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Using Drones within the Infrastructure Sector

This guide is for Infrastructure sector for when people who wish to use unmanned aerial drones to analyse the transportation infrastructure. This will cover the basics of using drones in Infrastructure, exploring the opportunities within Transportation Networks, Mining and Surveying. If you're looking to fly a drone in the Infrastructure sector, or you're planning to hire a third party company, we can help with that and give you all the tips you need. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us



Infrastructure Transportation Networks

In cities today we rely on extensive transportation infrastructure to drive the commerce that makes them economic powerhouses. Much of our infrastructure, however, was built in the previous century, necessitating regular inspections to ensure not only efficiency but also public safety. Our enterprise aircraft will support a wide range of UAV photogrammetry applications, this allows industry workers to recover exact positions of surface points from aerial images captured by DJI platforms.

This information can be quickly processed through customized software to create centimeter accurate 2D orthomosaics and maps, as well as 3D virtual models that can be explored as if in the space. This information allows transportation experts to evaluate the needs of the environments they work in more effectively. Drones are also able to measure traffic flow, this helps relay information back to traffic officers and will help minimize congestion and eliminate accidents.

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Infrastructure Mining

Resource extraction business' are facing immense pressure from low commodity prices and regulatory pressures. Operational efficiency is now essential to maintaining sites through difficult market conditions, and data captured by drones will provide fundamental insights. Rapid surveying with ground control points (GCPs) allows for <1cm accuracy data capture.

Automated stockpile calculation and slope grading provide invaluable real-world data on operational output, as well as equipment fuel consumption costs in quarries. Special software like DJI's development kit will allow business' to build powerful applications, such as autonomous LiDAR tunnel inspection with an M100. Such applications greatly increase not only increase safety but also represent significant cost savings on exiting methods.

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Infrastructure Surveying

All DJI platforms geo-tag images with GPS information which can be processed with photogrammetry to produce point clouds, orthomosaics, and digital terrain models. Before Drones, mapping could only be achieved by aircraft such as expensive full size helicopters. Now mapping is more accessible as the technology has improved vastly, allowing individuals and organisations to capture and document the world around them.

To ensure the highest accuracy data, we recommend you utilise ground control points (GCPs) when capturing your data. You can then tag the GCPs during processing to produce outputs with centimeter accuracy. The Inspire 1 is a powerful ready-to-fly mapping tool, or deploy the Matrice series to customise your own solution. The DJI Zenmuse series of cameras do offer several options in terms of resolution and weight. The DJI Matrice 600 platform can carry a wide range of full frame camera systems to meet requirements for projects.

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  • DJI Inspire 2
    • Switchable Camera
    • Dual IMU
    • 4.3 Mile Range
    • Sense and Avoid
  • DJI Matrice 210
    • Multi-Support Cameras
    • Part Water Proof
    • Dual Battery
    • Dual Gimbal Mount
  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro
    • Obstacle Sensing
    • 1-inch 20MP Sensor
    • Sensor Redundancy
    • Long Flight Times
  • DJI Zenmuse X5S
    • Unbeatable Quality
    • Enchanced Stabilization
    • Quick Release/Connect
    • Interchangeable Lens