The Way forward for Drone Mapping with the DJI Phantom four RTK

Last week, DJI announced its latest quadcopter for trade: the Phantom 4 RTK. This product marks a major funding by DJI in the future of aerial mapping, and we couldn’t be more excited about the impact it’s going to have on our community of drone operators.

While DJI incessantly releases new drone fashions annually, the Phantom 4 RTK isn’t your average drone. It’s an enormous leap forward and will undoubtedly have a significant impact on aerial mapping for years to come. Why? The advent of a quadcopter with built-in RTK capabilities means highly accurate drone information is now accessible to anyone. And we’re joyful to announce that Phantom four RTK data might be processed with DroneDeploy.

Until now, gathering highly accurate RTK drone information required a big hardware investment on your part. You either had to shell out upwards of $25,000 for a fixed-wing drone with built-in RTK, add an additional PPK kit to an current drone in your fleet, or create a custom RTK quadcopter.

You can now purchase a drone that comes ready to produce survey-grade maps off the shelf at a 3X low cost to earlier RTK systems. And it is compatible with the batteries and other equipment you already own together with your Phantom four or Phantom four Pro.

The Phantom four RTK produces high-decision drone maps (hi there, 20MP sensor!) and 3D measurements which might be accurate within a number of centimeters — all with out using ground management factors (GCPs). We were able to test the Phantom 4 RTK in advance of its release, and our preliminary testing produced accurate measurements within 1–three centimeters in X&Y, and 5 centimeters in Z.

Not only will you gather more precise data, but your map exports from DroneDeploy will align completely to BIM models and other software. And whenever you evaluate maps over time, or side-by-side, each map will line up for more environment friendly comparisons. Why? Because every photograph location taken with the Phantom four RTK is successfully an aerial GCP. That’s an enormous win for execs comparing job site progress, crops, and even measuring aggregate stockpile volumes.

Before the Phantom 4 RTK, if you happen to wanted to make use of a complete RTK mapping system out of the box, it required a fixed-wing aircraft. While these are great for some industrial makes use of, they are tough to maneuver and fly in urban and residential areas. If you wish to examine a building or take a quick survey of your site, you’d have been hard-pressed to do so safely with fixed-wing craft. With the Phantom 4 RTK you possibly can take off, hover, and land on a busy construction site with ease, or inspect a roof in a residential neighborhood while avoiding timber and structures.