The use of drones to perform what in many cases are high risk, infrastructure inspections is on the rise. From bridges to pipelines to high voltage transmission towers drones equipped with the right sensor can keep inspectors out of harms way.
From Steven Perez in a Skyward blog post.
In America and overseas, the built environment shows signs of strain. Major bridges have buckled, energy grid outages from severe weather are now common, and dams have failed. It’s the result of several factors: population growth, climate change, and worn out infrastructure systems. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates the U.S. alone needs $3.6 trillion in infrastructure investment by 2020 just to bring the country’s support systems to acceptable levels.
Posted in 3D Modeling, airborne LiDAR, Construction, Feature Extraction, Infrastructure, Inspection, Laser Scanning, Lidar, Mapping, Mobile LiDAR, Robots, Sensors, UAS, UAVs
Tagged ASCE, drones, railroads, Skyward, structures, Transportation Agencies
Two separate articles this week referred to the use of 3D laser scanning to improve one’s health. In the first case it was in support of the shape of an infant’s head and the second better design of hearing aids.
From an article by Jordan Verdadeiro at West Dakota Fox
Any abnormalities in a child will be scary for a parent. There are a set of twins from Harvey who were born healthy, but who’s heads began to flatten. Jordan Verdadeiro spoke with the family and a certified orthotist who is helping get these baby boy’s head shape back how it should be.
3D Laser Scanning Used to Fit Helmets
This is Bausten and Huxley, and these twins are in cranial remolding helmets. Their father, Cayle Paulson says they were born two months early.
“They spent their first five weeks in the nic-u here in Bismarck, so through time at home and sleeping on their back, they slowly kind of developed a flatness on the back of their head,” said Paulson.
Having just watched the video below I am at a nearly total loss for words to describe what this underwater drone is capable of doing.
Since my days in earning my Ph.D. in marine geotechnical engineering I have known that the engineering required for offshore platforms is among the most demanding in the world. Space exploration and nuclear power are right up there, but I am biased towards offshore. The Eelume “snake” is just another example of the sophistication of the offshore industry.
From an article in SPE – Oil Gas Facilities.
Underwater Drone Eelume
Equinor is installing an underwater drone in Norway’s Trondheim Fjord for testing and will soon deploy it for seabed maintenance work at the Asgard field in the Norwegian Sea.
The company developing the drone as well as the drone itself are named Eelume. The drone is described by the company as a snake-like, self-propelled robotic arm “whose slender and flexible body can transit over long distances.” It consists of several modules that allow it to be connected in different combinations to form various types of vehicles. Sensors and tools can be mounted anywhere on the drone.
Posted in 3D Modeling, artificial intelligence, Autonomous vehicles, computer vision, Data, driverless vehicles, Environmental, Inspection, Laser Scanning, Lidar, Orgs, remote sensing, Robots, Sensors, Technology, Uncategorized
Tagged Asgard Field, autonomy, Eelume, Equinor, Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norwegina Sea, Offshore Oil Platform, pipelines, SINTEF, Trondheim Fjord, Underwater drone
Ship building is being transformed from 2D paper to 3D digital models. Even decades-old aircraft carriers are being mapped onto digital models at Newport News Shipbuilding.
From an article in Defense One.
Ship Building in 3D (Chris Oxley, Huntington Ingalls Industries
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — When the USS George Washington took shape here in the late 1980s, endless paper blueprints guided the welders and shipfitters of Newport News Shipbuilding. Now, with the aircraft carrier back in a drydock for its midlife overhaul, shipyard workers are laser-scanning its spaces and bulkheads.
Posted in 3D Modeling, artificial intelligence, BIM, Business Development, Digital Transformation, Inspection, Laser Scanning, military, Robots, Software, Technology
Tagged 3Dl laser scanning, Newport News Shipbuilding, U.S. Navy
Mariah Scott, the President of Skyward testified before Congress last September making the case for remote identification of drones which can be likened to digital license plates.
Digital License Plates for Drones
From the Skyward website.
There’s just one problem. Without a system for universal air traffic management – which would allow air traffic controllers and law enforcement to understand where drones are flying and for what purpose – utilities, telecommunications companies, engineering firms, and freight carriers can’t safely deploy autonomous drones, even if they are connected to 5G.
Posted in Business Development, Data, Digital Transformation, Government, Mapping, Research, Sensors, Technology, UAS, UAVs
Tagged 5G, air traffic control, aviation, drones, FAA, remote identification, Skyward
Lithium batteries provide relatively short duration flights and are restricted on most commercial airlines; internal combustion engines create air and noise pollution. Are hydrogen fuel cells going to provide the best option?
Hydrogen Fuel Cells
From an article in sUAS News.
Like batteries, fuel cells are a source of DC power, and are clean and quiet. Unlike batteries, their power comes from converting a fuel—hydrogen—into energy. Unlike batteries they provide greater power output for longer. For drone operators, using fuel cells means more flying time.
There are two important announcements from the USIBD this week. The first is the availability of a free white paper with advice on how to select a building documentation professional. The second is you need to register now to save $250 off the registration fee for the USIBD Symposium this September in St. Louis, MO.
How to Select a Building Documentation Pro White Paper
The U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) is pleased to publish its first white paper entitled, Building Better Within Existing Conditions. This paper’s purpose is to help determine whether it makes sense to hire a Building Documentation Professional and, if so, how to go about selecting them.
Posted in 3D Modeling, BIM, Business Development, Conferences, Construction, Data, Education, Historic Preservation, Indoor Mapping, Laser Scanning, Mapping, Marketing, Orgs, point clouds, Standards, The Industry, training
Tagged BIMForum, building documentation, COBie, USIBD, white paper
Not familiar with WeWork? They are like ride sharing companies Uber or Lyft, but their game is sharing downtown office space.
WeWork Office Space
Co-founders Adam Neuman, who had started a baby clothes business and Miguel McKelvey an architect worked in the same building in Brooklyn, NY. They both noticed that a large part of the building was vacant. After a lot of effort they convinced the landlord to let them open a co-working space for entrepreneurs in 2008.
Posted in 3D Modeling, BIM, Construction, Indoor Mapping, Laser Scanning, Mapping, Quality
Tagged Green Desk, Israel, reality capture, Sharing, WeWork