April 5th – Expanding surveying capabilities with the Qube 240 LiDAR scanner & Trinity F90+ UAV

April 5th – Expanding surveying capabilities with the Qube 240 LiDAR scanner & Trinity F90+ UAV

Expand your surveying capabilities with the Qube 240 LiDAR scanner and learn from Control Point Associates, Inc.

During the webinar you will learn how the Trinity F90+ UAV and the Qube 240 LiDAR scanner are expanding overall surveying capabilities, for instance in urban mapping, forestry, mining, power line inspection or environmental monitoring.

Control Point Associates, Inc. was an early adopter of the drone based Qube 240 LiDAR scanner as remote sensing method in 2021. Since then, they have become the leading experts in generating precise, three-dimensional and actionable information for their large customer base from various industries.

During the webinar we will explain a full end to end workflow, possible applications and also limitations of the Qube 240 LiDAR and how to achieve “real world accuracy” proven by real use case data.

Richard Butkus, III, joined Control Point Associates, Inc. in 2011 and has nine (9) years of experience in the land surveying industry. Richard began in the field as an Instrument Operator, where he excelled and quickly moved into the office as a Survey Technician. He has vast experience with terrestrial laser scanning and managing point cloud information, inside and outside of the office. Over the last year, Richard took on the role of UAV Operations Manager, supervising Control Point Associates, Inc.’s UAV pilots and overseeing firm-wide drone flight schedules, capturing photography, video, 3D Point Clouds, and aerial mapping. Richard manages the day-to-day operations and projects within the UAV Division. He is a certified UAV pilot.

Richard Butkus III

Control Point Associates, Inc.

Originally from the Midwest of the United States, a diverse background in drone mapping and operational support has taken Daniel from coast to coast. Daniel has 10 years of experience in geospatial technology, including a Master’s degree in GIS & Remote Sensing, leading a team of support engineers, and serving on several leadership boards. He has focused on the drone industry for the last 7 years and joined Quantum Systems in 2021.
Daniel Murphy

Quantum-Systems

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Protecting unique wilderness – Why Quantum-Systems teams up with Wilderness International to protect unique natural areas in Peru

Protecting unique wilderness – Why Quantum-Systems teams up with Wilderness International to protect unique natural areas in Peru

Gilching, 01.12.2021; Protecting unique wilderness areas for future generations is the goal of Wilderness International. Since 2008, Wilderness International managed to protect more than 5 million square meters of valuable and endangered rainforest by buying ecologically valuable wilderness areas in Canada and Peru. These are then entered in the land registry. Thus, the maximum durable legal protection is secured. The purchases are financed through donations. Wilderness sponsors can choose the areas they wish to protect and receive the exact geo-coordinates of the area protected.

To determine the exact location of this area and to track the use of the donation accurate georeferenced data and up-to-date, high-resolution photographs are a must but no easy task at all when you work in the dense rainforest. This is where Quantum-Systems supports this mission with equipment and technical expertise to capture aerial imagery with centimeter-level ground resolution in the areas that will be protected in the future, as well as to conduct additional aerial surveys with LIDAR and multispectral cameras.

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Achieve more together – How Quantum-Systems helps protecting unique wilderness

 

In June 2021, Quantum-Systems joined Wilderness International on an expedition in Peru to capture aerial imagery with an extremely high ground resolution of the areas recently put under protection.

By assigning exact geo-localized data to every square meter, it is made clear which piece of wilderness is protected with each donation. Orthomosaics, high-resolution aerial photographs, are created for this purpose.

The cooperation with Quantum-Systems saves the team from Wilderness International up to 150 h of work per 50 ha land area.

High-resolution aerial images create transparency

If an institution, company, or individual decides to protect a piece of wilderness, it was previously possible to select the respective area on a map with a ground resolution of approx. 3 meters per pixel. Thanks to the high-resolution sensors onboard the Trinity F90+ drone, the level of detail now increases to approx. 2 cm ground resolution.

The data quality creates the necessary transparency between provider and supporter and shall be the new standard for future protection projects. By having such a high ground resolution available, completely new possibilities for long-term observation emerge. For the respective supporter, the plus of information about the protected area is of additional value.

More data, also for science

In addition to a high-resolution RGB camera, additional data was also recorded using LIDAR, as well as the MicaSense Altum multispectral & thermal powerhouse to capture even more details about the areas to be protected.

MicaSense Altum RGB & multispectral / thermal Sensor

ALTUM Integrates a radiometric thermal camera with five high-resolution narrow bands, producing advanced thermal, multispectral, and high-resolution imagery in one flight for advanced analytics.

With the collected data it is an easy task to compare e.g. RGB data with a temperature map of the same area.

Qube 240 LiDAR Payload

Until recently, LiDAR payloads were hardly affordable for SMEs due to their high cost. This is exactly where Quantum-Systems and YellowScan come in and offer a geomatics grade LiDAR scanner integrated into the payload compartment of the Trinity F90+ drone including software package without having to compromise on data quality.

What is LiDAR?

LiDAR is an abbreviation for “Light Detection and Ranging”.
It is also called “laser scanning” or “3D scanning”. A LIDAR sensor emits pulses of laser light and measures the exact time it takes for these pulses to be reflected from the ground.

It also measures the intensity of that reflection LIDAR uses oscillating mirrors that emit laser pulses in many directions, creating an “arc” of light as the drone moves forward. By measuring the timing and intensity of the returning pulses, measurements of the terrain and points on the ground can be obtained.

Since it is not a passive-optical sensor, but an active sensor, the LIDAR flights in Peru could take place at night, while the RGB and multispectral images could be acquired during the day.

This is just the beginning

 

With the technical support of Quantum-Systems and the necessary tools in the form of fixed-wing UAVs and high-resolution sensors, Wilderness International can continuously map and survey its range of areas to be protected.

Thanks to time savings in the collection of data & provision of results, and at the same time higher depth of detail, transparency and efficiency increase in the presentation as well as in the communication with supporters.

The collected data is also made available to scientists for further analysis, for example to determine exact figures on the biomass or plant health status in each case.

Having highly detailed data is the only way to provide reliable information about the project region in the long term. This additional information is unique in this field so far.

Which drone does Quantum-Systems use in the projects with Wilderness International?

Quantum-Systems supported Wilderness International during this mission – and will for future ones – with equipment and technical expertise. The equipment is composed of the drone platform Trinity F90+ itself plus various cameras and sensors that are individually integrated into the drone and are easily exchangeable.

Every Trinity F90+ sold makes its contribution to protecting unique wilderness.
Quantum-Systems cooperation with Wilderness does not stop there but continues. As inhabitants of the earth, we consume nature every day and leave traces on the earth through our activities. According to the current state of science, this so-called ecological footprint can be measured most tangibly in terms of CO₂ equivalents. It can be compensated for by preserving intact natural areas. For example, the trees in the temperate rainforests of Canada and Peru are world champions in CO₂ sinking and sequestration.

We have not yet calculated the precise CO₂ footprint of our company, but nevertheless our company will assume responsibility for its consumption of nature from 2021. By protecting primary native forest in Peru together with the Wilderness International Foundation, we are offsetting part of our CO₂ footprint.

From December 2021 on, with the sale of each Trinity F90+ we protect and area of 64m² in the Peruvian rainforest and give back to nature.

An area of 64m² rain forest in Peru sequesters 3.84 t of CO2 in its biomass. This is equivalent to:

Projectors

Smartphones

Refrigerators

Protect Your Piece of Rainforest

Say thank you to nature for everything it provides us with – protect your own piece of rainforest in Canada or Peru!
For your donation, you will receive a personalized certificate with the geo-coordinates of your protected forest.

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About Quantum-Systems

Quantum-Systems GmbH develops and deploys small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for the geospatial community (commercial product line) and the defense, security, and intelligence community (governmental product line), providing unprecedented data quality, efficiency, and operational usability.
The fully autonomous sUAS with AI edge computing capabilities enable its users to capitalize on the emerging megatrend of autonomous sUAS data acquisition solutions that will open entirely new markets and applications. All Quantum Systems sUAS combine eVTOL (electrical vertical take-off and landing) capabilities with long-range utilizing electrical and aerodynamic efficiency.

The continuous integration of state-of-the-art sensors into the systems allows for increased aerial data intelligence. Quantum-Systems was founded in 2015 and is headquartered at Special Airport Oberpfaffenhofen, 20 km west of Munich.

About Wilderness International

Wilderness International is a non-profit foundation based in Germany and Canada. Its goal is the protection of unique intact natural areas worldwide. Now the focus is on wilderness areas in the temperate rainforest in Peru and on the west coast of Canada.

There, the foundation holds legal title to the land which ensures that it is protected permanently for the future. The land purchases are refinanced through donations.
Donors receive a personalized certificate with the exact geo-coordinates of their protected forest area. Wilderness International leaves the areas as they are, as unique ecosystems undisturbed by human impact. Thus, ancient trees, habitats and biodiversity are preserved forever.

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Trinity F90+ UAV helps to improve Oktoberfest safety

Trinity F90+ UAV helps to improve Oktoberfest safety

Presented at the Intergeo in Stuttgart this week, our newest UAV, the Trinity F90+, already completed its first mission at the Oktoberfest in Munich last Friday.

Every year, the Oktoberfest “die Wiesn” attracts several million visitors from all over the world to the state capital Munich. As at any large event, such a high number of visitors presents the emergency services with major logistical challenges.

In order to be able to guarantee the safety of the visitors, plans of action and scenarios must be planned in advance in order to be able to help effectively and efficiently where necessary during the 16 festive days.

The Oktoberfest in 470 images

To support exactly this mission planning the DLR (German Aerospace Center) teamed up with Quantum-Systems and created a map of the festival grounds. A Trinity F90+ UAV equipped with a Sony RX1 II camera scanned the area of 40ha in a 15-minute flight.

With a special permit it flew at 200m above ground and achieved a ground sample distance of 2.5 cm/px using its PPK capability. (PPK – Post Processing Kinematics: Simply put, a technique to correct GPS signals to achieve an accuracy in the centimeter range)

The gathered 470 images with a total size of 19GB were then post processed by the DLR and combined into a single map.
This map will be used by the Munich fire department to verify evacuation and emergency approach routes and to improve the situation overview in the control center.

Drones – not just a buzzword

Drones are one of the markets of the future and still have to prove their benefits to society. Application scenarios like this can help to increase the acceptance of drones.

Especially in densely populated areas around the Theresienwiese in Munich, the use of drones is less costly and time-consuming than a manned aircraft.

The flight for this project took place before the Oktoberfest, but depending on the legal situation, it may also be possible in the future to fly during the festive season if the situation requires so. However, this will take a few more years until the appropriate framework conditions for such an operation have been created.

Special thanks to Thomas Oswald for providing video and photo material!
Music by Bensound

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Contact Quantum-Systems GmbH
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Dipl.-Ing. Georg Rudnick (MBE) – Senior-System-Engineer
E-Mail: info@quantum-systems.com
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Contact Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)
Institut für Optische Sensorsysteme
Rutherfordstraße 2
12489 Berlin
Karsten Stebner  – Sicherheitsforschung und Anwendungen (OS-SEC)
E-Mail: karsten.stebner@dlr.de
Web: dlr.de

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80331 München
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Christian Zollner – Brandoberrat
E-Mail: christian.zollner@muenchen.de

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