GIS Mapping Google Earth Picture

What the Heck is GIS Mapping?

GIS Mapping Google Earth Picture

Ravan AIR is based in Conneaut Lake, PA and offers a full line of drone technology services serving the oil and gas industry as well as other utilities. 

  • RAVAN Air is leading the oil and gas (Upstream-Midstream-Downstream) industry with safe photogrammetric pipeline inspection services
  • Download 3D models directly to iPhone or device
  • GIS mapping greatly reduces ROW issues
GIS Mapping Mission
Chief Pilot David Rock, navigates a microdrone during a RAVAN Air GIS mapping mission.

Indeed, this industry trend is bringing with it new technology, opening up the GIS mapping, gas detection & thermal imaging frontiers for this oil and gas drone service provider.

So what is GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping? David Rock, RAVAN Air’s Chief Pilot has over 500 logged drone flying hours and numerous FAA and safety certifications. He explains what a mapping mission consists of – making the flight path or flight plan over natural gas, oil, petrochemicals, and water pipelines.

GIS Mapping 3D Models to IPAD

Among RAVAN Air’s nationwide drone inspection servicesGIS mapping contractor is becoming increasingly in demand. This quickly growing oil and gas drone service provider explains why their safe, efficient and cost effective UAV inspections are all but replacing traditional helicopter or ground crew methods.

“There has been a really big shift in the industry geared toward safety and risk reduction, compliance management and a need for accurate data collection,” says RAVAN Air’s VP Ivan Hershberger.

GIS Mapping Photogrammetric Drone Inspection
GIS Mapping ray clouds (picture courtesy of RAVAN Air UAV inspection contracting and consultants.
  • RAVAN Air is leading the oil and gas (Upstream-Midstream-Downstream) industry with safe photogrammetric pipeline inspection services
  • Download 3D models directly to iPhone or device
  • GIS mapping greatly reduces ROW issues
GIS Mapping Mission
Chief Pilot David Rock, navigates a microdrone during a RAVAN Air GIS mapping mission.

Indeed, this industry trend is bringing with it new technology, opening up the GIS mapping, gas detection & thermal imaging frontiers for this oil and gas drone service provider.

So what is GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping? David Rock, RAVAN Air’s Chief Pilot has over 500 logged drone flying hours and numerous FAA and safety certifications. He explains what a mapping mission consists of – making the flight path or flight plan over natural gas, oil, petrochemicals, and water pipelines.

GIS Mapping 3D Models to IPAD

Among RAVAN Air’s nationwide drone inspection servicesGIS mapping contractor is becoming increasingly in demand. This quickly growing oil and gas drone service provider explains why their safe, efficient and cost effective UAV inspections are all but replacing traditional helicopter or ground crew methods.

“There has been a really big shift in the industry geared toward safety and risk reduction, compliance management and a need for accurate data collection,” says RAVAN Air’s VP Ivan Hershberger.

GIS Mapping Photogrammetric Drone Inspection
GIS Mapping ray clouds (picture courtesy of RAVAN Air UAV inspection contracting and consultants.
  1. GIS Mapping Mission is a photogrammetric drone inspection involving taking many still pictures. “Basically what we’re doing is flying RAVAN Air’s microdrone up to 350 feet or 400 feet, whatever height we need to get everything in, and taking still pictures,” says Rock. Specifically, 100 to 150 pictures are taken and each of those has its own ‘ray’. “The ray cloud shows where the drone took that picture from,” he says. “The view of the camera lens, that’s what the ray is.”
    Digital surface model and 3-D view.
  2. Picture combination into one 2D map or 3D model.  The onboard software takes calculations of the GPS coordinates and the ray angle then combines it into a 3D map. “We take pictures over that flightpath then upload it into PIX4D,” says Rock. PIX4D is software that ties all those many pictures together into one with all of the GPS coordinates. “The software figures out where each picture was taken by the GPS coordinate of the drone and provides a ray cloud of each,” he says

  3.  Upload to Google Earth on your iPhone or device. Mapping outputs are stored in a GIS compatible format so that anybody with GIS software can upload those and use them in their software. Some GIS compatible software is Google earth, Google maps, global mapper and CAD. RAVAN Air provides several customer convenient maps. “We can do orthomosaics, digital surface models, 3D model, digital terrain model, contour maps, 3D maps, volumetric measurements and point clouds,” says Rock.
     
    RAVAN Air flight data uploaded to Google Earth.
    Mapping ray clouds (picture courtesy of RAVAN Air UAV inspection contracting and consultants.)

It’s also worth noting that methane detection surveys and thermal imaging differ from GIS mapping. Thermal imaging involves infrared temperature images taken with a FLIR camera, which can also be done at night. RAVAN Air, a drone methane detection contractor, provides survey quality images and data for methane detection as well as drone thermal imaging consulting.

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