Use Case_Counting over 4,000 Pelican Nests in 30 Minutes on Queen Bess Island, Louisiana, USA

Use Case_Counting over 4,000 Pelican Nests in 30 Minutes on Queen Bess Island, Louisiana, USA

Use Case - Counting Over 4,000 Pelican Nests in 30 Minutes on Queen Bess Island, Louisiana, USA

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The setting

The goal of the mission was to automate the process of counting pelican nests on Queen Bess Island, Louisiana, USA.

The Trinity F90+ drone was used to map the island off of coastal Louisiana that is critically important for brown pelicans, and other seabird, nesting. Traditional surveys at the islands are done on foot and with airplanes, but the Nelson Ecosystem Lab at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette wanted to apply new count methods and automate the counting process. The Trinity platform allows the researchers to access these remote islands and count the pelican nests while avoiding disturbing these delicate habitats.

 

The individual mission challenges were:

  • Flying at an altitude that avoids any disturbance to the birds and achieve a pixel size of less than 2.5 cm.
  • Mapping the entire island, about 17 ha, creating a mosaic in Pix4D
  • Counting nests using object-based image analysis in eCognition and pairing it with on the ground survival and breeding information from other bird researchers

Use Case Location

The story of pelicans and Queen Bess Island

The island was recently restored by the State of Louisiana because it was rapidly eroding. Louisiana loses lots of marshes each year, but this island is very important for pelicans (the official state bird) and supports 15-20% of all nests in the entire state. The restoration project was a big deal and cost about 19 million USD funded by BP oil spill money.

6,600 pelican nests were estimated in 2018 when only 2 out of 15 hectares were habitable for nesting, prior to restoration. Most of the island was becoming open water and limiting the nesting area. Sand was pumped in, rock barriers installed, and new vegetation planted to keep the island in place. Restoration is an important research topic in Louisiana because it occurs on such a large, coast wide scale, and it is difficult to predict how animals might respond to construction.

 

 

Drones combined with object-based image analysis are the tools of choice for counting pelican nests

Officials were excited to see pelicans using the island earlier in spring 2020 which made The University of Louisiana decide it was a priority for a drone survey. Ph.D. James Nelson and J. Mason Harris from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Biology, chose a Quantum-Systems Trinity F90+ drone with Sony UMC Camera to count nests using object-based image analysis in eCognition. They came up with 4,320 nests on their first count. J. Nelson and J. Harris were working with pelican researchers to examine and double-check the numbers.

“The Trinity’s speed and accuracy is simply not matched by any other UAS platform we have ever worked with.”

James Nelson Ph.D.

Endowed Professor of Environmental Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Biology

The mission was a success because of proper planning, execution, and minimal disturbance to wildlife. The UAV’s mapping capabilities allowed the researchers to study the site quickly and more effectively. The real value of the data is how it can be paired with on the ground survival and breeding information from other bird researchers to test small-scale patterns over the entire island using drone surveying.

The object-based image analysis approach helped make the counts more efficient. Nests were outlined very well using eCognition’s segmentation algorithms. After figuring out the appropriate scale and parameters, John M. Harris was able to effectively delineate nests from other objects and identify them based on spectral and geometric features. Since some nesting areas were more densely populated than others, he had to use multiple rounds of segmentation and classification. The object-based approach increased accuracy because different sections of the island could be classified using slightly different methods.

Contact:

James Nelson Ph.D.

Endowed Professor of Environmental Biology

Department of Biology
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
PO Box 43602
Lafayette, LA 70504

J. Mason Harris

Sea Grant Graduate Research Scholar

Ecosystems Ecology Lab
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Facts & Figures

Altitude:
80 m AGL | 262.5 ft

Flight time:
30 min

Resolution

GSD:
2.5 cm | 0.98 inch

Camera

Camera:
Sony UMC-R10C

Area

Area:
17,4 ha | 43 acres

Wind

Wind:
5 m/s | 9.7 kn

Pictures taken

Pictures:
1302

Overlap

Overlap:
Side 80 %
Forward 60 %

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Trinity F90+ The mapping drone for professional users

Trinity F90+ The mapping drone for professional users

Trinity F90Plus mapping drone

The eVTOL fixed-wing mapping drone for professionals

Starting with the first version of the Trinity in 2017, we provided the basis for a highly efficient and at the same time affordable eVTOL UAS without compromising on features.

The Trinity F90+ leverages this platform and improves many aspects to offer professional users, even more, functionality at an excellent value for money resulting in a high return of invest

  • 90+ minutes*/ 60 minutes flight time
  • wide range of high precision sensors, e.g. dual RGB & NDVI payload and 42 MP HighRes RGB
  • PPK including Quantum-System iBase ground reference station powered by u-blox
  • Powerful motors for even more reserves in all situations
  • Live Air Traffic (ADS-B) incl. QBase 3D Mission Planning
  • 2.4 GHz telemetry with up to 7 km command & control range
  • Optional ADS-B Mode-S transponder
* subject to export regulation, may require export permission

High performance.
Safe and easy operation.
Convincing ROI.

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eVTOL mapping UAV with extended flight time of 90 min

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Intuitive Mission planning and implementation

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RGB, Multispectral, Thermal & LiDAR payloads availabe

Discover our eVTOL innovation

A drone is a drone? It is not that simple.

 

The Quantum-Systems eVTOL fixed-wing  sUAS unite the convenient handling of a multi-rotor drone and the efficient aerodynamics of an airplane into one system – making them unique.  

“Automatic transition aircraft” is how Quantum-Systems calls this innovative and patented category of dronesAfter the vertical take-off and reaching the desired flight altitude, the drone has a short phase of transition. During this transition phase, the rotors, driven by electric motors, swivel from the vertical take-off position to a horizontal flight position. The patent for this innovative swivel mechanism and the unique transition technology was granted in 2012. 

Our sUAS fly as efficiently as a fixed-wing airplanbut allow for the easy vertical take-off and landing like a multi-rotor drone. No runway and no extra equipment are needed for take-off or landingThey land smoothly and controlled on their shock absorbing landing gear. This means reduced harm on the sUAS and sensors for an extended product life. 

All our systems are designedengineered and manufactured in Germany. We operate out of our Headquarter in Gilching, close to Munich, ensuring short communication lines between the key functions.  

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Easy and safe handling

A push of a button is enough and the UAV will do its assigned job. The remote control has a clean layout without confusing switches and levers. The TrinityF90+ and the remote controller work together seamlessly to get your job done automatically, while still providing emergency override capabilities.

Thanks to Quantum’s sophisticated electric VTOL design your investment is never in danger due to a flawed hand launch or a rough belly landing.

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Reliable and integrated design

We designed the TrinityF90+ as a product that meets the requirements of professionals. We started from scratch with a highly integrated industrial product in mind.

You can see the result in every detail, such as the optimized electric layout, the efficient cargo container or the clean finish of the outer shell. It truly showcases the best of German engineering.

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Longest flight time in its class

The ability to switch to gliding mode enables the TrinityF90+ to directly benefit from an enhanced long range capability. We dedicated many hours to optimize the wing geometry to push the glide ratio to an astounding 14:1!

Using only one specially-designed motor in the rear fuselage increases the flight time far beyond current industrial UAVs by reducing energy consumption to a minimum.

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Small footprint

The TrinityF90+ comes “ready to fly” (RTF) in a moulded transport case which offers enough space for the whole package with room to add two optional battery packs, accessories, and a tablet PC.

A padded cover with convenient carrying options makes it easy to transport the package to the farthest operation area. At a size of 100x83x27cm it can be stowed away easily.

The features in detail


New high performance motors

New motor configuration for longer flight time and higher payload capacity


Trinity F90+ Payload

Multiple payload configurations for professional mapping tasks


Integrated PPK capability for better accuracy

Integrated PPK capability for better accuracy


Trinity F90+ landing gear

Trinity F90+ landing gear for more suspension


Increased battery capacity for longer flight time & more payload options

Increased battery capacity for longer flight time & more payload options


2.4 GHz telemetry

2.4 GHz telemetry for long range operation


cooling system

Integrated cooling system for more temperature stability in harsh conditions


airspeed sensor

Easy to assemble and clean airspeed sensor

Large coverage.

More survey data in less time.

Whether in the agricultural sector, in the mining business or when inspecting industrial plants and construction progress, more data can be recorded in shorter time than it was previously possible with conventional systems.

The Trinity F90+ demonstrates its range advantage in comparison to classic multicopters and other fixed-wing drones due to the longer flight time and covers up to 20 times larger areas. The larger the area to be covered, the more attractive the use of the Trinity F90+ gets.

Up to

100 km

(62 mi) flight range
Up to

7.5 km

command & control range
Map up to

700 ha

@1.26 inch/px GSD (3.2 cm/px) at 120 m AGL
Flight time

90+ min

(if unlocked)

QBase 3D - Mission Planning. Flight Monitoring & Data Post-Processing

QBase 3D is the most convenient platform to plan aerial survey missions with Quantum-Systems UAS.

It automatically generates efficient flight paths after the observation areas and the mission parameters have been defined with just a few clicks. This allows the operator to be up and flying within no-time, saving valuable resources.

You are in complete control. QBase 3D provides accurate information on aircraft and mission status to ensure flight safety and mission success.

iBase - GNSS Reference Station

iBase is an entry level GNSS reference station. It automatically logs GNSS reference measurements on the ground to a file on a micro SD card. This file enables the post processing software to do PPK processing of the data collected in flight. All Quantum-Systems Trinity F90+ UAS are equipped with the accessories required for doing PPK. This includes iBASE, cabling, and QBase 3D for post processing.

The whole system is supplied complete with all accessories for autonomous use.

Choose from a variety of available payloads

All payloads available for the Trinity F90+ are compatible without compromise and can be exchanged within seconds. RGB, multispectral, thermal & LiDAR, you decide.

Experience the Trinity in 360° first person view

Technical Specs Trinity F90+

All Trinity F90+ are “C3 Ready”!

With the harmonization of drone rules within Europe, the EASA has divided unmanned aircraft into different drone classes (EU 2019/947).

When operated in the open category, the Trinity F90+ is classified as a C3 drone. As the Trinity F90+ meets all requirements of the C3 class all new units will bear a “C3 Ready” logo. The process for official classification has been started and will be completed once the EASA has completed the accreditation of the notified bodies.

What do you need to know?

All Trinity F90+ meet the requirements of the C3 class and all units starting Q1/2022 will carry a “C3 Ready” label on the main body. Every customer with a Trinity F90+ can contact the Quantum-Systems Support Team to enquire the retrofitting possibility of the UAV to a C3 certified one, with an over the air update.

Remote ID for TrinityF90+

Starting with April1st, 2022, all Trinity F90+ drones will be equipped with a Remote ID module integrated into the payload. 

Any interested party can access the Remote ID system via a smartphone app to view relevant data about the drone, its operator, and current flight data, such as speed, altitude, position.  

The Remote ID module will also be available as a retrofit option for every Trinity F90+ regardless of the purchase date. Giving the pilots the chance to upgrade their aircraft when they have to.  

Trinity F90Plus dimensions

Technical Data & Downloads

Max. Take-off Weight5.0 kg (11.0 lbs)
Max. Flight Time90+ min*
60 min (locked)
Max. Range (Area Coverage)100 km = 700 ha
(62 mi = 1730 ac)
Maximum Flight Altitude (MSL)4500 m (14763.8 ft)
Command and Control Range
** under optimal conditions
5 – 7.5 km** (3.1 – 4.7 mi)
Payload (with compartment)max. 700 g (1.54 lbs)
Optimal Cruise Speed17 m/s (33 kn)
Wind Tolerance (ground)up to 9 m/s (17.5 kn) <1500m MSL
up to 7 m/s / (13,6 kn) 1500m - 3000m MSL
up to 5 m/s / (9.7 kn) >3000m MSL
Wind Tolerance (cruise) up to 12 m / s (23.3 kn)
Battery Weight1.5 kg (3.3 lbs)
Telemetry Link & RC Transmitter Frequency2.4 GHz
Telemetry Link (QBase Modem) Powermax. 100 mW
Operating Temperature Range-12 °C to 50 °C
(10.4 °F to 122 °F)
Wingspan2.394 m (7.85 ft)
Transport Case Dimensions1002 x 830 x 270 mm
(39.4 x 32.7 x 10.6 inch)

UseCase_Mapping the Holmenkollen Ski Arena / Norway

UseCase_Mapping the Holmenkollen Ski Arena / Norway

Use Case - Mapping the Holmenkollen Ski Arena

Norway

The setting

Holmenkollen has been a ski recreation area since the late 19th century, with its famous ski jumping hill, the Holmenkollbakken, hosting competitions since 1892. The biathlon and cross-country skiing stadium at the foot of the ski jump covers many kilometres of cross-country trails that extend into the forests of the northern bordering woodland area called Marka.

Facts & Figures

Altitude:
190 m AGL / 623.36 ft

Flight time:
25 min

Resolution

GSD:
5,66 cm / pixel / 2.33 in

Camera

Camera:
Sony UMC-R10C 16mm

Area

Area:
1,74 km2 / 174 ha

Wind

Wind:
4,5 m/s / 8.7 kn

Pictures taken

Pictures:
324

Overlap

Overlap:
Side 70 %
Forward 80 %

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UseCase_Mapping of contaminated sites around Chernobyl – Ukraine

UseCase_Mapping of contaminated sites around Chernobyl – Ukraine

Use Case - Mapping of contaminated sites around Chernobyl

Prypiat / Ukraine

The setting

The use of a Trinity drone demonstrated the added value of Quantum-Systems VTOL technology for photogrammetry missions. The drone is characterized by an easy to learn handling as well as cost and time saving long mission endurance. The flexible payload allows to take multi-spectral images with the Tetracam ADC Snap as well as high-resolution RGB images with a Sony UMCR10C in the standard configuration. Furthermore, Quantum-Systems also offers the possibility to configure individual payload compartments. Especially in unwooded areas of the investigated area, previously unknown burials could be detected directly with the optical sensors by means of marginal elevations in the derived surface model.

Mapping of contaminated sites around Chernobyl with the unmanned aircraft Quantum TRINITY

In recent years, the use of drones has found its way into many areas of the economy, but also into science and research. For example, this modern technology is now being relied on in the processing of the Chernobyl reactor disaster. Last year, for example, a Trinity drone from Quantum-Systems was used to detect areas in the vicinity of the reactor to be mapped, where radioactive material was buried as part of the accident liquidation.

On April 26,1986, a serious incident with catastrophic consequences occurred in reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant near the Ukrainian city of Pripyat. An area with a radius of approximately 30 km had to be totally evacuated due to radiation immediately after the incident and is still an exclusion zone.

Within this exclusion zone, as part of the subsequent efforts to control the disaster and prevent further spread of radioactivity, the contaminated biomass and topsoil were buried in a large-scale project. Approximately 800 – 1000 such burials were built around the damaged nuclear power plant and approx. 2 million m³ of irradiated material was deposited beneath the surface. As a result, the radiation exposure in the vicinity of the reactor was reduced by orders of magnitude. However, there was no systematic documentation of the clamps and trenches. Only about 540 burials are known to date.

A precise knowledge of the burial sites is of great importance, since, according to Dr. Norbert Molitor from Plejades Independent Experts, who has been involved as an expert in the development and implementation of remediation concepts for the disaster reactor and contaminated areas for more than 20 years, it will take at least 300 years until the currently dominant short-lived radioisotopes Cs-137 and Sr-90 will have largely disintegrated.

Currently, the material buried in a hurry after the accident is being systematically investigated, whereby not only the assumed or unknown burial sites have to be uncovered, but also the biomass that has grown back since the accident liquidation has to be mapped. This requires the most precise 3D mapping of trees and soil structures possible. In this way, besides the buried material itself, the effects of forest fires or windstorm events, for example, could be better calculated.

Forest fires, in particular, are a great danger that emanates from Chernobyl today, as they could spread radioactivity on a large scale. To counteract this, deadwood is regularly collected in the surrounding forests. However, in accordance with the ALARA principle (As Low As Reasonably Achievable), workers should be exposed to radioactivity as little as possible. A precise knowledge of all burial sites would be very helpful for this approach.

In a field trial in November 2017, a team led by professors Peter Krzystek (Faculty of Geoinformation) and Karl Siebold (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering) of the University of Applied Sciences in Munich has now been able to demonstrate that innovative remote sensing methods using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can help investigate the changes in the soil surface caused by the burials and the vegetation grown on. For the experiment, they used a Trinity drone by Quantum-Systems. Trinity is a fixed wing UAV with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities, which made it possible to conduct long-range sensing flights despite the lack of large fields usually needed for safe take-off and landing of unmanned aircraft.

The two professors Prof. Dr. Peter Krzystek and Prof. Dr. Karl Siebold lead the interdisciplinary research project GeoFlyer “Optimization of the Flight Economics of a ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft System’ (RPAS) for mapping of faraway disaster and risk areas, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Especially with the capabilities of the Quantum Trinity with a flight time of up to 60 minutes, it was possible to fly over a large part of the target area with only a few flights. Using a Tetracam ADC Snap as payload, high-resolution multi-spectral images were taken with which a change in vegetation at the burial sites could be made visible.

 

The use of a Trinity drone demonstrated the added value of Quantum Systems VTOL technology for photogrammetry missions. The Drone is characterized by an easy to learn handling as well as cost and time saving long mission endurance. The flexible payload allows to take multi-spectral images with the Tetracam ADC Snap as well as high-resolution RGB images with a Sony UMC-R10C in the standard configuration. Furthermore, Quantum-Systems also offers the possibility to configure individual payload compartments.

Especially in unwooded areas of the investigated area, previously unknown burials could be detected directly with the optical sensors by means of marginal elevations in the derived surface model.

In the middle of the Figure 4 you can see some elevations in the area of the “Red Forest” (Lyzhi Res), which clearly indicate burials. Furthermore, the vegetation itself also provides information about burial sites underneath, as this is often indicated by a changed vegetation growth form or a species composition that differs from the surrounding area as can be seen in Figure 3.

Due to the large-area flying with the Quantum Trinity with optical sensors, the use of a Lidar scanner mounted on a powerful copter drone and the -spectrometers can be limited to wooded areas that cannot be checked with optical methods.

Following this successful proof of concept, plans are already underway to conduct follow-up mapping surveys in additional areas in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, based on modern unmanned VTOL aircraft.

Facts & Figures

Altitude:
130 m AGL | 426.5 ft

Flight time:
42 min

Resolution

GSD:
8 cm | 3.15 inch

Camera

Camera:
Tetracam ADC Snap

Area

Area:
1,22 km² 122 ha | 0.47 sq.mi

Wind

Wind:
5 m/s | 9.7 kn

Pictures taken

Pictures:
1313

Overlap

Overlap:
Side 80 %
Forward 60 %

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UseCase_Aerial mapping for oil & gas pipeline corridor – Pt. Byte Geo Solusi – Indonesia

UseCase_Aerial mapping for oil & gas pipeline corridor – Pt. Byte Geo Solusi – Indonesia

Use Case - Aerial mapping for oil & gas pipeline corridor

Pt. Byte Geo Solusi / Indonesia

The setting

Client: Joint operating body pertamina – Talisman Gas Plant
Region: Jambi – South Sumatra – Indonesia

Project:
Aerial mapping for oil & gas pipelines corridor

The use of the Quantum-Systems Trinity in the oil and gas project helps us to provide real time data for pipelines that are located in remote areas. Simple handling and uncomplicated mission planning help to achieve a perfect result in the shortest time possible.

Facts & Figures

Altitude:
210 m AGL

Flight time:
36 min

Resolution

GSD:
6,5 cm / 2.55 in

Camera

Camera:
Sony UMC-R10C 16mm

Area

Area:
1 km2 / 100 ha

Wind

Wind:
6 m/s / 11.7 kn

Pictures taken

Pictures:
328

Overlap

Overlap:
Side 80 %
Forward 70 %

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