Quantum-Systems, Propeller Aero combine software for aerial surveys

Denver, USA – There is a significant development for the survey and mapping industry today, after Propeller Aero and Quantum-Systems announced that they would be combining their respective technologies to enhance aerial surveying operations in the industry.

Quantum-Systems is a developer of eVTOL long range small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for the geospatial community; the defence, security, and intelligence community, from Munich in Germany.

Propeller Aero meanwhile is a Denver, US-based drone data visualization and analytics platform, analytics solutions help customers capture accurate surveys of their worksite so they can measure and track progress and make better decisions around site management.

The two entities said their collaboration would see the installation of Propeller’s site surveying and 3D mapping software onto Quantum-Systems’ Trinity F90+ drone.

To use the combined solution, surveyors should set up Propeller AeroPoints (smart ground control points) around the worksite, and then fly the Trinity F90+ drone above to collect survey data and upload it to Propeller’s cloud-based platform where it will be processed and available for use within 24 hours.

“Propeller’s Post-Processed Kinematic solution (PPK) enables seamless surveying and 3D mapping of worksites across the construction, mining and earthworks industries,” a statement released by the company said.

“Coupled with Quantum-Systems’ Trinity F90+ drone, a dedicated large scale mapping drone, contractors will be able to improve survey accuracy, condense their traditionally weeks-long data collection process into a few hours, and quickly share digital models among their broader worksite teams.”

The latest development is set to also benefit the geospatial community in Africa – at least those in countries where drone services company Rocketmine has operations.

The Delta Drone International company has a partnership with Quantum-Systems that sees Rocketmine deploying Quantum-Systems’ hardware and software implements to mining and construction sites that need aerial Light Ranging and Detection (LiDAR) data.

“Today’s contractors and surveyors are eager to adopt new technologies that modernise workflows and allow them to analyse more aspects of their worksite than ever before,” said Richie Hadfield, Head of Product at Propeller Aero.

“The clients we work with are doing cutting-edge work in the construction, earthworks, and mining space and are already using drone technology to accelerate project timelines, reduce costly rework, and create safer environments for their employees.

“Our new partnership with Quantum-Systems gives our customers in Europe and around the world even more ways to achieve this increased efficiency and accuracy with the highly advanced F90+ drone.”

The Trinity F90+ drone rises from the ashes of the previous F9 model and makes eVTOL aircraft accessible to customers at an affordable price, without compromising technical quality or usability, as claimed by the manufacturer. It can fly for up to 90 minutes – well beyond the industry standard of 60 minutes – allowing earthworks professionals to survey larger worksites more efficiently, and it comes with a variety of integrated sensors.

“The drone industry has progressed a lot over the last couple of years, along with customer expectations,” said Florian Seibel, co-founder and CEO of Quantum-Systems. “It is no longer reasonable to have customers figure out a complete solution for their needs.

“As a technology company, we listen to our customers and understand their needs and how best to address them. With the full Trimble Stratus solution completed with Trinity F90+, customers can proactively finish their projects from end to end.”

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