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DEC 2018

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56 • ROCKproducts • December 2018 EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY LOADOUT & DRONES Propeller, a cloud-based drone analyt- ics company, announced a partnership with DJI, the world's leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, to create the Propeller PPK Solution lever- aging the DJI Phantom 4 RTK drone. This solution provides customers in the civil, mining, aggregates and waste-manage- ment industries with a reliable and fully integrated drone mapping system, help- ing them collect highly accurate data from any worksite, without the chal- lenges of traditional workflows. The Propeller PPK Solution is a fully integrated software and hardware system that reliably provides photo- grammetric model outputs in geodetic, projected, or local coordinate systems. This solution provides accuracy of 1/10 ft. (3 cm) from independent check- points across small and large survey areas (checkpoints up to 1 km from GCPs). To capture surveys of this accu- racy, all that is needed is one AeroPoint on the ground (over a known point if working in local coordinates). The Pro- peller PPK Solution has been shown to reduce the time required to complete a drone survey by 70 percent as com- pared to a traditional workflow using multiple GCPs across a worksite. "DJI has led the drone market with their reliable and innovative products, and quickly demonstrated the ability for these machines to become useful tools in the heavy civil and natural resource industries," said Rory San Miguel, CEO of Propeller Aero. "Globally, these industries are seeing real cost savings and efficiencies through cloud-based analytics and using innovative new technologies like PPK drones com- bined with AeroPoints. Accurate data is paramount to worksite analytics and Propeller has always been obsessed with helping teams achieve this. We introduced the world's first smart ground control point, AeroPoints, and now we've partnered up with DJI to build an end-to-end PPK solution." On today's work sites, lack of proj- ect data costs businesses more than $177 billion annually. To help solve Propeller, DJI Offer Integrated Drone Mapping this problem, Propeller developed a tightly integrated PPK workflow across the DJI Phantom 4 RTK drone, an Aero- Point, and Propeller's cloud processing platform that visualizes real-time site data. Surveyors and contractors across construction, mining, aggregates and waste-management industries are leveraging the Propeller PPK solution to gather verifiable, trustworthy data to help make data-driven decisions and pre- vent costly mistakes. "Propeller's deep expertise in aerial mapping and analytics coupled with DJI's industry-leading open-platform drone hardware creates a highly accu- rate turnkey solution," said Jan Gasparic, director of strategic partnerships at DJI. "We are excited about this partnership because it broadens the use of DJI drones to deliver accurate data at a cost-effi- cient price point, helping teams better answer questions about site progress and productivity." The complete PPK solution will be dis- tributed through channel partners, including Trimble's SITECH distribution network. Trimble Stratus, a 3D cloud- based visualization platform developed by Propeller, along with AeroPoints, is already integrated with Trimble Con- nected Site solutions. "The advent of drones in the construc- tion industry has improved efficiencies, and Trimble Stratus users are already benefiting from the ease-of-use and scalability of drone-based surveys," said Scott Crozier, general manager, Trim- ble Civil Engineering and Construction. "With the new Propeller PPK Solution and Trimble Stratus software, we've seen first-hand how surveyors and con- tractors can collect aerial survey data in a fraction of the time it used to take, and get repeatable and reliable results." Propeller,

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