Digital twin
The creation of digital twins through the use of DJI Enterprise drones is rapidly becoming a cornerstone in various industries, offering a new level of precision and efficiency for professionals in architecture, construction, and beyond. This article delves into the process, benefits, and technologies behind this transformative approach.

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A 3D digital twim with multiple POIs (Image Credit: DJI)

What are Digital Twins?

Digital twins are precise digital representations of physical assets, constructed from data gathered from multiple sources, including drones. This method allows for comprehensive documentation of structures, improving the speed, safety, and quality of data collection.

Challenges in Data Capture

Creating high-resolution 3D models is complex, especially in dense urban environments. It involves managing image overlap, camera angles, exposure settings, and more, all while ensuring drone operations are safe and comply with regulations.

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Flight planning and automation for effective mapping (Image Credit: DJI)

Importance of Flight Automation

Flight automation is critical for capturing high-quality images. Factors such as sensor size, shutter mechanics, and resolution play key roles in obtaining detailed images under various lighting conditions. For urban areas, where shadows are prevalent, these factors are particularly crucial.

Ensuring Image Accuracy

 

In scenarios where tall buildings may block GPS signals, DJI’s Enterprise drones equipped with RTK technology excel by reducing positioning errors, ensuring accurate data collection even in challenging environments.

 

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Mission preview showcasing the combined mission plans with the facade and map mission types (Image Credit: DJI)

The DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise

 

The DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise is highlighted for its 4/3” sensor that captures 20MP images, fast mechanical shutter, and compact, durable design. It stands out as the preferred choice for digital twin projects.

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DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise (Image Credit: DJI)

Data Processing with DJI Terra

After data collection, DJI Terra offers a solution for converting the data into high-quality 3D models. Using Ground Control Points (GCPs) can further enhance the accuracy of these models, essential for planning maintenance or repairs accurately.

Digital twins – the way forward!

The use of DJI Enterprise drones in creating digital twins is revolutionizing workflows, improving efficiency, and expanding possibilities for managing physical assets across industries. For professionals in construction, real estate, or urban planning, leveraging this technology represents a significant step forward in operational capability.

Adopting drone technology for digital twin creation not only marks an advancement in industry practices but also paves the way for a future where the management and interaction with physical assets are more precise and efficient.

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