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The Leica BLK2FLY is the world's first fully integrated LiDAR unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It is an autonomous flying laser scanner featuring advanced obstacle avoidance for easy UAV scanning. It is designed for anyone to easily and quickly capture the exterior features and dimensions of buildings, structures, and other environments that would otherwise be inaccessible or require a traditional drone or UAV with a LiDAR or photogrammetry payload. To operate it, a user makes a few simple taps on a tablet and the BLK2FLY captures an object's complete dimensions autonomously from the air.
While traditional UAVs can provide airborne reality capture and photogrammetry, they often take a top-down scanning perspective, resulting in scans with shadows, incomplete textures or missing details. They also aren't able to easily accommodate projects that vary in size and scope and variables including vegetation, cables and pipes, and reflective materials that also impact scan quality.
The BLK2FLY solves these challenges by capturing building exteriors, structures, and environments to create 3D point clouds while flying. Built on SLAM technology, the BLK2FLY features:
*Advanced obstacle avoidance for easy UAV scanning
*Advanced flight safety technology
*Fully integrated sensors
*Portable, with fast in-field set-up time
*Fast, autonomous laser scanning
The BLK2FLY is designed for anyone to easily and quickly capture the exterior features and dimensions of buildings that would otherwise be inaccessible or require a traditional drone or UAV with a LiDAR or photogrammetry payload. The BLK2FLY is operated through a companion app on a tablet to allow for fast, easy scanning and the BLK2FLY does not require special training other than a UAV pilot's license.
The BLK2FLY introduces the next generation of flight safety with advanced autonomous obstacle avoidance. SLAM technology and sensor fusion of LiDAR, radar, cameras, and GNSS ensures optimal and safe flight paths. The resulting colorized 3D point clouds are instrumental to building information modelling (BIM) processes, including documenting site conditions.
The BLK2FLY also addresses a costly and complex issue in building and renovating structures and solves for the variables that impact scan quality such as vegetation, cables and pipes, and reflective materials. The resulting scans provide all the necessary details and measurements.
With simple operation on a tablet, users can quickly and easily scan structures and environments accurately and entirely from the air.The airborne scanning provides value across multiple industries in need of accurate data of inaccessible or hard-to-reach areas (e.g., façade projections, rooftops), ensuring complete capture of a structure's exterior features and dimensions.
The BLK2FLY saves companies time and resources previously allocated to trying to accurately capture hard to reach or dangerous areas. These cost savings span across staffing, investments in alternative technologies, and potential insurance and safety risks.
Further, the product's ability to precisely capture an area ensures return trips are not required while also creating digital documentation of a space for future reference. The BLK2FLY also enables the user to remain in a safe location while the BLK2FLY scans inaccessible areas.
Following are examples of how the BLK2FLY is used:
Construction: Documents construction progress while freeing up staff to focus on other tasks. This saves time, improve accuracy, and provide better LiDAR coverage for exterior sites.
Architecture: Documents as-built conditions for retrofits and redesigns, the BLK2FLY offers a new way to autonomously scan the exterior of structures and buildings.
BIM:If BIM pros need a way to document an entire building's external dimensions and features with rapid laser scanning, BLK2FLY is the best way to gather BIM data.
The BLK2FLY underscores the company's commitment to being the global leader in digital reality solutions, combining sensors, software and autonomous technologies to empower an autonomous future.