Airborne survey is undergoing a revolution. Historically, LiDAR-based aerial surveys were impractical for all but the very largest unmanned systems due to the:
Today, due to Applanix’ development of small, lightweight and low powered direct georeferencing solutions, airborne LiDAR scans from small drones are not only possible, they are practical, cost effective, highly accurate, and are excellent options for LiDAR surveys.
The Stormbee is a directly georeferenced UAV LiDAR solution for 3D Industrial Mapping applications, designed to collect survey grade spatial data in a significantly more cost effective and efficient way than static LiDAR.
Stormbee uses the best in 3D mapping technologies including Faro’s Focus 130 laser scanner, Trimble’s AP15 high performance GNSS/Inertial receiver, Applanix’s POSPac UAV state-of-the-art GNSS/Inertial Post-Processing software and Stormbee’s proprietary Beeflex software for LiDAR Point Cloud Generation.
Industrial applications (GNSS denied environments) pose unique challenges for laser scanning using traditional static systems, due to obstructions and poor signal environments. These issues lead to increased costs and operational time.
By using the high performance Trimble AP15 with two antenna and the Applanix post-processing software (POSPac MMS) for georeferencing the LiDAR data, Stormbee provides an accurate real-time and postmission solution for all motion variables.
Applanix has brought together its decades of experience in multi-frequency, multi-constellation Differential GNSS and inertial based positioning and orientation with the very best in small-form factor hardware and powerful software, to produce a DG solution for professional aerial mapping on UAVs.
With a system delivering better than 5 cm accuracy (RMS) and high resolution. Stormbee and Applanix offer unequaled 3D detail from a platform moving at speeds up to 15 m/s. The Stormbee leverages Applanix’s decades of experience in Direct Georeferencing of LiDAR systems to collect the most accurate 3D data.
Think 3D, a Belgian company, is a market leader in 3D scanning for many industrial applications including those in the beverage, steel, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, tank terminals industries, etc. Think3D helps companies make changes to their installations by providing a full 3D CAD model of their installation. Stormbee to date has proven to be effective in many industries including mining, engineering, dredging, forensics, universities, and survey.