Future Aerial has a strong pedigree in high accuracy mapping and modelling for the worlds most prestigious golf competitions and architects which is why, when the leading manufacturer and supplier of Golf simulator products started its campaign to map the UK’s top golf courses they came to Future Aerial.

 The anatomy of a Ryder cup course

Below is the digitisation of the stunning Celtic Manor 2010 Ryder Cup course which will be playable alongside many other prestigious UK and Irish courses by 1.5 million Golfzon customers in the coming months.

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Overview of the Roman Road and Montgomery courses at Celtic Manor

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When the mapping is completed the Golfing begins!

Golfzon customers expect the most real representation of a course as possible, when you play a Golfzon simulator mapped by Future Aerial you play a millimetre accurate digital version of the real thing, every lump and bump is converted into the digital model, the results are both true to life and visually stunning.

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 If you want to understand more about our work within the golf industry please get in touch 

Landmark aerial inspection of Avon gorge

Increasing knowledge whilst creating dramatic efficiencies

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The Avon gorge is one of the most familiar landmarks in Bristol, a geological marvel that has played an important role in shaping the local inhabitants since the Iron Age.

As some of the cliff faces boarder a road, detailed surveys of the gorge need to be carried out at regular intervals. Ordinarily such geological surveys involve teams of climbers working in difficult and dangerous conditions over a significant period of time and frequently leads to road closures with resulting traffic disruption and cost to the city council who are required to ensure that the cliff face poses no threat to the road below. In an ever increasing effort to modernise, save cost and create efficiencies the city council commissioned a detailed survey of a two- kilometre stretch of the cliff face on the Clifton side of the gorge using the latest drone and sensor technology.

Future Aerial were selected to capture the large amounts of high definition imagery and data whilst working closely with engineering consultants XEIAD to create a detailed analysis of the rock faces. The imagery has been used to create a 3D map of the gorge that can be revisited and referenced to analyse areas of interest or concern. The project is believed to be the first of its kind anywhere in the country.

 http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Drone-allows-bird-s-eye-view-gorge-geology/story-25932508-detail/story.html

Below is a low resolution 3D model of a section of the cliff face.

 

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