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Propeller Aero to integrate with new DJI drone, sensor for rapid and precise site mapping

Propeller Aero, the drone data visualisation and analytics platform, and DJI, a leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, have expanded their partnership to include compatibility of Propeller’s site surveying and 3D mapping software with DJI’s Matrice 300 RTK drone (M300) and Zenmuse P1 sensor (P1).

Propeller’s data processing platform is, the company says, uniquely designed for site surveying and 3D mapping for the construction, earthworks and mining industries. When combined with DJI’s advanced M300 drone, which features a refined propulsion system and longer flight time, the solution can rapidly and precisely map hundreds of acres accurately within 30 mm, making it ideal for surveying medium-to-large scale work sites such as highways, industrial complexes and mines.

The Zenmuse P1 is DJI’s newest flagship sensor, designed specifically for photogrammetry missions. Integrating a full-frame sensor on a three-axis, stabilised gimbal, it substantially increases efficiency and accuracy for surveying and mapping applications, according to Propeller.

“Drone survey data and 3D site maps provide teams across the worksite a single source of truth to better plan, track, inspect and work more safely and efficiently,” the company says. “Additionally, by facilitating quicker data collection, expanding coverage, and offering more real-time progress data, site managers can reduce labour costs and optimise available machinery.”

Jack Nachazel, Customer Success Engineer at Propeller Aero, said: “Work sites have never been as safe, efficient and data-empowered as they are today, thanks to the advances in technology use on-site.

“Our customers are building everything from airports to highways, using a drone that can best capture the unique characteristics of their site. Through our expanded partnership with DJI, they will now be able to streamline their data collection and processing with the powerful M300 drone, which many of our customers are already using.”

To use the solution, surveyors place Propeller AeroPoints™ (smart ground control points) around the worksite, fly the M300 drone above to collect survey data and upload that data to Propeller’s cloud-based platform where it is processed within 24 hours.

The full solution will be available through Propeller’s channel partnership with Trimble®, a leader in positioning technologies, and through its SITECH® distribution network as Trimble Stratus, powered by Propeller, a 3D cloud-based visualisation platform developed by Propeller which integrates with Trimble Connected Site® solutions.

Nevada Gold Mines (owned 61.5% by Barrick, 38.5% by Newmont) is one mining company to have used Trimble Stratus, powered by Propeller, to help measure stockpiles at its mine sites across Nevada.

Trimble expands surveying, 3D modelling capabilities with SX12 Scanning Total Station

Trimble has introduced the Trimble® SX12 Scanning Total Station, the next iteration of its 3D scanning total station that, it says, provides fast and efficient data capture for surveying, engineering and geospatial professionals.

New features, including a high-power laser pointer and high-resolution camera system, expand capabilities in surveying and complex 3D modelling, and enable new workflows in tunnelling and underground mining, according to the company.

The Trimble SX12 merges high-speed 3D laser scanning, Trimble VISION™ imaging technology and high-accuracy total station measurements into familiar field and office workflows for surveyors, the company says. A new green, focusable Class 1M laser pointer is safe for viewing with the naked eye, offers high-power visibility and makes it easy to see even at a distance. Meanwhile, an improved camera system provides enhanced pointing and site documentation capabilities.

Gregory Lepere, Marketing Director of Optical and Imaging for Trimble Geospatial, said: “The new SX12 adds more features and applications to an already widely adopted, field-proven scanning total station. The addition of a premium laser pointer completes the picture for surveyors wanting an instrument that can operate as an everyday high-end total station with the added value of scanning and imagery.”

The Trimble SX12 allows users to operate with common survey workflows, including new versions of Trimble’s field and office software.

“With Trimble Access™ 2021 Field Software, users can harness the full potential of the Trimble SX12, whether performing accurate measurements or comparing 3D scanning as-built data in the field,” it said.

“With the laser pointer, it also enables new applications for laser-guided drilling and excavation guidance, rock bolt and blast hole set out, and as-built verification for underground tunnel and mine construction.”

By integrating rich data from the Trimble SX12 into intuitive office workflows, Trimble Business Center version 5.40 enables users to quickly create complete customer deliverables. With its enhanced point cloud management, eCogAI™ automated information extraction, and interoperability to leading CAD and GIS packages, the solution empowers users to exceed even the toughest client demands, it said.

“The combination also enables the capture of rich tunnel point clouds for as-built comparison, automated tunnel extraction routines and detailed 3D mesh inspection resulting in intuitive reporting deliverables for construction verification,” the company added.

Boris Skopljak, Marketing Director of Monitoring and Tunnelling for Trimble Geospatial, explained: “Tunnelling projects are highly dependent on accurate positioning to precisely control equipment and track progress in difficult underground construction environments. The combination of the SX12 and new software workflows simplifies the capture of site conditions, enabling tunnelling and mining surveyors to make accurate and informed decisions without the complexity and additional cost of multiple systems.”

Trimble improves project visualisation with new laser scanner and AR technology

Trimble has introduced a new laser scanning system that, it says, enables professionals of all scanning levels to quickly and easily capture precise 3D data to produce “high-quality deliverables”, alongside an outdoor augmented reality (AR) solution to improve planning, collaboration and reporting.

The Trimble X7 3D laser scanner (pictured) is an integrated solution with specialised field software, featuring simple and streamlined workflows. It is able to provide automatic registration of point cloud data in the field with Trimble Registration Assist, while Smart Trimble X-Drive technology eliminates the need for annual calibration. The scanner also comes equipped with survey-grade self-levelling to ensure consistent data quality.

The X7 comes with a Microsoft Windows-based Trimble T10 tablet for control and project visibility, along with a backpack and lightweight tripod for portability, it said.

Gregory Lepere, Marketing Director, Optical and Imaging for Trimble Geospatial, said the ability of the Trimble X7 to deliver high-speed 3D laser scanning with intuitive workflows and unique technologies has led to the automation of critical steps to improve efficiency and productivity.

“The X7 is a useful, everyday tool because it doesn’t require scanning expertise to operate. It opens the door for more construction, surveying, industrial and forensics professionals to confidently capture and deliver scan data and realise a faster return on investment.”

For surveyors and geospatial professionals, the X7 provides fast and balanced performance in both indoor and outdoor environments and can be used in numerous surveys, including those routinely carried out in mining.

The Trimble X7 solution is integrated with the new Trimble Perspective software, which the company says is specifically designed for in-field control and complete registration.

“The combination enables scans and images to be captured, fully registered together, refined, controlled and exported to a variety of established data format for Trimble and non-Trimble software suites,” the company said.

The Trimble X7 is expected to be available in the March quarter of 2020 through Trimble’s authorised distribution networks, the company said.

In addition to this new scanner, the company also announced the release of its Trimble SiteVision™ system, an outdoor augmented reality (AR) solution to enable users to visualise 2D and 3D data on “virtually any project site” with cellular or internet connectivity for easier and more efficient planning, collaboration and reporting.

The Trimble SiteVision Integrated Positioning System integrates the Trimble Catalyst DA1 Antenna, Electronic Distance Measurement rangefinder and power management into this handheld AR device that connects to a user-supplied Android mobile phone, according to the company.

Trimble said: “Using Trimble Connect™ cloud-based hosting, SiteVision can access models from all stages of the lifecycle of infrastructure and buildings – from initial concepts of roads or buildings through the operations and maintenance phase of the assets – to increase collaboration, enhance work accuracy and ultimately improve operations and utilisation.”