Skycatch, DJI build custom drones for Komatsu

By |  March 29, 2018


The Skycatch Explore1 is the first custom-built drone DJI has manufactured for a partner. Photo courtesy of DJI.

Skycatch, a commercial drone data company, and DJI extended their partnership to manufacture and deliver 1,000 high-precision drones for Komatsu Smart Construction.

The Skycatch Explore1 is the first drone DJI custom-built for a partner. Each custom-built drone is manufactured by DJI and outfitted with Skycatch technology, the company adds.

The Explore1 autonomously flies over job sites to create highly accurate 3-D site maps and models to be deployed on Komatsu job sites, the company says. The data will be used for Komatsu Smart Construction’s new data service that enables robotic earth moving equipment to correctly dig, bulldoze and grade land autonomously according to digital construction plans.

The Explore1 drone is built on DJI’s customizable Matrice 100 enterprise drone platform, and is part of Skycatch’s high precision package along with the Edge1 RTK base station, a computer with software that locally processes drone images into 3-D models, regardless of wireless connectivity and location.

“Conducting a site survey using a drone used to take hours,” says Chikashi Sike, executive office of smart construction division at Komatsu. “However, by implementing Explore1, users can carry out surveying quickly and easily. Now it is possible to perform drone surveying every day.”

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