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3DR and Wingtra partner on aerial surveying solution

April 30, 2019  - By
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Wingtra and 3DR, producer of the Site Scan drone data platform, have signed a partnership agreement to benefit the mining and surveying industries.

Wingtra’s VTOL drone WingtraOne and Site Scan form a complete aerial surveying solution, including highly efficient aerial data collection, post-processing and analysis. Through the partnership, 3DR now endorses the WingtraOne as the preferred fixed-wing drone for its Site Scan platform.

Wingtra and 3DR will distribute the complementary solution across a range of industries, focusing particularly on mining and surveying teams. 3DR will sell Wingtra products through its existing distribution partnerships across North America, Europe and Australia, and Wingtra will sell Site Scan worldwide.

“We’re thrilled to officially partner with Wingtra and make a fixed-wing VTOL drone available to our customer base,” said Chris Anderson, 3DR CEO. “We’re looking forward to deepening this partnership and continue making Site Scan and Wingtra the go-to drone solutions for mining teams across the world.”

Mining and surveying professionals are turning to fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones because of their ability to take off and land vertically as a multicopter but fly as fast a fixed-wing craft.

The WingtraOne VTOL drone offers safe launch and land, as well as high resolution and broad coverage in a single flight with absolute accuracy down to 1 centimeter (0.4 inches).

Users can upload photos collected with the WingtraOne into the Site Scan cloud-based web application to process them into high-resolution maps and 3D models.

Site Scan users include mining firms such as Newmont, Newcrest and Gerdau. Site Scan offers an all-in-one software program for analyzing drone-captured data with a suite of measurement tools, securely sharing them with teammates and stakeholders, and exporting them for use in CAD, mine planning and geological software.

“Our partnership with 3DR lets our customers analyze high-precision aerial data directly in Site Scan — in a lot of cases without any additional tools,” said Basil Weibel, founder of Wingtra. “Together, WingtraOne and Site Scan make up a complete solution and we are very excited to offer this bundle to the industry.”

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About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.