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Architectural Technologist – A Flying nano quadrotor model bug shows it’s not science fiction but reality

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Remember that video I showed some time back of a tower being built with a single robotic helicopter, neat hu,,,,,,, well get a load of this video below, it show just how far the technology is getting, cranes might be several hundred years old but who needs them now with this sort of technology. Ok so its still a little in the future, but how far, certainly we are already using drones in military campaigns, look at the USA, this technology is a boom to us now, hook up a simple camera to one of these, tell it to hover at the right place, and watch, beats going to site , when you can watch from your desk.

Weather might be a big problem, rain and strong winds come to mind, look at the figure of eight manoeuvre in the film, try that on a windy day !, but again I say, this must be in the designers mind as something to over come. I have worked with a company in the north of England, to survey trees and large estates, with a much larger quadcopter, but given a sniff of wind the machine, can not fly and it needs a civil aviation licence to operate !, so, I await this technology with glee. But passing a local toy shop, I spied a similar craft for just a few £££, running on no more than an AAA battery ! so perhaps it’s not to long. all we need is the signal from my wifi to instruct it, and a nice cheap program to control it. Perhaps the local site WiFi picking up the bug if it’s out of my range.

This brings into play BIM, what I hear you say, well think about it, we should be geotagging sites, materials or portions of sites, they should be so easy to find, if the site is properly geotagged., say I want to locate and look at a particular detail, if I know the lat long and orientation, easy.

It’s not great CPD, but interesting, as a Technologist we want information from site, still and time lapse fixed cameras are now common place, and my iPhone always get a beating when I go to site, but what if I can open my window, launch a bug, close the window and wait 10 mins for it to travel to site, and all I have to do is open a browser window to watch, the gps location being sent beforehand and a little onsite adjustment to get the shot I want.

Want more, go to their youtube site and be prepared to watch for a while. or go to the videos below, only just a few of the videos available, but your still not convinced, go to the bottom video, it says it all,,,,,,!!!!

As for the top right photo today, not anything really to do with flying bugs , just a nice time lapse render of a peach decaying.

 

 

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Architectural Technologist – Google Maps Update

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I use Google maps a lot, for navigation, to getting site information, or just keeping up to date on plots I’m interested in. But would it not be nice to have a system that will tell me when one of their maps is updates, well this site article has a usefull tip to do just this. You might be able to swing some CPD on this, but otherwise its just interestring

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Architectural Technologist – Theodolite app for the iPhone

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I am in the market for a theodolite, I have been scouring the net looking for what I want, a cheap, yet efficient usable, solid, second hand unit that will allow me to measure angles on my large estate surveys we seem to be doing more of, via my company VantagePoint Cartographics.  Trilateration surveys of trees is ok for small areas but when we have 93 acres to plot and several hundred trees, we need to step up in our survey techniques, we use GPS to a large extent, plus arial surveys, GPS is amazing to see in action, several hundred a day is easy. But being me I want to check, and the easiest way is to set up a couple of known bace points and take angles, so thats why I want a Theodolite. But on my travels through Apple land and loads of web sites I found a new App that has my interest. Its called strangley enough Theodolite, and I’m impressed with its function, it can measure angle between objects and so much more, its obvious flaw is being hand held, so I have purchased a small plastic or is it some other wonderfull plastic, case that has a screw adaptor on its base to attach to a tripod stand, so I can be a little more accurate in positioning it over my base station, again I still need a proper Theodolite to check this.

I plan to give it a field trial in the next week, or so,  as soon as the iPhone case arrives from Canada, but my early tests are giving me some hope. ok its not going to take away the need for a proper theodolite, so if you know of one going for a reasonable price !!,  but its certainly going to aid my site investigations, the simple photo button takes a picture and stores on the screen all the information it can, , very interesting. The app is programed by a company called Hunter Research and Technology, try out the link and watch the small slide show, the free version has adverts ugh, but the pro version with no adverts  is only £2.50 or so, I downloaded the pro version and so far have not regreted it, unlike some apps I can mention. They promise an iPad version soon, that will be interesting.

I’m adding a lot of this research to my surveying CPD list, ok not all of it, but the more I research, the more I learn on surveying techniques and its use in my Vectorworks drawings.

 

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Architectural Technologist – Geotag videos in Google Maps

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Have you noticed, that google maps has a video layer, seems that if you make a video and load it up to Youtube, and it’s been geotaged, then google maps will show it as a small icon. Now I take loades of photos of every job I undertake, from as many angles I can, but inevatitably, I miss one, or I just did not cover the one point I wanted, so I have used Google street view so many times to help out, but now with this new service, I can look for any ones video just by dropping down the menu and switching on the video layer.

Digital Inspiration have an excellent little wtireup and video that has it all spelled out. Again this is part of the technologists brief, to be aware of these up and coming services, they might just save your bacon one day, so this is CPD, its understanding the growing world of Geotagging, and the power it has with maps such as Google maps.

You might also consider this as a very powerful marketing tool for any new building you have constructed, take a small video with your iPhone and load it up, instant marketing.

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Architectural Technologist – WIFI Geo tagging

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You might want to have a look at this technology being promoted by Ford. Robert Scoble was one of quite a few guys inside a car that was equipped with this geo tagging, were each car sends out a low level signal via wifi, that lets other cars know were he is, the software seems to understand this and warn if a car is a danger to your vehicle.

The CPD is interesting in that I can’t see it being applied yet for construction, but I sense that this technology might just expand into out industry.

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Architectural Technologist – Finding Lat Long from Google Earth

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Yesterday I had a problem in that I wanted a map of a particular area, way into the open countryside of Northumberland, luckily the house I wanted to show had a post code, so Google Earth went straight to it, had I had the lat long of the location it would not have mattered, but how do you get the lat long of a particular place, well placing a pointer into Google earth will let you see the Lat Long at the bottom, but try and copy it, its just not available, so you end up writing it down, and typing it in, but not any more, this morning I found this site gearthhacks, it allows you to search google earth and see the Lat Long value in two nice windows as per the photo of a screen grab from my machine, Now in my Vantagepoint Cartographics company, this is a major plus, as we locate all objects via Northings and Eastings, so an easy conversion makes this a great hack, besides, if I did not have the post code, a simple search to find my house in the wilds of Northumberland, and I could have given my supplier  the lat long easily.

I have added this to my Geotagging section of my CPD list, its a good 1/2 hour of CPD looking at Lat Long and its relationship to my Vectorworks drawings via Northings and Eastings.

 

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