“Solving the Unsolvable:” Precision Aerial
Tell us how you’re using your Phoenix LiDAR System!
Tell us how you’re using your Phoenix LiDAR System!
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Optimize your LiDAR mission parameters before you fly. Calculate your flight plan, review estimated LiDAR data quality, and upload a terrain-following KMZ directly to your UAV! Explore the effects that different parameters have on your data before you fly. Estimate your data quality and reduce costs by experimenting with various flight paths, altitudes, and other variables using the Phoenix Flight Planner.
How does Phoenix Flight Planner Help Me? LiDAR data is heavily affected by sensor, altitude, terrain, and more. Using the Flight Planner tool, Phoenix customers can save time and money by planning missions before going into the field.
Calculate your flight plan based on your area of interest (AOI).
Estimate your LiDAR swath and point density based on terrain, speed, and more.
Anticipate MTA zones that may affect data quality, especially in uneven terrain.
Upload a terrain-following KMZ directly to your UAV.
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Editor Note: This partner spotlight is on Phoenix LiDAR, one of our RIEGL partners who specialize in unique multi-vehicle LiDAR solutions for their clients. We here at RIEGL are proud and honored to work with such a fantastic company and people.
Phoenix LiDAR are pioneers of the UAV LiDAR industry who continue to push research and development to bring customers surveying and mapping solutions that are lighter, more powerful, and easier to use. A RIEGL partner for many years, Phoenix consistently integrates RIEGL sensors into some of its most powerful LiDAR payloads to offer customers a balance of data accuracy, lower weight, and overall budget.
The company came to be in 2012 when CEO Grayson Omans foresaw the convergence of two industries: first, that LiDAR sensors would soon become light enough to fly on unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs or drones, and second, that UAV prices would soon drop enough that surveying organizations and the like would seek drone LiDAR solutions for their offerings. LiDAR, at that time, was widely used in surveying, but unmanned aerial LiDAR was an untapped opportunity.
After working with sensor manufacturers, Phoenix launched the industry’s first commercial UAV LiDAR system. As the UAV LiDAR market grew globally, Phoenix leveraged its head start to develop other “firsts,” including the first real-time 3D point cloud visualizer, which displays live data capture to reduce acquisition error in the field; the first fixed-wing VTOL UAV LiDAR system, which combines the speed of a fixed-wing with the asset protection that VTOL offers for survey environments without runways; and the first cloud-based LiDAR post-processing platform, LiDARMill, which reduces the high investment costs associated with post-processing (www.LiDARMill.com).
Another popular technology for surveying and mapping was, and still is, photogrammetry. Phoenix believes that LiDAR and photogrammetry form a strong complement to a surveyor’s tool chest. Because of its use of lasers, LiDAR addresses some of photogrammetry’s key shortcomings, like a lack of precision accuracy, an inability to penetrate vegetation, and limitations in poor light conditions. When used together, surveyors and mapping professionals are discovering that the pair are a powerful combination.
Phoenix LiDAR Systems
Phoenix LiDAR offers a wide range of custom, survey-grade LiDAR mapping systems, such as the Scout, the Alpha Series, the miniRANGER, and the RANGER Series.The Scout is an entry-level system that enables clients to use LiDAR to penetrate vegetation, map smaller areas, and inspect basic infrastructure. The Alpha and the miniRANGER are both mid-range systems that can tackle more demanding conditions, with the miniRANGER featuring the RIEGL miniVUX.
The most robust and accurate system offered by Phoenix is the RANGER Series, which features variations of the RIEGL VUX, along with Phoenix’s hardware and software. This system can be customized with a host of accessories and cameras, hyperspectral and thermal, to name a few, and is their most flexible system: compatible with aircraft, UAV/drones, vehicles, vessels, and even a backpack mount.
In addition to these custom LiDAR systems, Phoenix training helps clients understand every aspect of their investment, from LiDAR acquisition to post-processing, and even UAV pilot training. This support gives Phoenix clients all the tools needed to serve their clients, in turn.
By: Garrett Reim
Read the full article on the LA Business Journal website.
Los Angeles, CA — December 1, 2017 — Entrepreneurs looking to enter the fast-growing commercial drone sector are finding it tough to compete as low-cost models from China dominate the market.
But there are other drone-related manufacturing plays that can spell success to businesses here.
Case in point: Phoenix LiDAR in Palms ditched its efforts to build quadcopter drones several years ago after realizing it couldn’t compete against existing manufacturers, such as DJI of Shenzhen, China, which now has an estimated 70 percent share of the civilian drone market that is projected to grow to more than $100 billion annually.
Phoenix, which employs 26, rearranged its operations to solely manufacture light-weight, drone-mounted LiDAR sensors, a laser-based surveying tool similar to radar used to create 3-D maps of topography, power line infrastructure and construction sites. The company is burrowing deeper into its LiDAR niche with plans to release next year cloud-based software for calibrating and analyzing LiDAR data, according to its co-founder and Chief Executive Grayson Omans.
“We just decided to focus purely on how we can improve LiDAR, the processing of the data, and all the different packages for these different applications,” he said. “We’ve barely scratched the surface of this.”
While the technology is nascent, there’s lots of money on the table. Phoenix’s sensors cost between $50,000 and $250,000. The company’s shift away from drone manufacturing and towards specialized sensors is already bearing fruit. Last year the firm generated about $5 million in revenue and this year it is on track to double its sales. The five-year-old company has taken no outside funding, Oman said.
Phoenix’s business took off last year when the Federal Aviation Administration introduced Part 107, a new regulation which allowed personnel to fly drones for commercial use with a remote pilot airman certificate, a classification easier to achieve than a full-fledged pilot’s license.
“There was a long R&D phase, but as soon as Part 107 came out from the FAA and unlocked the U.S. market we saw a huge need for LiDAR,” said Omans.
Demand for the technology by everyday personnel is still limited by its complexity, however, said Omans. The company aims to solve that by automating much of the LiDAR calibration and analysis process with its forthcoming subscription-based software, which will cost $550 a month to $800 a month.
“At the end of the day collecting the data, is really the easy part,” said Andrew Aubrey, chief executive of SeekOps, a drone-mounted methane sensor manufacturer in Pasadena. “It’s having the expertise to process that data, and reuse that data, and turn it into actionable information, which is a huge part of the value chain.”
Omans envisions the task of flying drones, as well as collecting and analyzing data, will ultimately be completely automated and will allow drones to operate far beyond a human’s field of view.
“A lot of our utility customers’ line of site is maybe 5 power poles. They want to go miles and miles,” he said.
Cloud-based LiDAR platform automates trajectory processing, making the technology more affordable and accessible
Los Angeles, CA — October 25, 2017 — Addressing a major opportunity in the LiDAR industry, Phoenix LiDAR Systems has announced its LiDAR Mill platform, the first cloud-based, fully automated LiDAR post-processing tool. Historically, the large quantities of raw data generated by laser-based mapping systems has made processing a resource-intensive and sometimes cost prohibitive factor for many organizations. With LiDAR Mill, users can now upload raw mapping data directly to the cloud service and download processed data files in the industry-standard LAS format, with significant time and cost savings.
The LiDAR Mill platform breaks the formerly manual and highly technical post-processing procedure into three automated steps, or “pipelines.” The first, christened as the NavLab Pipeline, is a trajectory module that processes inertial and GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) data in forward and reverse several times to achieve the greatest possible accuracy. This trajectory is then fused with 3-dimensional XYZ LiDAR data to create an unfiltered LAS file, which can be further refined through other processing algorithm pipelines, like flight line matching, filtering, and more. The final product is a calibrated and “de-noised” point cloud with basic “ground/non-ground” classification. LiDAR Mill users can then download their data for further processing, or simply forward it to customers as a final deliverable.
As LiDAR technology becomes increasingly affordable, organizations seeking to conduct surveying or mapping operations can further take advantage of customizable solutions within the LiDAR Mill platform. The NavLab Pipeline, for example, can be used as a stand-alone module just for trajectory processing, or as the starting point for additional pipelines, like planimetrics, advanced classification, DTM (Digital Terrain Model) creation, and more.
“We’re excited to launch LiDAR Mill because it fills that gap in the UAV LiDAR mapping puzzle,” says CEO Grayson Omans, “it makes post-processing faster and affordable so that more organizations can use it.”
The use of LiDAR for mapping and surveying has long been a preferred method for teams in mining, utilities, forestry, and more. As the industry grows and hardware becomes more affordable, LiDAR Mill further drives down costs by automating post-processing and leveraging cloud computing. Phoenix LiDAR’s new platform enables even more companies to take advantage of the detailed 3D data LiDAR offers.
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Phoenix LiDAR Systems is an industry leader in building compact, survey-grade laser mapping and photogrammetry solutions, as well as cloud-based, automated data post-processing, enabling clients to collect detailed, 3D topographic information for a wide range of commercial and research applications, including engineering, construction, mining, and more. For more information, visit www.PhoenixLiDAR.com.
Vu Mark Nguyen
Director of Marketing
Sept 25, 2017, 08:00 PST from Phoenix LiDAR Systems
Today at the InterGeo tradeshow in Berlin, JOUAV and Phoenix LiDAR Systems unveiled the TerraHawk CW-30, a custom LiDAR equipped version of JOUAV’s popular CW-30 hybrid VTOL/fixed-wing aircraft. Hybrid VTOL / fixed-wing technology offers an innovative and logistically simple solution to the problem of takeoff and landing fixed-wing aircraft by combining the vertical takeoff & landing (VTOL) capabilities of a multirotor aircraft with the efficiency, speed, and flight endurance of a typical fixed-wing aircraft. The result is a reduced operational footprint – no runway requirement, no approach obstacle issues, no launch/recovery infrastructure required.
The TerraHawk CW-30 comes equipped with the Phoenix LiDAR Systems Ranger-LR-T, a custom, weight-optimized, complete LiDAR + Camera mapping system. This complete solution provides both high density LiDAR point clouds as well as high resolution ortho imagery. The Ranger LR-T is directly controlled via the JOUAV Ground Control Station for real time quality check and analysis. This pairing will map up to 52 km² in a single flight, absolute accuracy down to 2cm, and flight endurance of up to 120 minutes.
A highly portable and convenient design allows for transport/operation by only two technicians, and is flight-ready in less than 15 minutes. By eliminating launch & recovery equipment, there are significantly fewer items to transport and ship. Advanced automatic fail-safe mode with emergency multirotor landing capability means increased safety, and peace of mind for long range mapping missions.
Grayson Omans, CEO of Phoenix LiDAR Systems stated, “The TerraHawk CW-30 is our best-in-class LiDAR and imaging payload combined with the efficiency and safety of VTOL/fixed-wing technology. We’re thrilled to partner with JOUAV and introduce the TerraHawk CW-30 to the geospatial industry at InterGeo.”
For more information on the TerraHawk CW-30 visit JOUAV and Phoenix at InterGeo, co-located at booth IAS.B055, or visit https://www.phoenixlidar.com/terrahawk-cw-30/
Phoenix LiDAR Systems, located in Los Angeles CA, is a leading systems integrator in the UAV LiDAR market. The company builds compact, multi-vehicle compatible, survey-grade laser mapping & photogrammetry solutions.
Located in Chengdu China, JOUAV Automation Co. Ltd, is a leading manufacturer of multipurpose, high-quality, and superior performance UAV flight control systems. The company specializes in VTOL/Fixed-wing aircraft for commercial and military applications.
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The rise of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) usage across industries has led to incredible developments within the field of remote sensing.
UAVs have already been deployed to estimate vegetation height using a variety of sensors in agriculture and forestry. Current solutions allows surveyors to utilize HD consumer grade cameras in combination with LiDAR – enabling cheaper, faster remote sensing options than traditional photogrammetric and remote sensing practices. Additionally, Phoenix’ proprietary software in combination with sensors such as: NIR (near infra red), and/or multi- and hyperspectral cameras empower operators to acquire and fuse hi-res, two-dimensional image data with 3D point cloud data. These combined solutions can be applied across vegetation and topography, producing high resolution point clouds for projects like monitoring landscapes undergoing continuous changes. The most innovative surveying technology in this field has been proven to provide an increase in overall data accuracy than using either traditional sensing method on its own. High spatial and spectral resolution of this type of acquired data is necessary for an array of workflows: from properly classifying vegetation, to measuring 3D canopy structures, vegetation density, and even to specifying individual plant species, along with correlating plant health data.
Phoenix LiDAR Systems makes it possible to capture high resolution RGB (full colorized imagery) and other spectral bandwidths (thermal to hyperspectral), ortho-imagery, point cloud classification, digital terrain and elevation models within a well planned flight. Phoenix LiDAR Systems offers time and cost saving LiDAR solutions, introducing a more sustainable and non-destructive data acquisition option using multi-vehicle ready remote sensing systems.
Whether you’re calculating canopy heights and tree growth rates for power line and utilities management, ecosystems research and monitoring, or for vegetation management of gas and oil corridors, Phoenix has the right tool for your needs. View and experience point clouds within your browser by clicking this link -> sample data here.
Phoenix is getting ready for this upcoming InterGEO event in Berlin, Germany, September 26-28. Our biggest event of the year and the world’s No. 1 event for the geospatial community, InterGEO 2016 hosted 17,600 professional visitors from more than 107 countries across industries such as: land management, agriculture and forestry, remote sensing, geology, mining, spatial and land use planning, and more.
This year’s show will be focusing on the European Space Station’s COPERNICUS project, an EU initiative aimed at developing European information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in situ (non-space) data, acknowledging the growing importance of remote sensing. Further highlights of the event will include innovation across smart city/digital city planning and building, as well as the newest developments and applications within the unmanned aerial systems industry at the Interaerial Solutions section of the trade show.
Phoenix’ CTO, Dr. Ben Adler, will be hosting a brief conference talk Wednesday, September 27th from 1:30pm-2:00pm with debuting our newest Phoenix UAV + LiDAR data post-processing tools at the the IASEXPO InnovationsFORUM. Also make sure to catch our live flight demo at the Flightzone before the talk Wednesday, September 27th at 10:30am.
Leaving you with some impressions from last year and looking forward to seeing you this year!