Visual Mapping and Monitoring of High Value Resources using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

PrecisionHawk is a company leading the development and application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the mapping, resource management and service industries, particularly in precise, high-density mapping and monitoring of valuable assets and resources. Typically, due to their weight and size, UAVs are used as simple data gathering tools where data is post-processed on high-power hardware. Such practices often conceal issues with coverage and quality, and limits applications of repeat mapping and faster turnaround that are critical to the value this technology provides. This project aims to perform online mapping utilising vision and other sensors fused with GPS measurements on-board the aircraft to provide guarantees of coverage, quality and accuracy of maps and enable the development of upstream tasks such as automated change detection and metric estimation. This technology will benefit PrecisionHawk by giving a competitive edge in accurate, rapidly-produced maps and enable a niche service with distinct market advantage.

Intern: 
Michael Warren
Superviseur universitaire: 
Dr. Timothy Barfoot
Project Year: 
2015
Province: 
Ontario
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