This LiDAR Drone does it ALL + special reveal at the end!
Now we can scan objects forward. Today were scanning this bridge here behind me, im going to show you how it works. Lets fly Music Music in this video im debuting the brand new facade mount for the r2a lidar from my company roc robotic. This mount allows you to go from one configuration which is in nadir mode, pointed straight down from mapping rotate it by 90 degrees to start mapping the sides of objects or the facades of objects, and this could be the sides of buildings. It could be sides of cliffs and today were doing the side of this bridge here behind me. Now its actually really quick and easy to go from facade mount. Take it right off. Now you have the lidar you can put on the sky port in the drone. Do nadir mode this is actually exactly were gon na do today were gon na fly above this bridge behind me, get from the top down and then were going to pop on the facade mount boom and mount it and start flying front skiing. The side of the object lets talk a little bit more about this bridge, so the mission today is to map this bridge. Behind me, this is a steel, lattice structure bridge and it spans a thousand feet and its 172 feet high at the tallest point. Now, what were thinking is about using the r2a and flying a nadir mode first to cover the top flying down and back so we can get both sides of these tracks in really high detail and then pop it on the facade, mount and doing the side scan To capture the side, detail of all the support structures, but lets go, take a little bit closer look at the actual latticework, so you get a good idea what it looks like in real life before we fly it and look at the data later.
All right now were down here at the foot of the structure, and here we can see all of the detail. These rivets weve got these cross beams here and a lot of lattice work. Thats holding this whole structure together its very big, its going to be a its going to be a challenge to map this and get all the good data that we need. Lets go up to matt and start talking to him about some mission planning and how were going to tackle this job. Hey matt just got done showing these guys a close up of the bridge. Okay want to talk to you a little bit about how youre thinking were going to fly this thing uh. Well, we got a couple things we got to do were going to fly nadir over the top down and back down and back get everything covered that way. Thats also going to cover the tracks, as well as the ground, okay and then were going to go ahead and fly sideways along up and down. You know one elevation drop down. Another elevation drop down another elevation and get it from both sides with the front forward facing r2a facade mount. So it sounds like a great idea: thats gon na be cool. What do you think so? It looks like theres some tight spots, some trees and we got some visual observers. What do you think if i follow it with the with the mavic this guy? I already got it for you.
There you go nice, so ill fly. The mavic yeah youre, going to chase me with that youre going to keep eyes on me with that, and then we have a vo thats watching us as well, and yeah were going to get nice and tight in some spots because it is rather tight on the On the on the ends, but then we get a pull away and get a nice little scan from uh from a further distance where it opens up in the middle awesome, thats a great idea, man, yep and then the only other thing that were going to do Is were going to do a drop and pivot. You know, because the lidar scan is actually vertical like this now, instead of down at the ground, its like this so were actually going to do a yaw scan and get it that way so well drop. Do a little yaska and drop to a little yas can in those spots where we cant really fly sideways because theres trees or vegetation or scary stuff yeah. No, i think that sounds like a solid plane. Okay, why dont? We just go ahead and uh. Send it lets get it done. Lets get it done. All right, lets fly Music. Call me the joker call me the fool when she calls. I always here to lose my cool baby Music, all right. Well, we just finished flying all the missions for the day now lets go back to the office.
Look at that data, its going to look awesome, Music! Welcome back to the office. We just got done flying the new facade mount here on the r2a and a quick few notes about my experience flying earlier today. It was awesome. It really was very well balanced. It was super simple to go from the nadir mode which putting that on the drone and then popping this back on and going into our facade mode and then also we actually flew it on top of the m300 mounted just like that pointed straight up. So we can fly underneath the bridge which is really dope as well. So that was really easy and then now were going to jump into the rock cloud and im going to show and reveal another awesome new thing that we did and today im really releasing it. For the first time – and that is our rock cloud 2.0 and what this is, one amazing feature that im going to show you today, which i couldnt imagine doing point cloud editing in the cloud. So youre going to be able to classify manually your data in the cloud and what were going to use that to do today is the fact that we flew the nadir, the facade and looking straight up. So each one of these orientations has a different thing that we wanted to see. We want to see the top of that rail in really good detail. We want to see the side of all those pillars and structures the lattice work, and then we want to look underneath the bridge and get that data.
So what im going to do is im going to cut out all the other data that wasnt the choice? Data for that particular orientation of the sensor, and what this is going to do is going to enable us to clean up the data set and get the best data set out of this. So lets go ahead and jump into the rock cloud. Take a look at those data sets right now and then lets start editing some data. Okay. So here we are in the rock cloud. I got. Those five data sets loaded up im going to click on the compare view and bring them all up in the same visualizer and were going to see all five data sets overlapped on top of each other. So here we are load it up boom and it looks pretty darn awesome right off the bat. We got this noise and this noise is what were going to classify out and what this noise actually is is because, when youre in that facade mount mode, this is its just like a lens flare like a regular camera its whenever it pointed right into the sun And captured the suns rays, you can actually see probably what time of day it is. If you calculate the angle of this and figure out where we were sitting and flying youd get a pretty good idea exactly what time i shot this. This bridge now were looking at in the elevation view.
So im going to do is come over here in the quick tools im going to pop in this. Compare so now were actually going to show the five different data sets in false color, and so you can see all the five there and i think the most important thing i want to show you really quick lets. Take a quick look at this nadir. The very first flight and im going to go ahead and turn this into that rgb, because this is probably the most impressive. So this is the rgb from the nadir its loading gosh. That looks that looks pretty darn impressive on those railroad ties. Okay. So now, what im going to do is im going to go into individually. These data sets and go ahead and edit them and remove the noise, and some of that overlap from the different data sets so im going to leave that nadir covering the top surface and then im going to take my facade scan im going to remove that top Surface from that, so that way i got the top from the nadir and the side from the facade and im going to merge those together on the rock cloud to make one final product. But if we can take one quick second to look back at this data, set it just loaded the rest of those points and im im im pretty amazed. This looks this looks awesome. This actually looks a lot better than i was uh intending and hoping because you know we flew in the left side and the right sides to kind of get the two sides of these uh these rails and that just looks phenomenal.
All right lets jump into editing. So here i have the facade scan number two. This is the second flight pattern we did during the data acquisition and we can see all that sun data coming up so im gon na go ahead and click this little pencil, icon top right, im, gon na go ahead and add a new classification. You can see. I can click right there and then im going to select this and now what i can do is. I can just easily expand this box and were going to be able to select all these points that we want to be removed. So im going to go ahead and just do this for this one, quick selection, you can just see right there, just selecting that area, see in pink and were going to go scope any so its going to take it from any class. So this data could be in my classes and were going to send it to this high noise class, so thats, where its going to go. All im going to do. Is click save and now its applying that classification right now and this is applying it to the actual laz or lis file that i uploaded. So this is going to be a true classified data set that im just doing with a couple clicks of the button and there we go. The classification been applied and click refresh, and we should see that new class showing up right here there we go thats it in purple, so there we go, and i classified that lighter data set and then now when were in that merged view, thats going to be Totally turn off.
You can turn that off now im going to go ahead and do this for the rest of the data sets and bring it all together and then were going to take a look at that final product: Music Applause, Music, Applause, Music, so Music, all right now! I just finished editing all those data sets and here were going to take our first look at them all combined together and look at that. That is thats phenomenal. So you know now you can see how its cleaned up so much before here. I can actually go ahead and i can turn on all of the data set with all the noise and then i can go ahead and turn off all that noise for all of them, and you can see the difference right there. You can see exactly what i did. I was able to clean up all the data sets and merge them into one, so im going to go ahead. All this data is, of course, again its shared in the link below you can see it all. You can play with it and there you go. That was the rock cloud new point cloud editing functionality and you just saw how i was able to easily combine those five different data sets to get one beautiful, looking finalized model out of the rock r2a, with the new facade mount, but also flying in the nadir And also pointed straight up, underneath the bridge, how he combined all those data sets and using the rock cloud and that new functionality really made all this possible.
But this tool is going to be used for so much more and im really excited to be playing around with the ability to just control my data, and i think that right there is the pure essence of what were doing. Is you have control over this data and i have so many ideas i want to do with it, and i know you do too so thats really on the surface level. Whats so awesome about this and on kind of look underneath the hood theres a few other things that you know. I know that you dont know, but everything that we do now is 90 faster. It is so fast. So, whenever we do all the ai and the computer vision on these data sets to get the bare earth and the topos or the power line classification or looking at mobile data all of this functionality. Since we rewrote the very way that las and laz file format is made to be optimized, this is now so fast and so efficient. So the experience for everyone is going to be better but theres so much more to come from this and im so excited. This is just the first release in this anyways. I can talk about this all day, im going to stop right there, because this was a great video and i enjoyed making it. I enjoyed showing these tools.