AirGon Sensor Package Software Suite, Redux

The AirGon Sensor Package (ASP) software suite is part of the AirGon software workflow and is used to process Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) information from the AV-900 ASP hardware for Post-Processed Kinematic (PPK) direct geopositioning (wow, that is truly a mouthful!!). Last year we introduced the Bring Your Own Drone (BYOD) Mapping Kit to…

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A Comparison of Volumetric Workflows – LP360, PhotoScan and Pix4D

In the last quarter of 2016, we introduced (under our AirGon brand) the Bring Your Own Drone (BYOD) Mapping Kit.  This kit contains all the software one needs to turn a low-cost drone such as a Phantom 4 Pro or an Inspire 2 with x4s camera into a serious mapping platform. Our presales technical team…

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Create a Redline in Reckon

This workflow explains how to create a redline in Reckon.  Redlining provides the ability to create, edit and publish geometries with attributes.  Redlines can be used to communicate work to be done with a service provider (i.e. defining stockpiles to be analyzed), edit existing features, create new features and can be downloaded as ESRI shape…

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The AirGon Sensor Package, Revision 3

When using imagery as a source of metric measurement, an up-front task that must be accomplished is determining the exact position (X, Y, Z) and orientation (Pitch, Yaw and Roll) of the camera at the precise time of each image exposure.  This seven tuple of data is termed the dynamic exterior orientation (DEO or often…

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sUAS Deployment Models

We have invested a tremendous amount of resources (monetary, development, knowledge) into developing technology and services for mapping sites using dense image matching collected with small Unnamed Aerial Systems (sUAS).  Our focus is applications suitable for an sUAS (non-populated areas, smaller sites) that require near survey grade accuracy.  The most common example is small open…

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Redlining in Reckon

AirGon Reckon (“Reckon”) is our cloud hosted collaboration portal for small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) or “drone” mapping. It has been designed from the ground up for scalability in the cloud. Hosted in Amazon Web Services (AWS), it provides a robust platform for sharing data that requires no administration or infrastructure on the user’s part…

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GeoCue Knowledge Base Ready for Use

The GeoCue Group Knowledge Base is a one stop shop for information and support for all GeoCue Group products (Figure 1). Product information is available for AirGon, GeoCue, LP360 and Terrasolid. This searchable site makes finding information easy and fast. Search for product specific workflows, installation and licensing information, case studies or investigate the Frequently…

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Mid-Pulse Blues

We have been doing a lot of experimenting with various airplane and camera configurations for small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS). We are very interested in the effect of camera quality on metric analysis. For example, does a better lens yield a more accurate surface model when extracting a dense image matching point cloud using an…

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Getting Under Control!

An important aspect of planning and executing a small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) mapping project is planning and collecting ground control and check points. We are a software and systems company, not a services company so we have limited tools (and knowledge, for that matter) for carrying out this part of a mission. Nevertheless, we…

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Wings versus Gliders

Several of us in the company are avid model airplane enthusiasts, actively flying various types of models. We have been debating the merits of fixed wing “flying wings” versus gliders. Which of these is the better mapping platform? In fact, I covered this topic from a stability point of view in a recent “Random Points”…

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