DroneMapper Supporting ConservationDrones.Org Team

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Lian Pin Koh and Serge Wich are doing some really interesting work with Drones. They have created a non profit organization called Conservation Drones (conservationdrones.org) with a mission to develop low-cost tools for conservation and research workers in developing countries! Here is a bit more in their own words:

“Conservation Drones are inexpensive, autonomous and operator-friendly unmanned aerial vehicles for surveying and mapping forests and biodiversity. Non-technical operators can program each mission by defining waypoints along a flight path using an open-source software.”

“We believe that Conservation Drones have great potential for environmental and conservation applications, which include near real-time mapping of local land cover, monitoring of illegal forest activities, and surveying of large animal species.”

See the screenshots below of an Orangutan nest photograpped in 2D using a Conservation Drones UAV. DroneMapper processed this imagery into an orthomosaic scene, digital elevation model, digital surface model and 3D Point Cloud (3D Model). The flight contained 18 NADIR images obtained with a Canon Powershot SX230 HS at an elevation of 80m above jungle canopy.

We look forward to our work with Lian and Serge in the future!

Full Orthomosaic


Orthomosaic – Nest Close

3D Point Cloud / PLY in Meshlab.

Press Release: DroneMapper Imagery Processing Service

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2012-06-01

Big Mountain Robotics, LLC based in Longmont, Colorado is proud to announce the public release of DroneMapper. The DroneMapper system is a cloud based imagery processing service that turns your 2D aerial images into high resolution geo-referenced Digital Elevation Models, Digital Surface Models, Orthomosaic Maps, 3D Point Clouds and more. Our system offers a wide array of photogrammetry tools including intrinsic calibration, camera adjustment, advanced aerial triangulation, bundle block adjustment, imagery rectification, geo-referencing, and flight tracking at a fraction of the traditional cost. The platform generates very high resolution results with off the shelf consumer quality cameras and affordable UAV hardware. Any UAV or Drone platform is supported with an attached flight controller log, or the pilot may simply geotag each aerial image.

DroneMapper.com will process up to 15 images for free, building a very high resolution geo-referenced DEM, DSM, and Orthomosaic. The resulting output is loaded into any of the popular GIS software packages allowing for accurate contour generation, length, area, volume, cut, fill and elevation measurements.

Early testing with multiple UAV manufacturers has yield excellent results and landed us on the radar of many big name GIS and GPS providers. The DroneMapper web service is based on custom in-house algorithms and freely available open source tools. Imagery is processed on the Amazon EC2 cloud computing cluster resulting in quick turn around and high precision.
 
For customers who require a non cloud based solution, we offer a Linux based hardware appliance with our software installed. This rack mounted appliance can be installed in your local data center or your secure network, ensuring top level security and privacy for sensitive data.

For more information, questions, sample data, service comparisons and downloads please visit http://dronemapper.com

info[at]dronemapper[dot]com