The Advantages Of Drone Lidar Survey

Drone LiDAR surveys are an innovative way to gather highly detailed and accurate geospatial data. LiDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, uses laser pulses to measure distances to the Earth's surface, generating precise 3D models and maps. When mounted on a drone, LiDAR technology can efficiently capture terrain, infrastructure, vegetation, and other environmental features with remarkable accuracy and speed.

These surveys are particularly valuable in various industries like construction, agriculture, forestry, urban planning, and archaeology. They offer advantages such as:

  1. High Precision: Drone-mounted LiDAR systems can capture precise data points, providing detailed and accurate representations of landscapes or structures.
  2. Efficiency: Drones equipped with LiDAR can cover large areas quickly, reducing time and costs compared to traditional surveying methods.
  3. Versatility: They can capture data in different terrains and environments, including densely vegetated areas, which might be challenging for other surveying techniques.
  4. Data Richness: LiDAR surveys produce dense point clouds that can be used for various applications, such as creating 3D models, assessing terrain changes, or monitoring infrastructure.

However, while extremely effective, LiDAR surveys can be complex. They require skilled operators to manage the drone, LiDAR system, and subsequent data processing. Additionally, weather conditions like heavy rain, fog, or strong winds can impact data accuracy.

Before conducting a LiDAR survey, it's important to consider factors such as the survey area, required resolution, data processing methods, and regulatory compliance (since drone operations often have specific legal requirements).

If you're considering a LiDAR survey, it might be helpful to connect with specialized firms or professionals experienced in drone-based LiDAR data collection and analysis. They can guide you through the process and help ensure the survey meets your specific needs and goals.

FDL-52A drone lidar system

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FDL-52A  lidar system for mapping

FDL-52A drone lidar system is equipped with Riegl VUX-1LR long range light laser scanner, Applanix high-precision IMU/GPS system APX-20, 20 million pixel camera system, and large-capacity intelligent control unit. The total weight is only 5 kg, which is suitable for A variety of platforms are carried and used, especially vertical take-off and landing fixed-wing UAVs for long-endurance flight and large-area data acquisition. At the same time, GL-52A is also very convenient to convert into an in-vehicle system for various mobile lidar applications.

The FDL-52A drone lidar system has a compact and concise design. All components are integrated into the box. The shell is made of imported hard and wear-resistant light-weight materials. The control port is designed ingeniously. The installation only requires 4 ports, which is convenient and quick to carry with the drone. The equipment is simple to operate, large storage capacity, equipped with intelligent data acquisition software, automatic data acquisition, combined with color point cloud software to quickly obtain large-area high-precision three-dimensional data, it is an ideal choice for large-area UAV lidar surveying and mapping projects.

Working voltage: 14V-30V
Maximum power consumption: 85W
Size: 34.1cmx29cmx12.7cm
Weight: 5kg
Working temperature: -5℃-40℃
Storage temperature: -10℃-50℃
Laser class: Class 1
Wavelength: Near infrared
Laser beam dispersion angle: 0.5mrad
Ranging: 5m~1350m
Maximum scanning angle: 330° (adjustable)
Pulse frequency: 820Khz
Scanning mechanism: rotating prism
Pitch/roll accuracy: 0.015°
Heading accuracy: 0.035°
Sampling frequency: 200Hz
Satellite positioning system: support GPS, GLONASS, GALIEO, BEIDOU
Image sensor: CMOS APS-C
Camera Resolution: 20M
Control unit: Windows 10
Storage capacity: can support continuous 8-hour data collection
Scanning bandwidth: 1500m
Work efficiency: One sortie can complete 100 square kilometers data collection