Regrarians UAV Mapping Service (‘RUAV’)
Advancements in UAV surveying & mapping technology have been rapid over the 6 years that Regrarians have working in this field.
Regrarians own capabilities in this field have increased and we’re pleased to be able to offer members of the Regrarians Workplace access to this service.
RUAV Mapping Service Overview
- You have access to a DJI UAV – e.g. Mavic, Phantom
- You will use the Google Earth Pro, GoogleDrive, DroneDeploy, DJI Go 4 and Regrarians Workplace Chat apps
- You work with Regrarians to generate a flight plan (s) that suits your mapping needs
- You or other parties under your direction fly the UAV over the site you want mapped
- You establish Ground Control Points (‘GCP’) using precision surveying equipment (e.g. RTK GNSS, Total Station)
- You upload the images collected to a GoogleDrive folder and share this folder with Regrarians
- We process this imagery for you
- We upload all of the processed maps to your GoogleDrive folder.
- To start the process you pay the RUAV fee and we’ll work with you closely to create a fantastic set of maps.
- If you choose the RFly package we do the planning, GCP’s, flying and processing
RUAV Mapping Packages
RUAV Precision — USD$170 per flight*
- Slower Flight/More Batteries
- Lower Altitude (20-75m)
- Higher Overlap (70%)
- Sharper Resolution
- Maximum 3000 images/flight*
- Plant Health (RGB – VARI)
- 3D Model
Finished Georeferenced File Formats
- Plant Health
- 3D Model (DSM)
Adding Ground Control Points (GCP) increases the accuracy of your maps.
You will need to supply the data for this.
This article will tell you all you need to know about using GCP’s with UAV’s.
What do you need to do?
- Capture the GCP’s of the site you’re mapping using accurate ground survey equipment (e.g. RTK GPS & Total Station)
- The GCP’s coordinates must be supplied in metric and using either the Web Mercator Projection (EPSG 3857) or WGS 84 (EPSG 4326) projections
- Locate all of these GCP’s on a GoogleEarthPro map and include this in your GoogleDrive map folder
- When you’ve completed your flight please supply a map locating your GCP’s along with a .csv file
*120m (400′) is the highest altitude a UAV can fly in many jurisdictions. Always ensure that your use of a UAV is compliant.
*A RUAV Flight consists of 3000 images or less per map
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See the difference!
Following are some comparison topographic maps of the same sites using three (3) different sets of map data:
Photogrammetry is not new!
Since the World War 2 most of the topographic maps that people use have had the contours derived from a process known as photogrammetry.
Preparing topographic maps using large format aerial photos remains a highly skilled task though in the digital age it is processors not humans who create the contour lines.
This process has become even more accurate than before and is what the RUAV process uses to create its contour data.
When Ground Control Points (GCP’s) are applied to the process the resulting contour lines are very accurate.
Its great that we’ve come to a point in time where anyone with access to a good quality consumable UAV can create low-cost, fast, high resolutions of the type that the RUAV service provides.
Up to Date, High Resolution Aerial Photos
Google Earth Pro and other online mapping services mostly use satellite images.
They are great services and have revolutionised the way people access and interact with maps.
How often though have you looked at a place and found that the image is old and not as clear as you would like, or there’s cloud cover and so on?
The RUAV service changes all of that with anyone able to access good quality consumable UAV now being able to create fantastic aerial photos captured at low altitude (below the clouds!) on they days that work for you and what you want the aerial for.
Here’s some examples of the difference in resolution available between RUAV processed maps and the latest imagery available from Google Earth Pro:
REGRARIANS COMPLIES – YOU HAVE TO TOO!!
UAV’s share airspace with other regulated aircraft. Its important that you follow your local regulations as the penalties can be severe.
There are some excellent apps available to help you too:
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