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eBee Drones Assess Post-Hurricane Damage

Published July 22nd 2017

A common challenge that organisations face when adopting drone technology is choosing platforms that are simple enough for several staff to operate, rather than only one technical manager having the knowledge required to put the company’s UAS resource to work. One such company, Aerial Applications of Pennsylvania, tackled this challenge by adopting senseFly eBee drones en masse, creating an operator-friendly fleet in order to service a time-sensitive damage assessment contract. Waypoint caught up with the firm’s director of policy, Jeff Brooks, to explore this adoption decision and how its system choice impacted its team’s performance on the ground (read the full case study here). Prior to October 2016, Aerial Applications primarily assigned its data collection work to a nationwide network of independent drone pilots, who would operate their own preferred aircraft on-site. However when the firm was awar... Read More »


Drone-Based Powerline Inspections In Norway

Published July 12th 2017

In many regions of Norway, access to powerlines is difficult, so helicopters are often deployed to inspect the grid. But power utilities are increasingly becoming aware of the potential of drone-based inspections as a cost-effective and powerful method of obtaining data about the condition of the grid – especially when the software to store, share and analyse the images already exists. Skånevik Ølen Kraftlag is one of the first power suppliers to test the concept in Norway along with drone operators Funtek – and the results are looking good! Funtek Is Specialised In Infrastructure Inspections Funtek is a Norwegian drone operating company, offering drone-based inspections of powerlines, wind turbines and other critical infrastructure. To store and analyse the vast amounts of data generated by drone inspections, Funtek are using software developed by Scopito, a Danish specialist IT developer focusing on making infrastructure inspect... Read More »


Aero Enterprise: Innovative concepts for the inspection of wind turbines

Published July 10th 2017

Linz, 11th July 2017. The Austrian start-up company Aero Enterprise was awarded for the "Austria's Born Global Champion" prize on 26th June for its outstanding contribution to the internationalization of Austrian business. With this award, the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber honours young, globally active companies that offer innovative products and services and are growing fast internationally. Just three days later, Aero Enterprise was ranked as a finalist in the TOP 3 for its industry-wide innovative concepts in the category "Industry 4.0" for the German Aviation Innovation Award. Pioneer in airborne quality assurance The innovative company has developed the world's first airborne quality assurance system for wind turbine inspection including analysis software. The unmanned, semi-automatic mini-helicopter SensorCopter provides plant builders, service providers and operators with high-resolution images and infrared data, which they can evaluate... Read More »


DJI AND DRONEBASE STANDARDISE REAL ESTATE MARKETING

Published June 1st 2017

Keller Williams, the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count, partnered with DroneBase to provide quality aerial images and videos using DJI drones such as the Inspire 1, Phantom 4 and Phantom 3 Professional. This partnership allows Keller Williams’ over 120,000 agents worldwide to more easily and affordably market their listings with beautiful drone photography. CHALLENGE: As part of staying ahead in the Real Estate industry, Keller Williams constantly searches for new technology to provide its associates with a competitive advantage. When it came to using drones to capture more informative photography for listing properties, Keller Williams saw DJI’s cutting edge drone technology as a possible solution. Individually, Keller Williams Associates were experimenting with drone technology. However, the early fragmented market of different systems and service providers resulted in a wide range of quality,price and turnaround times. Although agents realized d... Read More »


DJI and Datumate Map Historical Site in Record Time

Published June 1st 2017

When Israeli authorities made the decision to open up one of Jerusalem’s heritage sites to the public, the 80,000 square meter area first needed to be thoroughly mapped to aid in future restoration efforts. As opening the site was a government priority, the surveying firm would need to finish mapping the area in just 90 days and at a competitive price. The company winning the bid to map the site compared traditional processes with a UAV-based approach that leveraged DJI airframes and Datumate’s Datugram3D software. This significantly more efficient and cost-effective approach was able to complete the project in time while costing 7 times less than using solely total stations and 5 times less than using 3D laser scanners. CHALLENGE: As Israeli authorities made the decision to open up the site of an ancient village near Jerusalem of significant historical value for tourism, an accurate map of the site was first needed to in order to be able to restore it in case of dama... Read More »