Processing DJI L2 Data
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by Logan Campbell
1M ago
The DJI L2 is the latest and greatest lidar sensor released by DJI that is slowly starting to make its way into the hands of surveying and mapping professionals globally.  Promising a plethora of upgrades over its predecessor, the L1, the DJI L2 has been hotly anticipated to lower the cost and improve the quality of lidar mapping. As part of our testing process, we took the DJI L2 into the woods of central California to do some real world testing in fairly difficult conditions, and these are the results. Unlike most of our technical posts, this article is not designed to demonstrate ..read more
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DJI Announces the Zenmuse L2
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by Eric Seger
9M ago
DJI Announces the Zenmuse L2: On 10/10, DJI announced the Zenmuse L2. We believe the new L2 will offer exceptional technical improvements over both the L1 and the current mid-tier sensor market. We’re excited to share what we know about the delivery timeline, and how we view the technical specs. Coming Soon to the Skies Near You While we hear DJI will start taking orders at the end of the month, no official shipping timeline has been given yet. Aerotas will be among the first to receive the L2, and we can’t wait to put it to the test. We plan to put the sensor through an in-depth review, whic ..read more
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Commercial Drone Operations in the Public
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by Eric Seger
11M ago
The Aerotas Guide to Achieving Drone-Community Harmony This article covers best practices for commercial drone operations, addressing regulatory hurdles, and gray areas, as well as strategies for handling onlookers and concerned parties. Despite the widespread discussions on drones, public perception remains sensitive. We'll explore approaches to encounters with the public, aiming to minimize disruption while staying within your rights as a drone operator. Where you can operate your drone and who can tell you not to Drone operations differ from manned aircraft operations due to the unique posi ..read more
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Will the Phantom 4 RTK be Remote ID Compliant?
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by Logan Campbell
1y ago
The Phantom 4 RTK has been the workhorse drone for thousands of surveyors across the country.  Released in 2018, it has been extremely popular among the surveying and mapping community for being simple to operate, impressively accurate, and reasonably priced.  There are still tens of thousands of Phantom 4 RTKs being regularly used by businesses everywhere.  But with the FAA’s new Remote ID rules coming into effect in less than 2 months, will they even be legal to fly still? The short answer: we don’t know for sure yet.   DJI stated in a blog post earlier this year th ..read more
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DJI Announces the M350
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by Logan Campbell
1y ago
DJI recently announced their new M350 drone platform, the successor to their current flagship M300. It has a number of minor quality of life improvements over the M300, but is not a major or revolutionary upgrade over the current M300 platform. Notably, it does not add any new or improved surveying sensors to the M300 suite, and still relies on the existing L1 Lidar or P1 Photogrammetry sensor. Once the M350 becomes available, Aerotas will do our standard review for all survey capable DJI hardware, and will publish the results as soon as they are available. Our initial analysis of the features ..read more
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The New DJI Inspire 3 - Is it a good drone for surveying?
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by Logan Campbell
1y ago
Is the Inspire 3 a Good drone for Surveying? DJI recently released their new Inspire 3 drone, and we have had the chance to go through all of the information about their latest aircraft and camera system.  It has many new and impressive features, with a very long list of advanced technological specifications.  But as regular readers of our articles know, at Aerotas we are extremely focused specifically on the surveying and mapping community.  So instead of a comprehensive review of all of the different capabilities of the Inspire 3, we are focusing specifically on whether or not ..read more
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Should You Fly Your L1 Lidar Missions at Night?
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by Logan Campbell
1y ago
As drone-based Lidar becomes more cost-effective and thus more mainstream, we are seeing more and more Surveyors turn towards the technology to improve their data collection workflows. Of the many Lidar sensors out there, the M300RTK platform coupled with the Zenmuse L1 is the most reliable, good-enough-for-most, solution out there. Of the many use cases for Lidar, there are two in particular that are most common in surveying; topographic mapping under vegetation, and powerline mapping.  In most cases, it makes more sense to fly any sensor during the daytime.  However, lidar presents ..read more
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2023 CAD Template Update
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by Logan Campbell
1y ago
This month we are updating our CAD Standards and CAD templates as part of our ongoing process of improving the overall quality of our linework offerings.  This article will go over some of the changes we will be making in this update, or you can view and download the full layer template at the below link. View and Download the New Layer Template We have made numerous changes to our previous templates, with a goal towards increasing the overall consistency and useability of our layer template, while simultaneously conveying more information in a way that is useful to a broader set of overa ..read more
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DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise RTK Review
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by Logan Campbell
1y ago
The Mavic 3 Enterprise is DJI’s latest hardware release that is capable of performing survey grade mapping. It promises an advanced suite of capabilities and attachments to perform different tasks. Here, we are specifically going to focus on the RTK-enabled Mavic 3E, and how well it performs as a high-accuracy surveying and mapping tool. And now that we have had a few weeks to fly, test, and process data from this drone, we are able to provide a full in-depth review. Mavic 3E in flight on one of our in-house test missions When configured properly, the Mavic 3 Enterprise is an excellent survey ..read more
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DJI Zenmuse L1 Lidar Review
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by Guest User
1y ago
DJI Zenmuse L1 Lidar Review DJI’s long-anticipated L1 sensor is finally here, and we’ve been doing dozens of test flights and spending hundreds of hours flying and analyzing data to create a real-world, field-tested review of the newest DJI L1 sensor. The DJI Zenmuse L1 integrates a Livox Lidar module, a high-accuracy IMU, and a 20MP camera with a 1-inch CMOS sensor and a mechanical shutter on a 3-axis stabilized gimbal. The L1 is compatible with the M300 RTK. A few caveats, though. While this is already going to be a pretty long and detailed article, we couldn’t possibly cover everything we ..read more
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