Support for new Mavic 3 Enterprise series drones from DJI has been added to UgCS. These drones are supported via a new feature of route export from UgCS to DJI Pilot 2 (KMZ/WPML format).
It unlocks the ability to plan vertical inspections and complex surveys with terrain following. Moreover, it makes it possible to plan flights on a desktop computer for Mavic 3 Enterprise series drones.
Terrain following in UgCS is done using either default SRTM4 terrain elevation data or by using custom imported digital elevation or digital surface models (DEM/DSM). Flight height is calculated by keeping a constant AGL altitude above the terrain. Moreover, since flight planning in UgCS is done in 3D, it gives drones pilots more confidence in where the drone is going to be at each point in the mission with respect to the terrain below.
Vertical scan tool in UgCS assists in automating inspections of vertical objects including open-pit walls, chimneys, buildings, dams as well as telecommunication towers and other structures. Not only does it save drone operators time and money, but it also makes vertical inspections easily repeatable once the initial flight plan has been done and executed, making it possible to monitor the changes in the structure over time by performing the flight with the exact same positions on a regular basis.
Data collected in vertical surveys can be used for creating orthomosaics, 3D models, performing thermal inspections and defect detection, such as cracks in dam walls or damage to the facade of a building.