When asked about their recent acquisition of Gatewing the UAV manufacture Anders Rhodin, business area director for Trimble’s survey division said “You’re filling the gap between traditional topo surveying and the high-altitude photogrammetry and putting something in between,” Rhodin said.
“Compared to high altitude, it’s fairly low cost. You can do it often and quickly. It’s not affected by the weather; you fly under the cloud cover for instance. [UAVs are useful] where you want to be able to quickly survey bigger portions of land – there are rapid response possibilities where there are time-sensitive deliverables, disaster situations, after tornados. You might use UAVs for construction monitoring, where you might want to do it on a daily basis.”
He also said volume calculation, for mining applications, has been popular already. “You can get very precise volume estimations of stockpiles, which is almost impossible with traditional measurements,” Rhodin said. “Laser scanning is very good for that as well, but you often need to get on top to get an accurate reading. You’re also with a UAV out of the way of the normal working of the site – you don’t get in the way.”
Of course, applications are still being developed nearly every day. “I think your imagination is the limit here,” KaarbonTech are determined to push forward many of these new applications for UAV over the coming years.