Java Post doing 3D Aerial Mapping
Topics: Java Blog
This past fall, Java Post Aerial Photography was out doing some aerial mapping for a large industrial complex. Using one of our UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as a "drone"), Java Post can create very accurate high resolution 3D aerial maps of large areas and industrial complexes.
And it takes a lot of images. Over the course of four to five shooting days on this project, our Java Post Aerial Photography crew captured more than 15,000 separate images, both from the air and also from the ground. Those images were then processed into 3D maps.
Our primary UAV pilot, "Java Jack" Tunnicliffe, starts the day with a preflight selfie. It was a gorgeous day for flying.
Parked out in a field, the Java Post Aerial Photography vehicle (our "UAV SUV," as we call it) is our base of operations. Although the hood is up, we're not stranded and waiting for a battery boost. In fact, we're doing just the opposite.
We're powering up a powerful multi-slot charger to keep our UAV (drone) batteries fresh. We've got more than 15,000 images to capture, and that means our UAV is going to be spending a lot of time in the air. That takes a lot of battery power.
Sitting on its high-tech launch mat In the foreground is our DJI Inspire UAV equipped with the X5R 4K RAW camera. This is one of several different UAVs flown by Java Post Aerial Photography, depending on project and flight requirements. In the background is our secondary pilot, camera operator, and UAV technician Trevor Bennett.