Drones at Work

Drones potential answer to Great Wall of China preservation worries

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Drones have been called in to help the effort towards saving the Great Wall of China. The UAVs are able to assess places on the wall which were previously completely cut off. This means the people working on restoring the 13,000 mile fortification can gain a better understanding of the task before them. A report carried out by BBC News shows how the drones are being used to evaluate building patterns and find out if there are any structural faults which need to be managed. Zhao Peng, a Great Wall architect, told the BBC: “Some sections of the wall are
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iRed joins forces with Topcon in product and training offering move

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iRed, a thermal imaging consultancy in the UK, has teamed up with Topcon, a global positioning partner for construction and geo-businesses in the UK and Ireland. The collaboration will bring together Topcon’s oil and gas UAVs, the Intel Falcon 8+ and Sirius Pro, with iRed’s accredited in-house training and support capabilities. The new partnership hopes to offer customers access to complete specialist solutions for their professional imaging and mapping projects. Tim Mammatt, business sevelopment manager at iRed, commented on the move, he said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer the Falcon 8+ and Sirius Pro to our customers, they
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Heliguy hosts emergency services roadshow in Lincolnshire

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Heliguy has hosted an emergency services roadshow in Lincoln, in partnership with DJI. The scene, put together by event organisers, featured a derailed train and a number of casualties which emergency services had to use a drone to deal with as part of a demonstration. The event, held last Tuesday, also doubled up as the official launch of the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise release in the UK. Emergency services used the new loudspeaker feature on the drone to give a message to the casualties of ‘This is the emergency services. Please remain calm. Help will be with you shortly’ in
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Network Rail seeks out drone partners as part of maintenance framework plan

Network Rail is looking for a drone pilot training partner and a supplier as part of a maintenance work framework plan. The information comes as the firm issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) for its upcoming Unmanned Aircraft Systems Framework. According to a report from the New Civil Engineer, the framework will cover infrastructure inspections and maintenance checks which will be carried out on the network via drone. Split into five lots and totalling £2.6m, the framework will be carried out over a three to five year period and will focus on structures and bridge surveys, embankment checks, Overhead Line
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VIDEO: UK university team returns from drone volcano mapping trip

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A team of scientists and engineers from the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol have returned from Guatemala where they have been teaching local scientists how to use drones to map a volcanoes. Supported by the World Bank and the British Embassy in Guatemala, the team have been assisting volcanologists at the Guatemalan government agency responsible for monitoring volcanoes. The local scientists took part in a four-day workshop led by Dr Rick Thomas from the University of Birmingham’s School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science and were trained in safe flight protocols, data acquisition and image processing using quadcopters and 3D
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Australian beach council to use drones for coastline patrol

Northern Beaches Council lifeguards and rangers in Australia are currently undertaking drone qualifications to operate drones. The move is part of a plan to give the team greater capability to keep beaches safe and supplement existing regulatory resources. The tailor-made Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight) qualification has been offered to four council lifeguards and two rangers. Once completed, the staff will receive their Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Remote Pilot License (RePL), as well as their Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC). On the training scheme, Northern Beaches mayor, Michael Regan, said: “We’re very lucky
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Openreach turns to drone operations for fibre broadband connection in Scottish Highlands

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Openreach used a drone to fly a fibre broadband cable across a river in the Scottish Highlands. The UAV was used to connect a remote home in the area with the network, providing it with a better quality of internet. According to a report by the BBC, the team had previously attempted to attach cables to fishing lines, golf balls and even hammers, but had been mostly unsuccessful. Chief engineer for Openreach in the North of Scotland, Kevin Drain, told the BBC: "Although Glenmazeran is only 20 miles from Inverness, the properties are very remote and scattered. We've had to
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Fire service finds it “hard to imagine” operations without drone use after plant blaze

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Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service has commended the importance of drones in its work after battling asphalt plant blaze. The team released aerial drone footage showing the effort to put out an industrial fire at Pounder Emulsions in Transcona on Monday. According to a report by CBC news, the blaze broke out at the asphalt plant at 10am and sent plumes of smoke and a toxic stench into the air that led to evacuations and put thousands of under an order to stay indoors. It went on to detail how fire chief John Lane said the drone had become an integral
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AirWorks 2018: DJI and Microsoft build on partnership with Windows SDK launch

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DJI and Microsoft took to the keynotes stage at this week’s Airworks conference to launch the public preview of their Windows SDK. The announcement was part of DJIs push to partner with industry leaders in order to enhance its ecosystem. The SDK sets out to enable drone solutions developers to wirelessly transfer images to Windows-powered edge devices, integrate and control drones and allow third-party payloads via Windows apps to bring real-time AI and machine learning capabilities to imagery from DJI drones. DJI hopes the move will 'exponentially' increase the way drones can be used and scaled up within an enterprise
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