Unlimited potential for real-time 3D surveying drone

Case Study
2018
UNSW Engineering researchers and Linke & Linke Surveys have successfully prototyped and developed a 3D surveying drone upon receiving the TechVoucher grant from TechConnect Global.

Idea

They set out to prototype and develop an autonomous drone, which could map out 3D images of the land below, at heightened speed.

Approach

The designed drone uses the same technology as driverless cars. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) uses spinning Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, that delivers fast and accurate 3D maps of targeted areas and features.
In other words, it shoots out laser beams that bounce off the surface and send back data capturing the distance and coordinating a 3D position in real-time. Further to this, the more sweeps of an area the drone does, the clearer the image becomes.

9 News Report
Video by 9 News
James Linke (Founder Linke & Linke Surveys)
Jhonson Xuesong (Engineering Lecturer UNSW)
Photograph by TechConnect

Outcome

The 3D Laser Surveying Drone has the potential to save lives and cut costs in many industries, as well as assist in disaster-recovery efforts. By collecting data quickly and effectively, teams are able to assess damage and develop rescue strategies.
Taking this technology one step further, the drone could develop heat maps and risk assessment measures could be taken, particularly in regions prone to bushfires.

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