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RQ-84Z AeroHawk UAV system at hte end of a mapping mission.

20 Things They Don’t Tell You About UAVs

The energy, enthusiasm and the inventiveness that is going into UAV* technology these days is truly remarkable. There has been a proliferation of manufacturers, suppliers, users and conferences promoting the technology. We have all seen stunning video clips and images taken from UAVs – the low altitude aerial perspective enables unique views of a wide sweep of surrounds as well as the foreground focus of attention.

In July 2012 I attended the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego and assisted a UAV manufacturer on their trade exhibit, fielding questions from potential customers of this technology. It was a revelation, not only because of the technology, but because of the reaction of the punters. I could see it in their eyes. Everyone wanted to do this for a job. “Get paid to have fun? I’m in!” Read more

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Geospatial and  photogrammetry: When the mapping world and the gaming world collide

The gaming and the mapping world might look like two very distinct industries but when we give a closer look, we can discern some similarities. Both industries are now more than ever benefiting from each other’s unique features. In one hand, interactive 3D GIS are now using improved graphics, atmospheric and particles effects to visualise real-world data as well as interactive navigation capabilities similar to a video game. In the other hand, maps are the core component of many video games and can be based on either fantasy or real-world information derived from geospatial data. A growing number of games developers have also started to use 3D assets generated using 3D photogrammetry techniques. Read more

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25mm digital aerial photography taken over Adelaide

High Resolution Digital Aerial Imagery vs High Resolution Satellite Imagery – Part 1

The gap between these two usually complementary mapping technologies is getting smaller as both satellite and aerial imaging systems have benefited from great technology improvements in the last decade. These technologies can even overlap in terms of resolution, meaning that issues such as accuracy, acquisition and processing time need to be taken into account . It is more of a challenge to make informed decisions about which technology to choose for a mapping project. Nevertheless, each technology is alive and well and possess unique characteristics and strengths which need to be highlighted. Read more

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19
May
RQ-84Z AeroHawk UAV system at hte end of a mapping mission.

20 Things They Don’t Tell You About UAVs

The energy, enthusiasm and the inventiveness that is going into UAV* technology these days is truly remarkable. There has been a proliferation of manufacturers, suppliers, users and conferences promoting the technology. We have all seen stunning video clips and images taken from UAVs – the low altitude aerial perspective enables unique views of a wide sweep of surrounds as well as the foreground focus of attention.

In July 2012 I attended the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego and assisted a UAV manufacturer on their trade exhibit, fielding questions from potential customers of this technology. It was a revelation, not only because of the technology, but because of the reaction of the punters. I could see it in their eyes. Everyone wanted to do this for a job. “Get paid to have fun? I’m in!” Read more

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1
Apr
Aerometrex Eagle Prime

TomoHawk Aerial Vehicle Announced

Aerometrex, a CASA-registered UAV operator, announces the implementation of a new AV imaging service with revolutionary performance.

Aerometrex is pleased to announce the introduction of a revolutionary new aerial imaging service based on new technology recently released by Microsoft. The system is offering performance far in excess of current UAV aerial imaging systems in the market with unparalleled efficiency and lowest cost per unit area. Read more »

27
Oct
Christchurch Tent City after earthquake

When a city falls – Christchurch in 3D from 2011

It has been a few years since the tragic days of 2010-2011 when earthquakes almost flattened the beautiful city of Christchurch – New Zealand. A few documentaries have been made and the story of the people captured.

The model below captured using photogrammetry is a time capsule of how the city looked shortly after the earthquakes ( January 2013).

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21
Oct
aerial oblique imagery of 413 KWS Vue on King William.

Adelaide 3D model and aerial oblique imagery October 2015

We are in the process of generating an aero3Dpro virtual 3D city model of Adelaide CBD.

In this post you will find a collection of aerial oblique imagery of new building developments as well as other interesting architectural, heritage buildings within Adelaide CBD.

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14
Sep
Kite_unreal_engine

Geospatial and  photogrammetry: When the mapping world and the gaming world collide

The gaming and the mapping world might look like two very distinct industries but when we give a closer look, we can discern some similarities. Both industries are now more than ever benefiting from each other’s unique features. In one hand, interactive 3D GIS are now using improved graphics, atmospheric and particles effects to visualise real-world data as well as interactive navigation capabilities similar to a video game. In the other hand, maps are the core component of many video games and can be based on either fantasy or real-world information derived from geospatial data. A growing number of games developers have also started to use 3D assets generated using 3D photogrammetry techniques. Read more

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27
Feb
aerial view of the Garden of Unearthly Delights 2015

Adelaide Fringe 2015 from above

You will find a small selection of aerial photographs of a some of the most famous Fringe venues including the Garden of Unearthly Delights, Gluttony, the Clipsal track and The Royal Croquet Club taken during mad March (and mad February). Read more »

12
Feb
accurate profiles and measurments can be extracted from 3D models of the coastline

Coastal erosion mapping using 3D photogrammetry

Coastal erosion is the wearing away of land along the shoreline due to the natural removal of beach or dune sediments caused by wave action, wave and tidal  currents, high winds, drainage and other human-induced causes of erosion . Rising sea levels, more frequent storms and cyclones are also increasing coastal erosion and are putting infrastructures, properties and people at risk. Read more »

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5
Jan
Zoom in overthe burnet area Landsat 8 4th 10am

Satellite images of the Sampson flat fire Adelaide Hills – January 2015

The Sampson Flat bushfire which started on Friday 2nd January 2015 in the Adelaide Hills  has blackened more than 12,000 hectares so far.

The following article shows a collection of satellite imagery showing the extent of the damage. Read more »

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13
Nov
Townsville aero3Dpro model

Virtual 3D city models: A base dataset for Australian States departments and local councils

An increasing number of Australian states government departments and local councils are using or are in the process of acquiring virtual 3D city models as part of their planning and development strategy. In addition to other geospatial information layers integrated into interactive 3D GIS solutions such as Skyline TerraExplorer, these new tools provide intuitive and innovative ways to communicate complex information and develop long-term management strategies. Read more »

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4
Nov
aero3dpro car

Photogrammetric Modelling of Cars for pedestrian impact simulation

  The CASR Lab does extensive head-bonnet collision testing to assess new car models entering the market for safety.  The limit of deformation of the car’s hood is determined by the gap between the hood and the engine block. Measuring this gap requires extensive 3D modelling of both the hood and the engine block and experimentally testing the deformation at all the sample points requires upto 20 bonnets. In order to augment the direct measurements and destructive testing regiment the lab is interested in acquiring accurate 3D models of the vehicles. Read more »