Drone-mapping for smart cities - Jeff Lawrence - GEO Jobe UAV

Hi everyone,

Today we are featuring a story brings us to Lewisburg, in Middle Tennessee,  where drone-mapping is helping the city to become a smart-city:

Link to youtube video: https://youtu.be/BOaVs_vUelw

This is the story of this project:


“The water utility is a GEO Jobe GIS Consulting client, with GEO Jobe responsible for a number of services, including mapping their utility assets and network. The advantages of having a skilled GIS consultant to manage the utility’s facilities and network has spread to other city service providers and users.

GEO Jobe has secured a contract to provide base mapping services and feature extraction for the city. We use photogrammetry to create orthomosaics to assist clients in capturing and updating their GIS features for Emergency 911 address databases, facility management, asset location, and building information models.  As a side product we a created this 3D model for City marketing uses. ­

GEO Jobe UAV provides high-resolution digital mapping products to public sector clients in local and county governments, as well as private sector clients in the engineering, construction, utilities, and Land Surveying industries. We use drones to deliver standard ortho-aerial updates on sites ranging from 3 acres to almost 600 acres. We also deliver topographic data and models with 1’ contour lines for survey, drainage analysis, and grading compliance. ­

We chose Pix4D for its flexibility and the options to edit the models and the project.” Jeff Lawrence, UAV Business Development at GEO Jobe UAV

­Technical details:

  • Device used DJI Phantom 4 Pro ­
  • Image capture path (circular/grid/free ­ terrestrial/aerial) Combined grid and free flight aerial ­
  • Pix4D software used: Pix4Dmapper ­
  • Platform used (desktop or cloud) ­
  • Editing (did you add MTPs, edit the point ­cloud or added surfaces to the mesh?) We added 5 centimeter-level ground control points.

Enjoy the project, and feel free to share your comments and your own projects.

Pix4D team

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