UAV Surveys UNESCO World Heritage in Mexico

by | Jul 8, 2014

Kassel, Germany, July 2, 2014”The Mexican company SkyBótica and the German drone manufacturer Aibotix have created detailed 3D models of the library and stadium of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The point clouds with a resolution of up to 5 mm are based on geo-referenced, high resolution aerial images, generated with the Aibot X6 UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).

The library, whose facade is decorated with large mosaics, done by several artists, including the famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera, and the Olympic University Stadium (Estadio Olímpico Universitario), home of the UNAM Pumas, belong to the Central University City Campus of UNAM, part of UNESCO World Heritage since 2007.

Equipped with a digital camera, the Aibot X6 generated in two flights, high-resolution, geo-referenced images of the outer skin of the library. The mission ensured a sufficient image overlap, and the necessary capture angles with absolute stability “ even with the inherent wind turbulence caused by the structure itself. “The Aibot X6 enables us to generate high-resolution photos from the best perspectives with little time and effort,” explains Jörg Lamprecht, Managing Director at Aibotix. During the flight, both vertical (nadir) and horizontal (oblique) images were taken. The data collected in this way was then processed further with the photogrammetry software Agisoft PhotoScan into a point cloud, a 3D model and an orthophoto, all with a resolution of up to 5 mm. With the photos you also get a full documentation of the actual state of the building,” says Lamprecht.

Apart from the library, the stadium of the university was also photographed from the air. The subsequently created orthophoto and 3D model can now be measured anywhere on the computer.

Technical Details

  • Camera: Nikon Coolpix A
  • Sensor resolution: 16.0 Megapixel (23.6 mm x 15.6 mm)
  • Flight height: Library: distance about 20 – 30 m¨Stadium: 100 m nadir and oblique from 60 m and 20 m
  • Image Overlap: about 60% in all directions (left, right, front, back)
  • Ground resolution: 0.5 cm – 2 cm

Data Processing

  • Synchronization of the GPS information with the images shot by Aerial Image Manager for a fast post-processing
  • Further processing with photogrammetry software Agisoft PhotoScan

About Aibotix

Aibotix develops and manufactures high quality and intelligent multicopters for applications in the industrial sector. The company’s name encloses AI for artificial intelligence and BOTIX for robotics. Aibotix is represented around the globe. With 200 annually produced UAVs, the company belongs to the 5 largest producers. Thanks to a global network of partners, Aibotix provides customers worldwide with the opportunity to test and purchase its products as well as with personal advice and support. More information on ¨Aibotix GmbH is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B), a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.


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