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M1 upgrade project uses remote aerial camera

A Costain/Carillion joint venture has used pioneering aerial photography to speed up planning and progress reports on its Highways Agency improvement project on the M1, junctions 10 to 13.

Named swingletCAM, the remotely operated device is a ready-to-deploy micro aircraft with an 800mm wingspan and a built-in high resolution camera.

The camera allows the user to highlight potential problems much faster and in far greater detail than traditionally manned aerial photography. The flight plan can be pre-programmed in the project office and then launched from a pre-determined position.

Users can even alter the trajectory of the device during the flight with a simple drag and drop on the computer. Additionally, it can be used for 3D photogrammetry surveys and can be overlaid onto maps such as Google Earth.


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  • The technique of using a remotely operated camera on a radio controlled model aircraft was used for aerial progress photographs on the A830 Polnish to Loch nan Uamh road scheme in 1997 where the mountainous terrain made conventional aerial photography impractical. I recall that the technique had been used successfully on earlier projects using an Aviemore-based photography contractor.

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