On Sept. 21, Go Unmanned held its third UAV tech event at the Alturia Farm in Manquin, Va. Event attendees ranged from sheriffs and fire chiefs to surveyors and general contractors. Topics of discussion included UAVs in construction, grading, farming, inspection, 3D mapping and more.
Several outdoor flying demonstrations were provided to reveal the enormous capabilities of UAVs. Among the most notable demonstrations was an autonomous flight conducted by Matt Mulhern to collect aerial data for a 3D model.
Mulhern utilized active aerial targets called Propeller AeroPoints that were placed around the farm to tie into his local grid coordinates. He then flew an autonomous mission over the farm using an Inspire 2 with a powerful 20-megapixel camera. Data captured from his mission was processed through Pix4D software to create a 3D-model contours and more. Data also was processed through propeller software to demonstrate how surveyors and contractors can visualize, collaborate and share data.
In addition to aerial mapping, attendees had the opportunity to experience live search and rescue simulations and hands-on practice flying a drone. The UAV Tech Event is part of Go Unmanned's ongoing objective to inform the public of the positive applications of UAV technology for commercial purposes such as construction, engineering, inspection, farming and search and rescue.
About Go Unmanned
Go Unmanned is a division of Benchmark Tool & Supply Inc. that offers commercial-grade, fixed-wing and multi-rotor drones and unmanned aerial vehicles for the construction, surveying, engineering, agriculture, inspection and emergency services fields. The company specializes in the integration of UAVs with machine-control systems, GPS/GIS and building information modeling (BIM) applications to track progress and help streamline the production process on its clients' job sites for a competitive edge, according to the company.