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Using drone photos to calculate maps and 3D models

Datumate helps engineers digitalize and automate surveying work. The Israeli company offers intuitive and automated solutions that use drone images to provide quickly and accurately prepared data on planning and construction progress or on the inspection of infrastructure projects such as railway lines.

The drones independently fly over a predefined area and return with a large number of photos. From the images, similarly automated 2D maps are drawn and 3D models calculated. Storing the data in a cloud makes the results easily accessible to everyone concerned in the organization at all times. Potential problems in the construction process can thus be detected at an early stage.

The method is more affordable than conventional surveying work, where multiple employees often spend days out in the field collecting data.

Datumate took part in Deutsche Bahn's DB mindbox StartupXpress program in 2017 and tested its technology in various pilot projects.

Datumate and Deutsche Bahn were working together in 2018 on the western Höllentalbahn expansion from Freiburg to Titisee-Neustadt in the Breisgau S-Bahn network. The startup's solutions are helping to document the construction progress on the basis of models calculated from aerial photographs. The drone operator Fairfleet360 is partnering with Datumate. The data collected by drones is used to check the billing of excavation work and provide additional information about the construction project, which is shared with the general public.