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23 April 2013
Innovations

Experts from Switzerland read a lecture on the use of unmanned aircrafts for Earth’s remote sensing in ISTU

Experts from Switzerland, who have created a unique unmanned helicopter for the subdepartment of Surveying and Geodesy at ISTU, read a lecture on “The use of unmanned aerial vehicles for remote sensing of the earth" to university students. Dr. Christoph Eck, University of Zurich, who heads the company "Aeroskaut", and lead engineer, Benedict Imbah, arrived to ISTU to launch the unmanned helicopter with a laser scanning system, which took place last weekend at the shore of the lake Baikal.

According to the Head of the subdepartment of Surveying and Geodesy, Anatoliy Okhotin, scientific and technical company "Aeroskaut" works on the base of the University of Lucerne.

"Swiss experts have created the world's first unmanned helicopter for civilian usage, and ISTU became the first in Russia which purchased this helicopter equipped with the equipment to be used for topographical survey. It was important to organize a lecture of professionals with a high-level for senior students studying surveying and geodesy. Christophe Eck and Benedict Imbah shared new trends in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Nowadays it is the trend in the development of not only geodesy, but also of other branches of knowledge. Some students of our subdepartment are already involved in the work of this new direction that we are going to promote, create methodical complexes. To do this, the department has competent teachers and the best equipment in comparison with other universities in Russia ", said A. Okhotin.

Future survey engineer, fifth-year student, Alina Neverova, is working on thesis project "Use of light aircraft in geodesy of open rocks", so she was especially interested in the lecture of Swiss specialists.

"Christophe Eck talked about promising direction in our profession. We - students are proud that our subdepartment offered to conduct laser scanning using unmanned aerial vehicles. In this case, less time is demanded to get a high-precision result. During the lecture we saw the presentations, videos, photos. We have learnt that there is a magnetic survey. For example, with the help of our Swiss colleagues the specialists of subdepartment were able to find a place in an open pit mine, where there is an excavator covered with ground ", said A. Neverova.



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