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Ground-based Surveying – Landborne Robot Use Case

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Ground-based surveying is a crucial step in producing topographic maps of an area that needs to be used for a building or any type of site. These maps are often produced by hand with a team manually scanning an area from the ground, which takes a lot of time and can be potentially dangerous.

Landborne robots like Spot can automate this process and improve data quality all in less time than it would take a team to do it manually.

How does ground-based surveying work?

  1. Spot is programmed with a mission path and is equipped with the surveying payload from Trimble.
  2. Once notified, Spot will awake itself from its dock and start the mission. While its walking around the area it continues to capture data, creating a full picture. Spot will continue to do this until a high-quality map is created, filling in any gaps along the way.
  3. The data is transferred in real-time to the team, while a higher quality version is stored locally.
  4. Once complete, Spot goes back to its dock, chargers, downloads the data, and gets ready for the next mission.

Benefits of using landborne robots

  • The scanning time needed is heavily reduced with autonomous routes pre-planned and zero need for human interaction.
  • Efficiency is increased as humans can be assigned to other tasks.
  • Data quality and repeatability is increased thanks too highly accurate routes and the ability to use larger surveying payloads, such as those from Trimble.

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