New UAV regulations in place and active

The new UAV regulations are now active in Germany! For commerical and research flights things are more simple now for copters below 2kg. There is now a general allowance in place for the full federal region of Germany for UAVs below 2 kg (with the restricted regions as listed in the regulations). For copters with more weight a specific training certificate is needed and up from 5kg you need an allowance of the regional  aeronautical authority.

https://www.kopter-profi.de/index.php/faq/aktuelle-drohnen-gesetze-deutschland-drohnen-verordnung

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Speeding up Agisoft Photoscan

For some of the copter data processing folks Agisoft Photoscan turns out to be the most important tool to calculate point clouds, orthoimages and nadir data mosaics. Problem: very long processing times with dense point cloud calculations with high or ultra-high settings (full resolution image matching with SfM (Structure from Motion) algorithms).

Some nice net finds show how multicore processing has its limits and why you should invest into GPU performance … and in high end 3D graphic hardware.

Combining more than 20 CPU cores doesnt seem to speed up the process and combining more than 4 GPU systems also doesnt seem to help. There is only a minimal speed increase when you add more CPUs and/or more GPUs when a 24 core system is already installed.

http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/115283/en-us
http://www.agisoft.com/downloads/system-requirements/
https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Agisoft-PhotoScan-GPU-Acceleration-710/

It boils down to a dedicated system with 2-4 Graphic cards with 3D acceleration (GTX-1080ti cards from Nvidea), with approx 64-128 GB RAM and a dual i7 system setup.

mtk – Sören