Category Archives: Inspection

Laser Scanning – Based Bridge Assessment

The Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University has released a report that considers the performance of terrestrial laser scanners as a means to automatically detect cracks when carrying out bridge structural condition assessments. This research project proposed to measure … Continue reading

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UAS Product Lines Being Developed

Maybe I missed these product developments in the overall din that surrounds the UAS industry, but in putting together the AUVSI XPONENTIAL conference preview I could not help but notice that Leica Geosystems and Topcon are both investing heavily in … Continue reading

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Automatic Asset Inspection

O.K. here’s a new business category that I think you are going to see a lot more of  – automatic asset inspection. In this case it is for power line inspection with a UAS equipped with a lidar sensor and … Continue reading

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The Integrated 3D Site

Thanks to Terry Bennett at Autodesk for this impressive video of what appears to be a very powerful, yet easy to use UAS that has been tightly integrated with Civil 3D and more. The UAS is the 3DR Solo with … Continue reading

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ASTM UAS Inspection Standard

The ASTM task group on façade inspections introduced E3036, Guide for Notating Façade Conditions in the Field, and proposed WK52572, Guide for Visual Inspection of Building Facades Using Drones to better building façade inspections. E3036 provides standard notation, syntax, and … Continue reading

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Delta Drone Completes Antenna Inspections

Delta Drone is a company based in France that you may want to check out since they are allowed to offer inspection services using a civilian UAS. They just announced the successful completion of its first 100 inspections of wireless-network … Continue reading

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Utility As-Builts – Mandate Needed

I am writing a paper for an upcoming conference being sponsored by a new ASCE institute – Utility Engineering and Survey Institute, or UESI. The topic I am pursuing is the use of mobile lidar to collect as-built utility locations. … Continue reading

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Augmented Reality From Daqri

Daqri is a 250 person start-up that has identified an augmented reality (AR)  target market that unlike Google is not fashion dependent. If you don’t think that makes a difference then you only need to look at Google glass to … Continue reading

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Laser Scanning, UAS and Cell Towers

Inspecting the connections of a cell phone tower is dangerous work. That’s why PRENAV uses 3D laser scanning to first build a model of the tower so that the UAV can be flown close enough to get the needed resolution. … Continue reading

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Lidar – Guided UAVs

Seven small lasers on board a Riser beam 40,000 pulses of infra-red light a second into the aircraft’s surroundings. Continue reading

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