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European funding fast-tracks drone based geotechnical investigations

EMerald Geomodelling in partnership with SkyTEM, SDU and NGI has successfully secured Eurostar’s funding for a € 1.6 M development project. The funding will help finance the event of a drone-based system and piloting with strategic partners over subsequent 30 months. EMerald and SkyTem will deal with the challenge of unacceptable amounts of user’s time and money used up in cost overruns in infrastructure projects.

Enabling new markets

The helicopter-based solution features a high entry cost and comparably low resolution. This limits the ROI for little infrastructure projects that depend upon high accuracy and have limited ground investigation budgets.

The UAV-based workflow will bridge this gap, with the answer being lower cost, faster and better in terms of accuracy and determination. ConstructionDive quoted Andi Pfaffhuber, CEO of EMerald Geomodelling as saying that faster, better and cheaper is typically the standard wish that can’t be fulfilled, but with the change from a half-a-ton helicopter sensor to some dozen kilos on a drone they will make this dream reality. Their vision is to increase their resource saving workflow from large linear infrastructure projects to all or any infrastructure developments that today suffer under unsustainable traditional workflows.

When the merchandise is fully developed, they aim to scale it to become a replacement standard for any geotechnical investigating. This scaling will hopefully enable them to scale back the value of their services by one order of magnitude making it accessible for nearly any project. This development increases the sustainability of infrastructure investments, both in terms of costs and carbon emissions, additionally to form the answer easier to use in smaller projects.

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