Building Uber’s New HQ With Drones

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

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New in Site Scan: Use Your Own Base Surfaces For Better Cut/Fill Reporting

New in Site Scan: Use Your Own Base Surfaces For Better Cut/Fill Reporting

Now, you can bring your own base surfaces into Site Scan to better manage and plan earthwork.   https://3dr.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Custom-Base-Surface-Video-1.mp4 The full custom base surface workflow and key use cases For construction, mining, and engineering teams, drones have proven to be a fast, safe, and accurate way to measure quantities. But your volume measurements are more precise and useful to your team if you can compare them to other survey data and design files, such as the original survey of your site or its finished grade. Today, we’re making this possible in Site Scan by adding support for custom base surfaces. Now, you can upload your own finished grade design file or pre-existing survey data as a LandXML file, and compare it against your current grade with our suite of earthwork analytics tools, including new configurable cut/fill maps. With custom base surfaces, you can create more precise, actionable takeoff reports and earthwork estimates to help manage costs and keep your team in sync. Bring your LandXML files into Site Scan Export a georeferenced surface as a landXML from your own CAD tools, such as AutoCAD Civil 3D, AGTEK, or Microstation, and upload it to Site Scan as an overlay onto your digital terrain model. You only need to upload it once: your LandXML file will be automatically saved in Site Scan and can be used for volume measurements and cut/fill reporting with any existing or future data that you collect. Prepare detailed, actionable cut/fill reports Compare current conditions to your design

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New in Site Scan: Desktop Flight Planning

New in Site Scan: Desktop Flight Planning

https://3dr.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Desktop-Flight-Planning.mp4 The full Desktop Flight Planning workflow in 30 seconds Planning effective drone flights in the field can be a challenge, especially if you’re in a remote location with poor service. That’s why, today, we’re introducing Desktop Flight Planning in Site Scan: now, you can plan a flight with confidence using the Site Scan web app, and make it instantly available to fly with on the Site Scan iPad app in the field. This helps you plan flights faster, more precisely, and improve collaboration across your drone program. Here’s how it works: Pick your flight mode Plan an area survey, crosshatch survey, or an Inspect Mode flight and set all of the details: altitude, gimbal angle, hatch angle, overlap, sidelap, return altitude, and more. You can also turn on Video Mode to record videos on your flight path instead of taking pictures. Use your past flights as a basemap We built Desktop Flight Planning to make it easier to plan flights for your projects that are in remote areas: you may not have cellular data on-site, or the satellite data may not be up-to-date. Desktop Flight Planning makes it easy to avoid having these problems when you’re trying to fly: you can use an existing orthomosaic from a past flight on your project as the base map, which helps you plan your flight with confidence. Overlay ground control points (GCPs) and design files for better planning Want to make sure you cover all of your ground control points on your

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New in Site Scan: Vertical Scan and Panorama

New in Site Scan: Vertical Scan and Panorama

The Site Scan iOS app for flight planning supports a growing fleet of drones and offers a number of powerful flight modes, making it an all-in-one tool for capturing aerial data on your projects. Now, you can do even more with Site Scan with our two new autonomous flight modes: with vertical scan, you can easily scan facades and walls of any kind. With panorama mode, you can capture interactive 360° images and share them with your team. Read on to learn more, and sign up for a free trial to see Site Scan for yourself! Vertical scan With vertical scan, you can safely and autonomously capture walls and facades to create rich point clouds. It’s perfect for scanning steep mines and quarries, dams and towers, and building exteriors for better quality control, planning, and progress monitoring. Now, with both vertical scan for capturing facades and perimeter scan for capturing entire structures, Site Scan makes it easier than ever to create richer point clouds and 3D meshes. Plan flights in 3D When flying with vertical scan, you can also take advantage of our new 3D flight planning workflow, which makes it easier for you to visualize your flight and plan it more effectively. Built in collaboration with Mapbox, 3D flight planning is especially valuable for vertical scan, as you plan flights up multiple stories of a building or the entire face of a mine. Learn more about how we made this on the Mapbox blog. Panorama mode Panorama of the

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How Drones Helped Preserve Important Cultural Artifacts on this Remote Micronesian Island

How Drones Helped Preserve Important Cultural Artifacts on this Remote Micronesian Island

Scientists unanimously agree that climate change is real and that its impacts are felt globally. One of the most obvious effects of climate change is sea level rise which has the potential to destroy coastal sites of cultural and historic significance in many different places around the world. While no one can single-handedly reverse the effects of climate change and sea level rise, efforts are being made to preserve existing land, buildings, and cultural heritage sites that are at risk. Drones can play—and are playing—a big role in these efforts. Thanks to their mapping and land assessment capabilities, new methods of preservation have been taking place through the application of drone use and photogrammetry. Kosrae The island of Kosrae, located in the Federated States of Micronesia, offers some interesting history and a largely unspoiled terrain. Kosrae, according to archaeological evidence, was settled at least by the early first millennium A.D. Micronesian ruins exist throughout Kosrae–an island that’s particularly rich in ancient history, World War II history, and even boasts a sunken pirate ship off its shores, popular with visiting divers. Kosrae is also affected by rising sea levels, and efforts are being made to help preserve the island’s most valuable artifacts.   Ruins on the coast of Kosrae Drones and the Photogrammetric Documentation of Kosraean Artifacts Dace Campbell is an architect with thirty years in the design and construction industry who has over twenty-five years of applied research experience in virtual and augmented reality. He’s also a Customer Success Manager

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