Aerospace

Transformative New Drone Mapping Analytics Capabilities Released by Identified Technologies

01 March 2018

A suite of new drone mapping features and services is now available from Identified Technologies for its Site IQ – Slope Map Screenshot. Source: Identified TechnologiesSite IQ – Slope Map Screenshot. Source: Identified Technologiescustomers in the construction, mining, energy and engineering sectors. The new features which will be launched and automatically pushed to customers throughout 2018 include:

  • Haul Road Analysis – Allows the user to incorporate mapped haul roads into the orthomosaic they receive when flying their site by drone. This analysis will cover the slope and width of the road.
  • Slope Maps – Enables a user to move a cursor over any point to see the exact slope for that location. It will show slopes by both degree and percent grade.
  • Plan IQ Camera View – Provides a livestream of what the camera sees when the drone is flying. This is particularly valuable for maintaining a continuous line of sight on the drone as it flies as required by the FAA regulations.
  • Change Detection Tool Color Coding – Empowers users to change the colors in this tool so that they can color code piles of different things and measure change accordingly.
  • Enterprise Site Permissions – Gives users more control over shared data, so they can customize the level of access and control they want to grant individual customers, contractors and stakeholders.
  • DJI Inspire 2 Drone – Customers will receive upgrades to the new DJI Inspire 2 with their Identified Technologies subscription. The Inspire 2 has enhanced accuracy, robustness and obstacle sense and avoid (SAA) capabilities.

The most notable changes to Identified Technologies’ Site IQ software capabilities are the Haul Road Analysis and Slope Map features. For these quickly constructed and heavily trafficked dirt roads, steep slopes result in dramatic increases in gas consumption and costs, accelerated wear and tear on vehicles or exacerbated hazards from ice and inclement weather.

Going from .02 to .01 percent slope doubles the fuel efficiency of the vehicle traveling on it since it’s documented that a 10 percent change in slope can affect the fuel efficiency by 10 percent. Given this fuel efficiency, a single large piece of equipment on a less steep slope could save a company $400,000 in fuel over a three-year project.

To contact the author of this article, email shimmelstein@globalspec.com


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