A summary of the pros and cons of the various techniques is provided in the figure below:
In the workflow, we generate (or could generate) data in the following formats:
Other data that LP360 sUAS can create and export:
If accurate ground control is used, the accuracy achievable with any of our MKs is as good as or better than controlled aerial photogrammetry. We routinely achieve accuracies on the order of 4 cm in both horizontal and vertical, even with difficult surface materials such as cold mix asphalt and kaolin.
We recommend a high end laptop computer (so it can be used for field processing) containing an NVidia Graphics Processing Unit, GPU (this is used to accelerate the point cloud extraction processing). We have a recommendation for a laptop that has performed very well for us on our knowledge base. This laptop costs about $2,750.
All drones supported by our mapping kit fly via an automated program for data collection. All systems include a set of automated reactions to critical events such as low battery, loss of telemetry link, exceeding a 3D geofence and so forth. Thus no flying skills are needed for routine missions and most anomalies. The software process is quite straightforward. It is very helpful if the user has knowledge of basic mapping and is comfortable in learning new computer software. Of course, a more sophisticated background is helpful when diagnosing problems. For example, an unskilled user could successfully process a routine project but would have difficulty with a root cause analysis for a problem such as vertical error exceeding a threshold. Many mines/quarries typically employ personnel with basic surveying skills. These persons would be ideal for operating the MMKs and processing data.
The BYOD MK is a “bring your own drone” system. We offer web-based training (included with the BYOD MK) where we provide details on flying the drone, using our supplied mission planning and control software.
The BYOD MK collection parameters depend, of course, on the drone you are using.
The total collection and processing time, including mission planning, flying and data processing would range from 4 to 6 hours (excluding travel time) if a computer equivalent to our recommendation is employed.
The BYOD MK is a software only system. The first year of maintenance is included in the kit. The out-year maintenance is approximately 20% of the purchase price. It includes all software updates as well as access to monthly training webinars.
No problem. Check with us to see if your drone and camera are supported by our mission planning/control software. If so, the BYOD Mapping Kit is the right solution for you.
AirGon Reckon is a complete cloud-based ecosystem for hosting and delivering volumetric analysis and related site data to the end use customer.
The current version of Reckon (May 2015) provides storage for:
Reckon supports downloading volumetric report data as an Excel spreadsheet or as a printable pdf document. It also supports downloading of general files that have been stored with a site (accuracy reports, general notes, etc.).
All vector data (volumetric polygons, control points, etc.) and all files that have been stored in the “Reports” section of the site.
Yes, this is a very powerful feature of Reckon. Data can be designated as “temporal” when posted to Reckon. This allows you to view the changes of a site over time or go back in time to a point of interest to examine conditions at that time.
Yes. Reckon is hosted in Amazon Web Services (AWS). As such, it is outside the firewalls of all involved parties (the data publisher, the data consumer and AirGon). Sites of individual customers are completely isolated within AWS from one another. The system includes a self-service set of administration tools that allow end users to grant and revoke access to individual users. Reckon uses Amazon’s various storage systems for hosting data. These storage systems are maintained and backed up by Amazon. While loss of data is always a possibility, only the most sophisticated of IT organizations could match the integrity of the AWS infrastructure.
Absolutely. The two fundamental design principals behind Reckon are ease of use and scalability. Reckon is infinitely (well, within the constraints of AWS!) scalable.
Reckon includes tools for both the data publishers and the data consumers. These tools are very simple to use and are directly accessible via the web.
Reckon is a subscription service. The price is based on the number of sites that are being maintained by the customer and the total data stored by the customer.
The current pricing model is (this is subject to change):
No. Reckon is hosted in Amazon Web Services and is available only as a subscription model.
The Reckon revenue sharing model is designed for service providers who are performing volumetric analysis (or site surveys) for end-use customers using the MMK and are authorized AirGon Service Providers. An example would be a surveyor who is performing volumetric analysis for a number of different mining/quarry companies. This service provider will receive a percentage of the monthly Reckon hosting fees being paid by the end-use customers. This is an excellent way for service providers to participate in annuity revenue without the overhead of managing their own storage and delivery systems.
Yes, a Service Provider can select from one of two billing methods for Reckon. If you wish to maintain all customer relationships, AirGon will bill you for Reckon and you, in turn, will bill your customers. This allows you to use Reckon in a variety of ways such as building the fees into an overall volumetrics service subscription. Your Reckon invoices will identify charges on a per customer basis.
If you do not want to become involved in the billing process, you can ask AirGon to directly bill your customers for Reckon services. You would still post data to the customer site and do other management actions on behalf of your customers but AirGon would directly bill the customer.
Absolutely. Reckon is a critical technology of AirGon with a very active development team. We will be responsive to customer needs as Reckon continues to evolve. For example, we have already had requests to use Reckon to “close” the deliver cycle between data collector and mine site operators (that is, to allow mine site operators to ‘order’ a volumetric analysis of specific areas of a site via Reckon).
Loki is a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Post-Process Kinematic (PPK) direct geopositioning hardware & software solution for low cost DJI drones as well as custom drones using digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras such as Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc. It is aimed at the high accuracy drone mapping community.