Future Aerial helping boost Scotland’s Hydro Power

At present, Hydro Power provides around 12% of Scotland’s power with considerable potential to expand this through small scale hydroelectric schemes. Future Aerial have recently been working in the Highlands of Scotland to provide topographic survey data to help in the design and building of such small scale hydro schemes.

Typically, hydro schemes are in mountainous valleys, difficult to access by foot which means standard surveys methods are simply not cost effective. Step up Future Aerial with the capability to accurately map large areas by drone. What would have taken weeks, possibly months to survey all three sites took a mere three days.

This is just another great example of what can be achieved through combining the power of drone technology with the GIS knowledge and expertise of Future Aerial.

 

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Cancel the helicopter

Interesting and thorough article on the commercial use of drones by the Economist.

“Drones can improve safety, adds Dillon’s John Fairs. They are increasingly used to inspect wind turbines for cracks instead of workers kitted out with climbing gear. Drones are also being operated for power-line inspections. As this can involve lowering from a helicopter engineers clad in insulating suits and safety harnesses to crawl along a pair of high-voltage cables strung shoulder-width apart, it can be a “recipe for disaster”, adds Mr Fairs.
Data collected by drone are often more accurate than information gathered by other means. Fitted with two cameras for stereo vision, a drone called AeroHawk can map the dimensions and contours of a road at a resolution of about 2cm, says Scott McTavish, boss of a British Columbian firm called Accuas that surveys infrastructure. The best a commercial satellite can offer is about 30cm, but it could take more than four months to book one and might cost at least $10,000, adds Mr McTavish. The aircraft-like AeroHawk does not need a runway. It is tossed into the air and recovered by parachute.”

Click through to the full article below

http://www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21635326-after-starting-their-career-armed-forces-drones-are-now-entering-civilian

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3D modelling a castle

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Real world structural modelling:

A big part of what we do at Future Aerial is create 3 dimensional models with imagery and geo data taken from our mapping flights with drones. although this is a fun illustration and an attractive subject it highlights the complex processes we can employ for purposes such as computer game design and simulations for visitor attractions.

Beyond inspections: 

An accurate and ultra high definition image of a difficult access structure is an invaluable tool to engineers for analysis and historical structural change monitoring. With repeated visits we are able to add historical layers to the models and identify exactly where any deterioration is occurring.

The model below may only be viewed on certain browsers, if you would like to view the high definition version please email info@futureaerial.com 

 

Blaise Castle 3d Model
by FutureAerial
on Sketchfab

How do we integrate #drones in our airspace?

“Sense & Avoid: The Technology to Watch” writes Megan Roden

Future Aerial tends to agree and it’s going to be an interesting challenge to solve. Interesting discussions to be had at @SkyTechEvent next year…

Full article here: http://www.skytechevent.com/#!sense–avoid-the-technology-to-watch/c1koc

Technological innovation is spreading across every angle of the commercial UAV industry, with everything from batteries to gimbals undergoing revolutionary changes. One such technology that stands at the heart of the UAV industry is “sense and avoid”.

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Comprehensive sense and avoid technology is a must if the commercial UAV sector is to achieve its full potential. At present, UAVs cannot autonomously detect or avoid other UAVs, aircraft or obstacles such as buildings, and therefore present a severe concern for mid-air collisions.
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2nd day at #innovateUK14

We’re back at #innovateUK14 and our services are generating some serious buzz.

Here’s another closeup of the 3D print of Hermerdon quarry in South Devon.

Thanks to all the guys at #innovateUK14 and the #ukti. It’s been an amazing show!

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Future Aerial and English Heritage join forces

Following a successful bid, Future Aerial are proud to announce an exciting joint project with English Heritage to create stunning 3D models and visualisations of Tintagel Castle, Cornwall. As well as many years of experience in 3D mapping with UAVs, Future Aerial stood out from the crowd by using both fixed wing and multi-rotor systems to provide comprehensive coverage of high resolution photos.

English Heritage is currently undertaking a new multi-phase interpretation and presentation project at Tintagel Castle, Cornwall. In order to create a digital 3D model for the exhibition, they require  high resolution still and video aerial photography of the entire site. The resultant imagery will then be used by English Heritage to create a high-resolution textured 3D model using Structure-from-Motion (SfM) photogrammetry techniques.

Future Aerial are undertaking the project throughout October, so keep tuned to see some amazing results!

 

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Air-chaeological drones

Air-chaeological drones can search for ancient treasures

Future Aerial love the fact that archaeologists are using some of the tech we use in the field to hunt for ancient ruins!

DRONES swooping over the ruins of an ancient Greek city have helped experts work out what it looked like more than 2,000 years ago.

The eBees aircraft gathered infrared images of buried features of Aphrodisias in Turkey. It allowed researchers to quickly build an accurate 3D model of the first century BC metropolis, without the need for costly surveying.

Drone Adventures, the Swiss non-profit company that operates the eBees, said they could transform archaeology by doing work in a few hours that would take months using traditional methods.

‘Building material doesn’t get hot in the same way as the surrounding dirt,’ explained president Adam Klaptocz. ‘If you have walls or a feature underground, thermal cameras may be able to see it.’

The drones – which have a 1m wingspan and weigh about 0.5kg – have also been used to scout for overlooked features in Ephesus, another ancient Greek city in Turkey.

Experts seek out areas with less vegetation that look as though buildings may have stood on them and programme the aircraft to fly overhead.

The Austrian Archaeological Institute in Vienna, which funded the work by Drone Adventures, is analysing the infrared data.

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Full article here

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