The Way forward for Drone Mapping with the DJI Phantom 4 RTK

Last week, DJI introduced its latest quadcopter for trade: the Phantom four RTK. This product marks a serious funding by DJI in the way forward for aerial mapping, and we couldn’t be more excited about the impact it’s going to have on our group of drone operators.

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

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

You can now buy a drone that comes ready to produce survey-grade maps off the shelf at a 3X low cost to previous RTK systems. And it is appropriate with the batteries and different accessories you already own with your Phantom 4 or Phantom four Pro.

The Phantom 4 RTK produces high-resolution drone maps (hey, 20MP sensor!) and 3D measurements which can be accurate within a number of centimeters — all without utilizing ground management factors (GCPs). We were able to test the Phantom 4 RTK in advance of its launch, 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 exact knowledge, however your map exports from DroneDeploy will align perfectly to BIM fashions and other software. And when you compare maps over time, or side-by-side, every map will line up for more environment friendly comparisons. Why? Because every picture location taken with the Phantom four RTK is effectively an aerial GCP. That’s a huge win for professionals evaluating job site progress, crops, and even measuring aggregate stockpile volumes.

Before the Phantom 4 RTK, for those who wished to make use of an entire RTK mapping system out of the box, it required a fixed-wing aircraft. While these are great for some industrial makes use of, they’re troublesome to maneuver and fly in city and residential areas. If you want to inspect a building or take a fast survey of your site, you’d have been hard-pressed to do so safely with fixed-wing craft. With the Phantom four RTK you’ll be able to take off, hover, and land on a busy construction site with ease, or inspect a roof in a residential neighborhood while avoiding bushes and structures.