The Australian Pipeliner

A new unmanned aerial system technology that drastically reduces aerial mapping project time and improves safety has been unveiled to the pipeline industry.

MAVinci’s latest offering to the unmanned aerial system (UAS) market, the Sirius Pro UAV, offers the same 5 cm accuracy as a Sirius Classic without the need for ground control points (GCPs).

Traditionally GCPs have been required for UAS modelling applications.

This revolutionary new system removes the need to set up GCPs altogether, saving time, reducing cost and increasing efficiency.

It also allows areas that are difficult to access, hazardous or very large to be aerially surveyed with ease.

“Setting out ground control can often take more than 50 per cent of the total project time for an aerial survey,” explained UAS Product Manager for MAVinci’s Australasian distributor, Position Partners, Gavin Docherty.

“By removing this step in the process, the Sirius Pro delivers the same accuracy and reliability of data with ultimate convenience for the user.”

The Sirius Pro features Topcon Positioning System’s high precision global navigation satellite system (GNSS) technology, with an on-board Topcon 100 Hz dual frequency geodetic GNSS receiver to deliver Real Time Kinematic (RTK) accuracy.

The MAVinci Connector then works as an RTK base station, which transmits corrections to the GNSS receiver on-board, enabling high precision surveying in real-time.

The Sirius Pro unmanned aerial vehicle essentially puts ground points in the air, eliminating the need for manual set-out on the ground.

This technology could prove a game changer for any surveyor wanting to undertake large-scale mapping and topographical surveys and is especially useful for mining applications.

By Press