Drone-based LiDAR is making a serious impact for specialists across many professions, both in terms of efficiency of data collection and generation of geospatial deliverables.
“The Microdrones mdLiDAR1000, flying 2 flight lines over 600 meters of a segment of German autobahn were accurate along the lines of 6 centimeters. This confirmed prior analysis that was also done over Griffiss International airport in the United States. We’ve repeatedly seen the same accuracy that confirms the mdLiDAR1000 system is consistently delivering the same quality no matter where it flies.”
User inputs the point density or flying height and drone speed
Fully automated mission execution and realtime mission monitoring using mdCockpit
Thorough georeferencing data processing using the Applanix APX-15 UAV DG and POSPac UAV DG
Automated final point cloud processing using mdLiDAR processing software
Final point cloud in standard ASPRS LAS format usable in any GIS or CAD software environment
From surveying to mining and construction, professionals are using the power of the mdLiDAR1000 to streamline their workflow. This new technology is helping them to complete more surveys, optimize mining volume analysis and maximize construction monitoring.
“Flying LiDAR to create a 3-D pointcloud model before beginning a construction project provides advantages. It can tell workers how much dirt needs to be moved on a site before they get started, for example, enabling them to bring the right amount of resources to the job.”
Microdrones Sales Manager for the Southern US
LiDAR also has the ability to cover more ground and create a bigger picture when it comes to processing the point cloud.
“LiDAR has the ability to penetrate through multiple layers, such as a tree canopy, to see all the way to the ground. In traditional photogrammetry where you’re using a camera sensor, vegetation is the worst enemy because you can’t get an accurate representation of what the ground topography looks like.”
5 Reasons Why Professionals are Making the mdLiDAR1000 part of their geomatics workflow:
Drones can Lead to Better Worker Safety
Easily tackle projects in areas that are difficult, dirty or dangerous to access – such as challenging terrain, crumbling structures, high elevations, and areas impacted by natural disasters.
Save Time, Money and Hassle by Deploying a Drone
Collecting data previously required extensive groundwork or very expensive manned aircraft. Using a drone allows quick and affordable data collection; that’s one of the most important benefits for geospatial professionals.
Integrated Drones = Interruption-Free Data Collection
Survey live construction or mining sites without interrupting people, plans or machinery. You’ll no longer have to stop work and equipment to collect the data you need, making you more valuable to your customers.
Technology Thought Leadership and Practical Field Leadership
Customers are curious about UAV surveying technology – so providing it demonstrates that a business is an industry leader at the helm. Faster, more efficient data collection differentiates you from competitors and positions you as a subject matter expert in an emerging technology.
Microdrones Offers Unmatched Training, Education and Support
Our professional UAV pilots offer complete onsite Microdrones UAV training to both dealers and end-user customers to ensure they are fully capable of deploying their drone packages in the field, ready to achieve immediate results.
The Perfect Integration Of Drone, Sensor And Software
mdLiDAR1000 Technical Specs:
Laser Scanner: SICK
Georeferencing sensor: Trimble APX-15 UAV DG
Laser Point Rate: 19,500 points/sec
Flight range: Up to 10 km (6.2 mi) (total flight distance under standard flight conditions)
Maximum Laser Range: 100 m (328 ft) (under standard operating conditions – up to 60 m (197 ft) is recommended for reasonable laser point density)
Weight: 6 kg (13 lbs)
Speed: up to 6 m/s (for a reasonable point density)
Endurance: 25 min
System Operation Temperature: -10°C (14°F) up to 50°C (122°F)
Wavelength: Near infrared (no laser returns from any water body)
Class 1 laser (100% eye safe)
Field of view: 85°
Number of Returns: 3 (typically treetop and bare earth)
Point Density Estimation
Flight Altitude AGL (1) (m/ft)
Point Density (pts/m2) (2)
Flight time (3)
Number of Laser Returns
(1) Flight Altitude Above Ground Level (AGL) (2) Average Point density. Note that calculation does not factor target remission (reflectivity %). (3) Flight time is calculated under standard flight conditions (using new Microdrones batteries)