Many other surface mapping companies rely on technology that can’t adequately differentiate between obstructions such as vegetation and other types of problem areas on sites. Our cost-effective, yet results-driven application of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scanning enables for unprecedented clarity using industry-leading Riegl VUX-1 UAV and LR sensors, the first to be deployed nationwide on UAVs by RME Geomatics in Canada. Collecting high-resolution topographical data custom-focused to site-specific needs and boasting quick transferability from UAVs to helicopters, LiDAR enables for 3D feature analysis with precise data measurements that can be closely calculated and reported through GNSS and laser metadata.
LiDAR’s creation of contour maps and bare earth/full feature models enables clients to capture precise real-time ground data with or without vegetation cover using multi-echo technology. It is a cost-effective, quick, and deeply customizable form of data collection, ideal for capturing infrastructure such as power lines and building features.
Exploring and inspecting mineral deposits can be difficult, and usually progress is stunted from a lack of appropriately sized or mobile aerial inspection equipment. Our aeromag technology utilizes small, highly maneuverable aerial UAV devices that can get up close and personal with minerals, sensing their magnetic field even in areas with low resolution. It is a practice widely adopted in mineral extraction and mining, as aeromag technology mitigates risk to people and equipment, all while collecting ample high-quality readings nimbly and cost-effectively. Regardless of whether a client is exploring oil or hard mineral deposits, our technology can deliver results safely, quickly, and without skipping a single crucial detail.
RGB imagery involves the process of capturing multiple high-resolution images to build a comprehensive and detailed map of an area. Complete with optimized vibration isolation and L1/L2 RTK-ready direct georeferencing, our camera systems provide clients with a highly detailed picture of a specified area.
Collectively, this means that there will be reduced field time, lower acquisition costs, and a more efficient workflow. Clients can expect results in a quick and efficient manner, and we can also generate point cloud data from collected RGB imagery for basic volumetric or topographic analysis.
Boasting up to six simultaneous channels and 450-1050nm-spectrum data processing, RME’s multispectral imagery provides an incredibly detailed high-resolution solution for any aerial surveillance needs that demand utmost accuracy. By combining red, blue, green, and infrared light in a specially engineered imaging format, we can provide clients with an even more detailed look at vegetation and the immediate environment. For example, healthy plants will appear in a more vibrant shade of green than others, which could correspond to a higher biomass and will be highlighted in this imagery. It is widely used in determining environmental risks, hazards such as pests or poor drainage, pollution, and crop damage, and to identify different species and growth patterns.
What our sophisticated LiDAR system can do for aerial and surface mapping, our bathymetry technology can apply it to underwater surveillance tasks for the best data visualization possible. Comprised of an autonomous boat and sonar scanner just under the water’s surface, it produces high-resolution maps of a specified site. Bathymetry is useful in a variety of water management scenarios, generally used to identify flood risks, crevices, construction hazards such as submerged objects, and to track flows. It is useful in determining sediment conditions, drainage areas, and shoreline stability, enabling clients to understand the impact any bodies of water will have on their sites, and vice versa.
RME’s UAV (drone) systems are regarded as leading-edge aerial and surface surveillance machines. Featuring mobile and rapid deployment capabilities, GPS waypoint autonomous navigation, integrated direct geo-referencing, and a flight time of 1-2 hours, they, named by us and patented as the Renegade, are workhorses inside and out. Specially designed to carry our top-of-the-line LiDAR high-resolution imaging system, our UAVs boast an 11kg payload weight and maximum take-off weight of 35kg.
As opposed to requesting a full-scale aircraft that cost thousands of dollars per hour of flight time for surveillance needs, our UAVs, which are transported by road vehicle directly to the site, offer a far more cost-effective, quicker, and more detail-oriented solution.
When a site surveillance project is just too big for a UAV, our technology is engineered to work in manned aircraft situated close to the project site. We have integrated our modular system with two types of manned aircraft that can be specially customized for all client needs to maximize detail, cost-effectiveness, or speed of service. Our Bell 206 and Cessna 206 aircraft are designed for mobilization in as little as 72 hours, with our Bell 206 helicopter, used in over 50% of contracted projects. Combined with Riegl VUX-1LRLIDAR and our suite of camera sensors, these highly precise surveillance aircraft include our Novatel GNSS, 5-camera oblique imagery, and standard nadir RGB imagery systems for simultaneous capture and ultra high-resolution mapping.
Our mobile mapping technology incorporates our thoroughly field-tested and efficient LiDAR system to provide high-resolution infrastructural mapping to clients in a variety of environments. Municipalities as well as oil and gas industries are adopting this technology to create more cohesive and detailed scans of sites, resulting in quicker planning and increased cost-effectiveness.
With a single side-by-side vehicle scan of an infrastructural element such as a road or sign, the collected piece of data can be re-used in multiple departments and implemented in all sorts of forms of analysis, minimizing time spent out in the field. Mobile mapping is perfectly suitable for every type of scan imaginable, including that of hydro lines, street signs, building facades, and structural components.
Our application of BVLOS (otherwise known as beyond visual line of sight) involves enhancing UAV inspection effectiveness beyond what the naked eye can see. RME Geomatics is continually striving to test and innovate with this new and as-yet industry-wide unimplemented technology through various research and development initiatives, which is resulting in the creation of our own proprietary technology for satellite communications. Despite our confidentiality on the subject of BVLOS progression at this time, clients will be pleased to learn that we’re working closely with Transport Canada on a regular basis to continue to push boundaries and open up a whole new world for UAV surveillance.