3D LiDAR SLAM Drone Mapping
The Next Level of Drone Technology
Extreme Aerial Productions offers SLAM-based LiDAR and advanced, data-based analytics to create 3D maps of difficult-to-reach places. We use the Hovermap system, fitted to a drone, to fly and gather highly-accurate data underground, indoors, in dark spaces and more.
What is LiDAR?
Light detection and ranging technology, or LiDAR for short, is a laser-based system that creates 3D maps. The LiDAR sensor releases laser pulses in many directions and measures how long it takes for them to return to the system after bouncing off objects and surfaces. This time is then used to calculate distance and generate 3D maps of the area.
Learn about the differences between LiDAR and photogrammetry.
Get a Glimpse of What LiDAR Can Do
What is SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping)?
SLAM technology is an algorithm developed to lets UAVs find their way around and create detailed 3D maps, even in unknown areas, and without the need for GPS.
Meet the Hovermap
Extreme Aerial is proud to be the only drone service provider in all of Arizona to have a Hovermap STX in our fleet! Our Hovermap makes mapping of inaccessible areas safe, easy and fast, at a speed of 1 million+ points per second. Designed as a payload that can be carried by a UAV, Hovermap combines advanced collision avoidance and autonomous flight technologies to safely and rapidly map hazardous and GPS-denied environments.
The Hovermap can be easily mounted on a drone, a vehicle or backpack. Designed to generate advanced LiDAR maps, the Hovermap creates high resolution point clouds when flying, driving or walking.
Benefits of the Hovermap
Versatile: Fly, drive, walk, tether—the app can map any type of building, inside and out.
GPS-denied flight: Uses SLAM to create accurate maps in unknown environments, without the need for GPS.
Tap-to-fly autonomy: Capable of autonomous flight beyond line-of-sight and communication range.
Safety: Autonomous flight means that personnel can stay far from cliffs, confined spaces or precarious heights.
Efficient: Quickly and safely map inaccessible areas and assets with minimal disruption to operations.
Greater insights: Hovermap’s beyond-line-of-sight flight enables the capture of accurate, high-resolution point clouds without shadowing, and delivers greater confidence in analytical or modeling outputs.
Save time: The Hovermap can gather accurate data 8-18 times faster than any other method in the market. Hovermap pilots can fly an entire mission from take-off to landing using only a tablet. With Hovermap it takes a few minutes to image complex assets that would take hours using traditional survey techniques.
See Extreme Aerial Production’s LiDAR at Work
Why explain in words when the video speaks for itself! Here’s a brief preview of what LiDAR mapping looks like: