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Want to Use A LiDAR Drone System to Quickly Make 3D Pointclouds? mdLiDAR3000 is a professional UAV solution.

The newest LiDAR system from Microdrones is revolutionary. Three years in the making, we perfectly integrated our heavy lifting md4-3000 drone with a Riegl LiDAR and a SONY camera for rapidly producing colorized pointclouds.

Who Should Consider This System:
As you’ve come to expect, Microdrones provides you with the full solution: Plan, Fly, Process, Visualize. Only Bigger.
This is a serious machine for serious geomatics professionals in the construction, land development, engineering, surveying and research trades. It’s field tough and ready to work with you on the following tasks:

  • Corridor mapping
  • Mining (volume calculation)
  • Construction site monitoring
  • Environmental changes (time series)
  • Forestry
  • Contour mapping
  • Leveling/Excavation
  • Archaeology and cultural heritage
  • Highway construction

 

The ultimate job of an integrated UAV system is to produce a data deliverable. Microdrones is pleased to offer geomatics professionals an industry leading drone-based LiDAR system that not only gives you an edge over the competition but delivers extensive solutions for your customers.

Brian Flaherty, Manager, ESP Associates
One of the reasons we chose the mdLiDAR3000 is because it was fully integrated, not only with the LiDAR sytem, with the miniVUX1 DL, but it also came with the processing software. We’re able to quickly process and do a quick visualization of what we have captured out there in the field.”
Brian Flaherty

Survey Manager, ESP Associates

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The Complete Package to add unmanned aerial LiDAR to your geomatics services

The mdLiDAR3000 uses the lifting power, resilience and efficiency of the Microdrones aircraft platform to carry a perfectly integrated Riegl miniVUX‑1UAV (or an optional miniVUX‑1DL) and a Sony RX1R II camera. The result? You can quickly acquire high density and accurate LiDAR data in the field and efficiently turn it into a 3D colorized pointcloud back at the office or on your laptop.

mdLiDAR3000 is an end-to-end LiDAR solution combining a drone, a LiDAR payload, a fully integrated software workflow, and world class support to consistently provide quality deliverables.


Why Should You Invest in Drone Based LiDAR?

In areas of high vegetation do you spend hours cutting line to topo the site? The mdLiDAR3000 can help streamline your current workflows to become more efficient, while helping you to complete more projects.

Learn more about the benefits and challenges of investing in drone based LiDAR. Click here to review one of our FREE educational UAV LiDAR webinars. In this edition, you can learn how one of Microdrones customers saved over 50% compared to conventional survey methods by implementing a UAV with LiDAR.

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Riegl miniVUX-1DL

Choose a perfectly integrated Riegl miniVUX‑1UAV or miniVUX‑1DL paired with a 42.4 megapixel camera mounted with a custom, lightweight, vibration-free, quick release mount to capture the data you need. 

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Easy end-to-end workflow:

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  • Simple mission planning using mdCockpit
  • User inputs the point density or flying height and drone speed 
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  • Fully automated mission execution and realtime mission monitoring using mdCockpit
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  • Thorough georeferencing data processing using the dual-IMU Applanix APX-20 UAV DG and POSPac UAV DG
  • Automated final point cloud processing using mdLiDAR processing software
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  • Final point cloud in standard ASPRS LAS format usable in any GIS or CAD software environment
  • Quick and Accurate point cloud colorization using accurate system-produced orthomosaics and a user-friendly, seamless workflow

What Can You Do with it?

mdLiDAR3000 is a versatile package that can be used for a wide range of applications. 
Some of the most common uses are:

Mapping mission of an agricultural field using a Microdrones md4-1000 UAV
Area Mapping / Surveying
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Construction
Surveying specialist using a Microdrones md4-3000 mdLiDAR3000 to perform a Laser scan of a construction site
Mining
Orthophoto of a sawdust pile done with a Microdrones mdMapper integrated system, used for volumetric calculations.
Volumetrics
Inspection mission of a gas pipeline using a Microdrones md4-1000 UAV
Inspection
Precision farming perfomed with a mdMapper integrated sytem from Microdrones
Precision Agriculture

The mdLiDAR3000 is the ultimate solution to streamline your workflow, fly further, and collect more data in a full array of applications for surveying, construction, mining and more.

Flying LiDAR to create a 3-D model before beginning construction 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.”
Matt Rosenbalm

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.”
Rick Rayhel

Microdrones Sales Manager for the Western US

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THE mdLiDAR3000 PACKAGE INCLUDES:

PLATFORM


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md4-3000

Robust, powerful, stable and dependable. Build your business on this versatile platform.

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Charger & Flight Battery

One md4-3000 flight battery and charger for maximum flight endurance.

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Rugged Carrying Case

Bring your Microdrones UAV to tackle missions in the toughest corners of the Earth.

COMMUNICATIONS


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mdRC

Proven, professional controls and telemetry keep you in control when you need it most.

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Digital Data Link

Conveniently connect your Microdrones UAV to your digital devices.

PAYLOAD


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Fully Integrated LiDAR paired with a Sony RX1R II Camera & Quick Connect Mount 

Choose a perfectly integrated Riegl miniVUX‑1UAV or miniVUX‑1DL paired with a 42.4 megapixel camera.

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Applanix APX-20 UAV DG

Compact single-board module with survey-grade GNSS receiver and dual precisely calibrated IMUs for mapping.

SOFTWARE


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mdLiDAR Processing Software

Complete point cloud processing and data export, via one integrated software suite and workflow, specially designed to optimize data from the Microdrones mdLiDAR family of systems.

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POSPAC UAV DG

Direct georeferencing post processing software – used to achieve maximum accuracy and efficiency from data collected by APX-20 UAV DG.

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mdCockpit Tablet Software

Simple swipes of the finger help you plan your survey area and monitor progress in flight on your Android tablet.

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Process and visualize your point cloud data quickly and efficiently using mdPROCESSING Software

5 Reasons Why Professionals are Making the mdLiDAR3000 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.

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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.

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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.

mdLiDAR3000 (equipped with Riegl miniVUX‑1UAV) technical specs:

Product Components:
  • Airframe: Microdrones md4-3000 drone
  • LiDAR Sensor: Riegl miniVUX‑1UAV
  • Camera: Sony RX1R II
  • Georeferencing sensor: Trimble APX20 UAV DG
  • Planning Software: mdCockpit tablet 
  • Processing Software Packages:
    • POSPac UAV DG
    • mdLiDAR Processing Software 
 
Accuracy Specifications:
  • LiDAR Pointcloud:
    • Horizontal: 1 – 3 cm
    • Vertical: 1 – 5 cm
  • Photogrammetry:
    • Horizontal: 1 – 2 pixels
    • Vertical: 3 – 4 pixels
Technical Specifications:
  • Weight: 14 kg (30 lbs)
  • System Operation Temperature: -10 °C (14 °F) up to 50 °C (122 °F)
  • Number of Laser Returns: 5
  • Field of View: 56° (Optional  80°)
  • Maximum Flight Altitude: 80m (263 ft)
  • Recommended Speed: Up to 6m/s (13.5 mph) (to accommodate photogrammetry workflow) 
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miniVUX‑1UAV

Flight Altitude AGL (1) (m/ft)40/13060/19580/260
Speed (m/s)Point Density (pts/m2) (2)
31309065
41006550
5805540
6654535
Swath width (m/ft) at 56° FOV45/14865/21385/279
Swath width (m/ft) at 80° FOV70/230100/328135/443
Number of Laser Returns555

Example of a 20-Minute Flight (minutes)(3)
Area Coverage at 20% Overlap (hectare/acres)(4)18/44.526/6434/84
Area Coverage at 50% Overlap (hectare/acres)(4)11/2717/4221/52

(1) Flight Altitude Above Ground Level (AGL)
(2) Average Point density. Note that calculation does not factor target remission (reflectivity %)
(3) An example of a 20-minute flight under standard flight conditions
(4) Area coverage is computed for an example of a 20-minute survey (3 minutes for take-off and landing) at a drone speed of 5 m/s at 56° Field of View (FOV)


mdLiDAR3000 (equipped with Riegl miniVUX‑1DL) technical specs:

Product Components:
  • Airframe: Microdrones md4-3000 drone
  • LiDAR Sensor: Riegl miniVUX‑1DL
  • Camera: Sony RX1R II
  • Georeferencing sensor: Trimble APX20 UAV DG
  • Planning Software: mdCockpit tablet 
  • Processing Software Packages:
    • POSPac UAV DG
    • mdLiDAR Processing Software 
 
Accuracy Specifications:
  • LiDAR Pointcloud:
    • Horizontal: 1 – 3 cm
    • Vertical: 2 – 4 cm
  • Photogrammetry:
    • Horizontal: 1 – 2 pixels
    • Vertical: 3 – 4 pixels
Technical Specifications:
  • Weight: 14.8 kg (32 lbs)
  • System Operation Temperature: -10 °C (14 °F) up to 50 °C (122 °F)
  • Number of Laser Returns: 5
  • Field of View: 46°
  • Maximum Flight Altitude: 80m (263 ft)
  • Recommended Speed: Up to 6m/s (13.5 mph) (to accommodate photogrammetry workflow) 
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miniVUX‑1DL

Flight Altitude AGL (1) (m/ft)40/13060/19580/260
Speed (m/s)Point Density (2) (Swath Center // Edge) in pts/m2
3308 // 2,637206 // 2,144154 // 1,853
4227 // 1,977152 // 1,607114 // 1,391
5188 // 1,581126 // 1,28994 // 1,113
6156 // 1,317106 // 1,07280 // 928

Swath width (m/ft) at 46° FOV

34/112

50/164

68/223
Number of Laser Returns555

Example of a 20-Minute Flight (minutes)(3)
Area Coverage at 20% Overlap (hectare/acres)(4)13.5/3320/4927.5/68
Area Coverage at 50% Overlap (hectare/acres)(4)8.5/2113/3217/42

(1) Flight Altitude Above Ground Level (AGL)
(2) Average Point density. Note that calculation does not factor target remission (reflectivity %)
(3) An example of a 20-minute flight under standard flight conditions
(4) Area coverage is computed for an example of a 20-minute survey (3 minutes for take-off and landing) at a drone speed of 5 m/s