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3DR Announces Site Scan Esri® Edition for Esri Users

We’ve partnered with Esri® to develop Site Scan Esri® Edition, a custom version of our iOS app for drone data capture that works seamlessly with ArcGIS Online and streamlines processing in Esri’s Drone2Map software.

With this joint solution, we will complement Esri’s drone data offerings by creating an end-to-end package that includes full mission planning to easily capture and display drone data, and a simple workflow for using the data in the Esri ArcGIS ecosystem. With this solution, you’ll able to connect to ArcGIS Online with an Esri sign-in, and the app will allow you to directly use Esri data layers from ArcGIS Online—including custom data layers from the user’s ArcGIS Online organization account—as base and reference data for your mission planning.

“Esri started at the dawn of the space age with satellite data. Now drones can continue that mission at even higher resolution and frequency,” said our CEO, Chris Anderson. “I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to work with Esri to help its users easily capture and analyse drone data, giving them another powerful tool to measure and manage the world.”

Esri customers can use any drone currently supported by Site Scan, including the Yuneec 3DR H520-G, which is a custom version of the Yuneec H520 commercial drone. Based on the Dronecode PX4 software, the H520-G is designed to be an open and secure drone option for use on US government projects, making it a perfect complement to Esri’s FedRAMP certification, creating a complete, government-friendly drone mapping solution.

As Cody Benkelman, Imagery Product Manager at Esri, said: “3DR has been a leader in the drone industry, and we are excited to support this development effort. A drone flight planning app that connects directly to ArcGIS Online will provide great value to Esris worldwide customer base, and simplify the process of ensuring successful projects using Drone2Map.”

Site Scan Esri Edition will be available on the Esri Marketplace in late September for free to all ArcGIS customers. To learn more about 3DR’s suite of offerings for government projects, including the US government-friendly UAS, the H520-G, visit 3dr.com/government. If you’re a US public agency or vendor looking for a UAS solution, reach out to our team—we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Building Uber’s New HQ With Drones

Uber HQ, your drone is arriving now.

And it’s being flown by Truebeck Construction, an innovative, fast-growing general contractor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 2007, the company quickly made its mark on high profile projects across Silicon Valley, including the Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple Park. Now, with over 400 employees and a spot in the ENR 200, Truebeck is building Uber’s new headquarters in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco.

Their expanding in-house drone program is run by their virtual construction team, led by Justin Porter, Senior VDC Manager. Justin and his team perform a wide range of increasingly vital services across Truebeck’s projects—including Uber—such as laser scanning, drone mapping and drone inspections, alternate delivery methods, 4D scheduling, and driving safety initiatives.

The project: Uber’s new HQ

The 450,000 square foot headquarters, scheduled to open in 2020, consists of two buildings—one 12 stories and the other seven stories—and sits right beside the new Golden State Warriors stadium. Designed by SHoP Architects, it’s being built using cast-in-place concrete and will have two glass and steel pedestrian bridges crossing between the buildings.

The need: aerial imagery for as-built models and progress reporting

Justin and Alex from Truebeck planning flights with the 3DR customer success team

The Truebeck VDC team is increasingly looking to use drone data on a number of active projects across the Bay Area. “95% of how we use drone data is for site planning, logistics planning, and as-built surveying,” Justin said. “We have a new logistics plan almost every day, and we want to be able to overlay these plans onto high-res, up-to-date drone maps.”

"We have a new logistics plan almost every day, and we want to be able to overlay these plans onto high-res, up-to-date drone maps."

Justin PorterSenior VDC Manager, Truebeck Construction

They also make use of new tools to improve progress reporting and communication with their clients. This doesn’t just include drones—they have a virtual reality trailer on-site that the Uber team regularly visits to get an immersive experience of the new office:

On this project, Truebeck wanted to use drones in two main ways:

1. Perform progress scans of the exterior skin to track against the schedule and perform quality assurance

2. Enhance progress reporting with a variety of aerial images

The solution: 3DR Site Scan

The virtual construction team is actively building their own in-house drone program, so they were looking for a drone solution with a complete, end-to-end workflow. They found it in Site Scan, and now are actively flying on a number of projects.

On the Uber project, Justin and his colleague Alex Snyder, Senior VDC Engineer, use the Site Scan iOS app to fly their drones safely despite being in a busy urban area. They take high-resolution photos of the west façade of the structure in a short flight, and then upload the photos to Site Scan where they’re processed into a detailed point cloud. They then can not only view and analyze the photos themselves, but they can use the point cloud as well, make measurements, and QA/QC performed work.

Creating detailed point clouds to track progress

Their main focus is on capturing and inspecting the exterior skin of the building, including the glass panels that are being installed:

Point cloud in Site Scan for an as-built survey of the Uber HQ

Using Site Scan’s photo inspection tool, they can also click on any pixel in the point cloud and view every photo that includes that point. This helps them quickly go back and forth between a rich point cloud and a single high-resolution photo, enabling more granular inspections of the exterior skin for quality control and progress monitoring.

They also flew manually to capture inspection photos of specific, harder-to-reach areas of interest, such as the pedestrian bridges that connect the two buildings:

Getting a 360° view

To capture additional parts of the site and get a complete perspective of the latest progress, they also flew off the roof of an adjacent parking garage with a new panorama flight mode in Site Scan. This creates a complete 360° view of the project that they can then share across the Truebeck team, give to their client, and use for marketing purposes.

What’s next

As they continue to map and capture the Uber HQ, Justin and his team are also building on their success by expanding their in-house drone operations to more projects across the Bay Area. Site and logistics planning continue to be a main focus, but they’re also going to focus on doing more detailed façade inspections, capture data for soil and stockpile quantities, and much more.

By quickly, cost-effectively, and safely using Site Scan to get the data they need, Truebeck continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovation and, as the company likes to say, “disrupting the ordinary.”

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Drone Fleet Management, Now in Site Scan

In every enterprise drone program, there’s a lot of moving parts to keep track of.

You have vehicles to monitor and maintain, batteries to charge, and a team of pilots to lead. As you add drones to your fleet and expand to more projects, this can quickly become a hassle, especially on the software end: you shouldn’t have to use one tool for flying, processing and analyzing drone data, and another tool for managing drones, cameras, and pilots.

That’s why we’re introducing fleet management, a central dashboard in Site Scan that makes it easier than ever for you to manage and scale your drone operations. With our fleet management capability, you can automatically track flight data for every drone, battery, and camera, along with each pilot that flies Site Scan. Then, you can view and analyze all of this data in our cloud-based dashboard, just a click away from your drone maps and models.

Fleet management makes it easier than ever for you to monitor and maintain your drone operations—and get visibility into your vehicle and pilot activity across your entire company—no matter where you are. For larger, multi-state programs at companies such as PCL Construction, Arcadis, and Kimley-Horn, for example, this single platform gives them complete oversight of their drone operations, helps manage risk and compliance, and makes it easy to identify any problems with their fleet early that need to be fixed. 

How it works

Just click the ‘Fleet’ tab in Site Scan, and you can see all of the drones and batteries that your organization uses. In the vehicles tab, you’ll see a list of vehicles flown, their total flights, last pilot, and most recent flight:

Each vehicle also has its own page, where you can view its flight count, total flight time, model and flight controller serial number, and more.

In the batteries tab, you can view every battery used, total flights, capacity, any warning messages, and their most recent flight:

Looking ahead

Fleet management is another step in our journey to build the complete, enterprise-level drone software platform for construction, engineering, and mining teams. This is just the beginning—we’re working on adding more fleet management capabilities in the near future, such as:

• Pilot profiles: view individual profiles of your pilots, and see what date their remote pilot certification is valid until

• View drone registration and insurance expiration dates

• Making it easier to unlock no-fly zones through DJI

Fleet management is included as part of every Site Scan subscription. To learn more about Site Scan and get a free web demonstration, set up a consultation with our drone technology experts.

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3DR Launches Industry-First Thermal Solution for DJI M200 Series Drones

Today, we’re excited to share that Site Scan now offers an industry-first thermal capability for drones: now, you can capture and use structurally-detailed thermal maps and 3D models in Site Scan, giving you a whole new level of visibility into your projects.

The first of its kind

This is a one-of-a-kind capability built in collaboration with DJI and FLIR Systems: Site Scan seamlessly supports flying autonomously with the DJI M210 dual gimbal drone, equipped with the Zenmuse X4S and the Zenmuse XT thermal camera, powered by FLIR.

“Site Scan’s unique ability to generate structurally detailed thermal point clouds is a brand new capability for our customers across engineering, construction, and mining,” said Chris Anderson, CEO, 3DR. “Now, Site Scan users can easily inspect buildings, structures, and utilities, map solar arrays, monitor concrete curing, and much more. We’re excited to see how our customers put thermal imaging to work on their projects.”

Combined thermal + RGB point cloud for plant inspections

The workflow is simple: Site Scan users just plan and execute their flight in Site Scan like normal, and the imagery from the M200 Series drone will automatically upload to the cloud and process into accurate thermal maps and models using Pix4D’s industry-leading thermal processing capabilities.

As part of this release, Site Scan users are also now able to fly with the XT camera using a single gimbal on any of the the DJI M200 Series drones (M200, M210, M210 RTK). This makes it easier than ever to perform thermal inspections: Site Scan users can either fly single gimbal autonomous surveys, or fly manually and tap any part of their iPad screen to get a temperature reading of a specific area.

“As more enterprises deploy drones across their operations, many of them are realizing the impact thermal data can have on their sites,” said Jan Gasparic, Head of Enterprise Partnerships at DJI. “With the new thermal capabilities of 3DR’s Site Scan platform, these enterprises have a seamless and automated way to transition from a DJI M200 Series drone out in the field to meaningful analytics of thermal data in the office.”

“Thermal imaging has become a core tool for commercial drone operators to use on the job,” said Frank Pennisi, President of the Industrial Business Unit at FLIR. “The ability to use a drone to see heat and now map it with 3DR Site Scan will enable the industry to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and do more with thermal imaging.”

Want to learn more? Join our upcoming webinar with DJI and FLIR — save your seat!

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