Using a Drone for Gas Line Inspection?

Is it possible to use an aircraft instead of a team of earthbound inspectors to check a gas line for leaks? Last week Seiler Instrument was in Illinois demonstrating how it's possible to get off the ground and examine hundreds of yards of gas line in minutes using the Microdrones MDtector. This aircraft uses a [...]

Are Drones Accurate?

  Are Drones Accurate? - For the common photogrammetry workflow, surveyors can count on accuracy of between 1 and 3 times the ground sample distance within the imagery collected by the drone. This is to say 1-3x the distance between the center of each neighboring pixel in the image, with typical processing software – so [...]

Seiler Office Modelled with Drone

Seiler Instrument Corporate Headquarters Modelled with Drone By Eric P. Seiler The Seiler Instrument Emerging Tech team collected aerial data from their 7 acre headquarters site in Kirkwood Missouri.  Using a DJI Matrice 200 Series Drone, the building was captured in a single mission with a 20 minute completion time. After the collection of the [...]

Press Release: Seiler Instrument partners with GeoSLAM!

Seiler Instrument recently announced the latest edition to its Geospatial Emerging Technologies Portfolio - The GeoSLAM Zeb-Revo. The GeoSLAM Zeb-Revo is a lightweight, revolving laser scanner.  Handheld, pole-mounted, or attached onto your chosen mobile platform such as a vehicle or UAV and pass through your target survey environment to record more than 40,000 measurement points/second. [...]

Top FAQ’s on UAS/Drones (Part 2)

Top Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) on UAS/Drones - Part 2... With the explosion of the drone market or the more formal term, unmanned aircraft systems, we asked Travis LeMoine, our Emerging Tech Director and Drone expert to put together the following FAQ's. 1. What locations are restricted from flight? In altitude, the FAA restricts a [...]

Top FAQ’s on UAS/Drones (Part 1)

Top Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) on UAS/Drones - Part 1. With the explosion of the drone market or the more formal term, unmanned aircraft systems, we asked Travis LeMoine, our Emerging Tech Director and Drone expert to put together the following FAQ's.   1.  Is a pilot's license still required to fly a drone?  A: [...]

Part Two in Webinar Series – UAS/Drone Sensors and Payloads

For those that missed our second webinar in our series - UAS/ Drone Sensors & Payloads- Part 2   Here is the link to view - Click Here to register and view webinar. The webinar was an overview regarding UAS (drone) sensors & payloads followed by a brief Q&A session. This webinar was the second in [...]

FAA Announces New Regs for Drones

The FAA has announced new regulations today regarding UAVs and drones (to be in effect in 60 days).  We're excited for the coming changes to allow a much less cumbersome process to safe UAS flights.  Please see the links below for more info directly from the FAA. Fact Sheet Summary All 624 pages of the new [...]

FAA imposes HUGE $1.9M fine for illegal UAS operations to SkyPan

This should serve as a wake up call to those operating outside the law with UAVs.  This company only recently came into compliance via the Section 333 exemption, and it's incredibly unlikely the FAA would have given them a COA to fly in the high density population areas in which they've flown. http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=19555