Geospatial Service

At CREST@UCS we offer a range of services to help you improve the way you use spatial data. Our team can carry out research to find the best tools, datasets and methods available to support your projects. Of particular interest to many companies is exploiting the benefits of a growing range of free and open source tools and datasets. These allow you to develop new products and services or add value to existing offerings with no outlay to your organisation.

Our support can cover small improvements or extend to longer research projects. As well as helping with software and data needs, we have a range of drone technology and surveying equipment (see below). These have potential applications in everything from 3D mapping to ecological surveying to site inspection. Part of our support offered is allowing you to test these technologies and determine their potential benefits for your organisation.

Our Spectra SP60 GNSS rover can provide <4cm survey accuracy in real time using Trimble’s CentrePoint RTX correction service, while our Spectra T35 robotic total station can enable surveying with millimetre accuracy.

Our range of drones and sensors can fulfil a wide range of applications:

  • The small and versatile DJI Mavic Pro can easily be transported and deployed in remote or inaccessible areas to provide high quality video or still images, suitable for creation of georectified orthophotos.
  • The DJI Inspire 2 takes this a step further with longer flight time and a range of sensors including a Zenmuse X7 camera, capable of recording film quality video or 24 MP still images – allowing for centimetre resolution aerial photography – and a Zenmuse XT radiometric thermal sensor, providing thermal imaging suitable for applications such as energy efficiency and water quality among others.
  • Finally, the DJI Matric M600 Pro offers flight times of up to 37 minutes, allowing for extensive coverage in a single flight, and can carry a payload of 6-7kg, allowing for a wider range of sensors to be deployed. This includes our Parrot Sequoia multispectral sensor capable or capturing images in near-infrared (NIR), red-edge, red and green bands, making it ideal for agricultural and biodiversity applications.

Combined with our surveying capabilities, this provides the potential to generate very high resolution georeferenced aerial photography across visible, thermal and near-infrared bands, as well as the generation of scaled 3D models of sites and objects using structure from motion (SfM) techniques.