GSI-LB, or UAV Surveyor, launches to promote i-Construction, increasing in construction productivity
On March 16, Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) will commence a surveying environment development project using UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones) as part of “i-Construction” project organized by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). Specific actions include the installation of “Board on i-Construction Promotion” at GSI. We will provide the required advice for surveying related to i-Construction, and launch a UAV aviators and engineers group called GSI-LB, in which LB stands for ‘land bird,’ that personally conducts onsite surveys at the time of disasters.
With this, we would like to increase construction productivity and promote better disaster response using UAVs.
1. Launching Board on i-Construction Promotion
In order to advance “i-Construction in surveying” in a strong and steady manner, Board on i-Construction Promotion will be installed on March 16 and a 1st conference will be held. With the goal of promoting wide UAV usage in construction/surveying sites, a standard operator manual and safety standards for use in public surveys, will be created and released by the board in March. Likewise, in order for survey workers to implement UAV surveys in a safe and smooth manner, GSI Headquarters and Regional Survey Departments are working together in collaboration with related organizations like the Regional Development Bureaus of MLIT, local public organizations and surveying business groups for its widespread promotion.
2. Launching GSI-LB
“GSI-LB” is being launched in order to promote surveys using UAVs. With this launch, we will nurture engineers familiar with UAVs, to provide necessary instructions and advice for surveying related to i-Construction, and apart from this, GSI will enable them to personally handle the required onsite photography and survey work at the time of disasters.