• VTOL drone WingtraOne use in wildlife research cuts risk, cost and time

    The need for a rapid, cost-effective solution for monitoring an endangered sea mammal species led the team at Murdoch University, Australia, to evaluate UAV solutions: they quickly found their match in WingtraOne.     A bright orange drone taking off from a boat off the coast of Pilbara in north-western Australia is probably not the […]

  • How drone surveys can save time and improve data accuracy in mining

    The mining industry depends on accuracy; cost and revenue calculations, sales forecasting, operational planning and other recurring tasks require constant tracking of activities. What is the current state of the mine? What volume of gravel was removed? How much can be deposited in the future? At Kies AG, the answers to these questions have long […]

  • The Significance of Materials Testing

    Materials Testing is conducted for many reasons. It can provide data regarding tested materials, prototypes and other product samples. Regulation of Industrial Materials The integrity of bridges, dams, nuclear reactors, roads, buildings and other infrastructure relies on the parts that make them up. Given the importance of this, the government enforces standards to ensure all […]

  • UAV Safety Tips

    There are risks associated with flying a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) but by taking these risks into account, and by taking ample precaution, the operator can ensure that anyone in the surrounding area is safe and reduce the likelihood of damage to the UAV. Before Flying 1. Choose the Proper Environment Avoid places (if possible) […]

  • Low Environmental Impact Cabling Using GPS

    Jan De Nul’s Moonfish cable trencher on its maiden outing © JdN Need to lay 5 km of cabling through an environmentally sensitive area in 5 days? Sounds like a job for Sunfish, Moonfish and Isaac Newton. A New Offshore Windfarm The Race Bank windfarm, located about 27 km (16.8 mi.) off the Norfolk coast in England, […]

  • Drone Inspections Go Nuclear with GPS and RADAR

    High-precision GPS receivers mounted on drones able to identify 1 mm hairline defects in cooling towers Drones Rise To The Challenge How do you inspect a structure that’s almost 160 m high and 120 m in diameter? With a few weeks to spare, a crash course in abseiling and head for heights, you could certainly […]

  • GPS Spoofing: Is Your Receiver Ready for an Attack?

      Will Spoofers Eat My Children? GNSS users have long been wary about threats from jamming and now a new GNSS bogeyman has appeared. Unlike jamming which is intended to block GNSS signals, spoofers are altogether far more sinister. By replicating GNSS signals, a spoofer can fool a receiver into thinking that it’s elsewhere in […]

  • 4 Constellations in 1 RTK XV

    In difficult conditions, multi-frequency, quad-constellation RTK can deliver over 40% more RTK availability than dual-constellation RTK More satellites in RTK for those hard-to-reach areas How many satellites do you need for precise and reliable RTK positioning? Evidence thus far suggests, the more the merrier. With this in mind and given that GPS and GLONASS are […]

  • Calibrating Scales: External vs. Internal

      Calibration is essential to ensure a weighing scale or balance’s accuracy. Frequent calibration shows the device is linear in its precision, allowing for more experiments with fewer chances of errors. There are two methods to do a calibration: internal and external calibration. The process for an internal calibration is simple, you calibrate with a […]

  • RSO: The Radiation Meter

    As part of meeting the requirements of the CNSC, applicants must have an available survey meter at any site of the licensed radioactive activity. A survey meter can also be used for emergency events involving the portable gauges, including crushing or other physical damage. The applicant may satisfy the requirements by having a calibrated survey […]