3 Points in Space Media is a fully-compliant operator under Transport Canada and the FAA in the United States. We are presently setting up a TC compliant UAV pilot course for Canadian UAV pilots. Coming Soon. Register for updates. Plans are to have the course package on-line by mid-spring.
Please see the above video from Transport Canada giving basic information about flying UAVs.
3 Points has the capability of flying a wide variety of payload packages. These packages include:
The miniaturization of sensor and imaging systems along with the increase in power of the UAVs has rapidly expanded the applicability of this technology. UAVs can be equipped with a full range of advanced imaging technologies that can capture a wide range of data and detail that can have a marked impact on the decision-making process due to the unique vantage points and data sets that the UAV can achieve. These technologies have the ability to capture data from great distances or images that are undetectable by the human eye. And at a granular level of detail that allows the decision-maker a level of processing that was often out of the reach of small and medium businesses.
One of the consequences of the sophistication of the imaging systems that can be mounted as a payload on a UAV are those of privacy; numerous laws are being currently contemplated to deal with these privacy issues. In the most basic systems, the laws will deal with video and photograph imaging. But there are other technologies that take it a step further, such as thermal imaging devices, radar that can see through walls or biometric recognition technologies that could enable targeting surveillance or the collection of unique information about the individuals. Essentially, UAVs equipped with an array of sophisticated technology “greatly magnify the human capacity to observe.” 3 Points is aware of all these legal implications and enactment of new laws. Part of our job is ensuring that the client understands how these new laws are going to affect their job preventing any legal implications flowing to the client.
The output of photogrammetry is typically a map, drawing, measurement, or a 3D model of some real-world object, structure or sceneplace. Many of the maps used today are created with photogrammetry programs fromand photographs taken from aircraft.
Types of Photogrammetry:
Photogrammetry can be classified a number of ways but one standard method is to split the field based on camera location during photography. On this basis we have Aerial Photogrammetry, and Close-Range Photogrammetry.
In Aerial Photogrammetry the camera is mounted in an aircraft and is usually pointed vertically towards the ground. Multiple overlapping photos of the ground are taken as the aircraft flies along a flight path. These photos are processed in a stereo-plotter (an instrument that lets an operator see two photos at once in a stereo view). These photos are also used in automated processing for Digital Elevation Model (DEM) creation.
In Close-range Photogrammetry the camera is close to the subject and is typically hand-held or on a tripod (but can be on a vehicle too). Usually this type of photogrammetry is non-topographic – that is, the output is not topographic products like terrain models or topographic maps, but instead drawings, 3D models, measurements and point clouds. Everyday cameras are used to model and measure buildings, engineering structures, forensic and accident scenes, mines, earth-works, stock-piles, archaeological artifacts, film sets, etc. This type of photogrammetry (CRP for short) is also sometimes called Image-Based Modeling.