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Mapping an Underground, Waterlogged Mine with LiDAR

Underground mines can be extremely dangerous. The Nexa Vazante mine has one of the highest flows of water in Latin American mines. This makes mapping with mining drones difficult, which [...]

Emesent Named Leader in Mine Safety and Health Technology

Emesent’s drone autonomy and mapping payload, Hovermap ST, has won the 2022 NIOSH Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovation Awards for the metal industry sector. Chosen by the selection committee [...]

LiDAR 101: The Benefits of LiDAR versus Photogrammetry for Creating Digital Twins

Welcome to our 101 series, where we take a beginner’s look at LiDAR, mobile mapping, digital twins, and all things Hovermap related. This article explores the pros and cons of [...]

How an Autonomous Drone Mapped a Complete As-Built of a Bridge – Including the Underside

About 15 miles inland from Seattle, down a utility road in timber country, is a steel bridge that was seemingly impossible for autonomous drone operators to capture in a complete [...]

Emesent Top Mining Safety Solutions Provider for Revolutionizing Mine Surveillance

Emesent has been named Top Mining Safety Solutions Provider 2022 by the Metals and Mining Review for the autonomous, mobile scanning solution - Hovermap ST. Combining collision avoidance and autonomous [...]

Emesent signs new partnership agreements with two large-scale technologies companies in the US

As part of its commitment to provide the best possible customer experience in the US market, Emesent is proud to announce partnership deals with two leading-edge companies, Frontier Precision and [...]

Hovermap streamlines heritage scanning at QUT

Hovermap’s versatility allows an Australian university to capture a historic building inside and out using only one scanner Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is home to a number of cutting-edge [...]

Emesent Hovermap for Public Safety, LiDAR Mobile Mapping When Every Second Counts

While many may associate LiDAR mobile mapping technology with the specific needs of machinery and maintenance-heavy industries like mining, oil, and construction, digital data capture also offers unique value to [...]

Mission Impossible? Not with LiDAR Mapping and Autonomy!

A tailrace tunnel that hadn’t been inspected in over 70 years, a sharp bend, flowing water, restricted access, and a 300KV transmission line at the entrance - capturing a scan [...]

Emesent launches three time saving products for geospatial professionals

Hovermap ST-X, Long Range Radio and Emesent’s Aura software platform were launched at INTERGEO, providing a versatile combination to scan large areas and complex assets in less time and visualize [...]

Emesent Hovermap ST wins Good Design Award Gold

Emesent is honored to be awarded a Good Design Award Gold for the Hovermap ST in the 2022 Good Design Australia Awards. “We’re so proud that the design of Hovermap [...]

Inspections Just Got a Whole Lot Easier with Mobile Scanning Technology

For the oil and gas industry, a critical piece of the operations management is asset monitoring, maintenance planning, equipment repair or design, and installation. This can be a complicated task [...]

Streamline Construction Projects, Increase Revenue, and Control Costs with LiDAR Mobile Mapping

When it comes to managing construction projects, timing and expenses are often top of mind for companies focused on their bottom line. Multiple steps in project management become critical to [...]

LiDAR data and digital twins for better forest management

As the risks to forests increase with climate change, forest managers are turning to LiDAR data and digital twins for better ways to monitor forest structure and manage forest function. [...]

Safely exploring 148 year old tunnels with LiDAR mapping

Using LiDAR mapping, Wingfield Scale and Measure have explored and captured inside train tunnels abandoned over 60 years ago to help prepare them for a new role. In 1956 the [...]

Hovermap enables accurate and complete digitization of UNESCO listed building

First unveiled at the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, the Royal Exhibition Building is one of Melbourne’s most famous landmarks and richly deserving of its status as the first building in [...]

Trafikverket and AMKVO Bring Underground Data to the Surface

Autonomous mapping in vertical shafts makes for fast, efficient digitalization Good mapping data is essential for underground infrastructure work. Inaccurate or incomplete mapping data sources can increase the risks to [...]

Updating As-Built Asset Model of a Geothermal Steam Turbine in Under One Hour Onsite

Indonesia is one of the world’s largest producers of geothermal power and has been using it since the 1970s. Geothermal power plants access the subsurface geothermal reservoirs of hot water [...]

Building Better Point Cloud Visualization Software for More Intelligent Insights

Enabling Visualization of Dense DataVisualization Team in Engineering For the past couple of years, our Visualization Engineering Team has been building software to provide insights from data collected by Hovermap. [...]

Emesent expands its partner network in Asia

World-leading drone autonomy company, Emesent, is increasing its footprint in Asia by appointing six new resellers in the region, including master resellers in Japan and China, Mirukuru Co Ltd in [...]

Emesent opens US Office to Provide local Presence for its Autonomous Drone Technology

World-leading drone autonomy company, Emesent, is increasing availability and support to the American market with a regional office in Denver, Colorado. The office, which opened in February, will service the [...]

Emesent Hovermap ST sets survey grade standard for autonomous LiDAR mapping

Emesent today announced the launch of Hovermap ST, the latest version of their world-leading Hovermap autonomy and mapping payload. The tough, lightweight, IP65 rated Hovermap ST is being launched with [...]

Emesent doubles down on global growth after closing $32 million fundraise

Award-winning Australian autonomous mapping and data analytics startup Emesent is ready to execute its ambitious global expansion plans after closing an oversubscribed $32 million Series A round. The raise was […]

Hovermap Wins Geo Week’s LiDAR Leader Outstanding Innovation Award

Emesent is proud to have their Hovermap LiDAR mapping and autonomy payload announced as the winner of the Geo Week LiDAR Leader Award for Outstanding Innovation. “We’re honored to be [...]

DARPA Pushing Emesent Further Into Unreachable Places

Considered the Olympics of Robotics, the DARPA SubTerranean Challenge is an autonomous robotics competition developed by the US Defence Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). They identified a gap in technology, [...]

Emesent and Robotic Skies partner to provide local servicing for customers in the Americas

Emesent is pleased to announce a new service partnership with Robotic Skies that will mean users in the Americas get their Emesent products serviced and repaired locally. Robotic Skies provides [...]

Spillway Structure Captured After 60 Years

Since construction, the overflow tunnel hadn't been accessed or inspected until AMKVO arrived with Hovermap. Norway's mountains, steep valleys, and flowing rivers make it an ideal location for capturing the [...]

Advancing in Years, Autonomy, and Size: Emesent Turns 3

October marked the third year anniversary for Emesent, a time that has seen it grow into a global commercial enterprise. Now employing over 120 staff, Emesent has a large engineering [...]

Emesent to Advance Autonomous Research with Australian Research Council Hub

Emesent is part of a new research Hub bringing together academic researchers and industry partners to transform the way Australia manages infrastructure assets, like bridges, towers, and subsea pipelines. Known [...]

From Point Clouds to CAD Drawings

Using Hovermap Data in PointCab Origins Emesent is collaborating with PointCab to enable users to import a processed Hovermap scan into PointCab Origins for improved outputs. PointCab Origins is a [...]

Emesent Wins HSBC Award for Excellence in International Business in the 2021 Brisbane Lord Mayor Business Awards

Emesent Wins HSBC Award for Excellence in International Business in the 2021 Brisbane Lord Mayor Business Awards Emesent is honored to be awarded the HSBC Award for Excellence in International [...]

Emesent and Dwyka partnering to deliver first Hovermap User Conference in South Africa

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Hovermap User Conference to be hosted in South Africa by Emesent partner Dwyka Mining Services. Whilst registration to this event is reserved exclusively [...]

New Integration for Hovermap Data in PointCab Origins Streamlines Point Cloud to Output

A new Emesent - PointCab Origins integration will save users time and improve their outputs Hovermap, Emesent’s flagship product,  is an autonomy and mapping payload capable of capturing high resolution [...]

Driving Innovation through Collaboration

Emesent and Northern Star Resources, working to streamline data processing The mine of the future will be underpinned by a digital framework. To keep up with market volatility, longer asset [...]

Emesent partners with Mining Innovation Network to deliver US breakfast Series

Following the success of the Robotics & Automation in Mining series in Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney, Emesent is partnering again with the Mining Innovation Network to deliver a breakfast [...]

Emesent – CSIRO Data61 – Georgia Tech team Runner-up in DARPA’s SubT Challenge

For four days, elite robotics teams from around the world gathered in Kentucky, USA to compete in the prestigious DARPA Subterranean Challenge, which has been dubbed the ‘Olympics for Robotics’. [...]

Emesent competes in “Robotics Olympics” Finals

While most of the world is recuperating from the excitement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics; others have been gearing up for the 'Robotic Olympics'. The World’s Most Challenging Robot [...]

Emesent and Coptrz partner to provide local training in the UK

Emesent is excited to announce a new partnership with Coptrz, commercial drone experts based in Leeds, United Kingdom. Coptrz works with organizations to provide a comprehensive drone solution with various [...]

Hovermap-Zoe to be unveiled at the Commercial UAV Expo

The Commercial UAV Expo is the place to learn about the most exciting new technologies in UAVs. Returning this year, it hosts an exciting and powerful new solution with the [...]

Hovermap compatibility expanded to European-made Zoe drone

We’re proud to announce that Hovermap, our autonomy, and mapping payload, is now plug-and-play compatible with the Zoe aircraft from Acecore Technologies, made in the Netherlands. This seamless integration brings [...]

Accurate stope volume results with Hovermap

Hovermap was recently introduced into Barrick's Bulyanhulu narrow-vein gold mine for stope mapping by Emesent partner, Dwyka Mining Services, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. The mine was seeking a solution [...]

In House Image achieve considerable savings with Hovermap’s versatility

Joseph Bellantoni has been working in construction documentation for over twenty years. In 2003 he founded In House Image (IHI) in New York to help customers manage record-keeping for preparations, [...]

Walden Environmental Engineering and Harkin Aerial Fly Through Part 360 Compliance

As we all try to reduce our lasting impact on the planet, it is becoming more common for municipal Sanitation Departments and private solid waste facilities in New York state [...]

Into the dark unknown: How Hovermap is helping drive NASA’s future planetary ambitions

NASA recently took one more giant leap for mankind after its Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, made the first-ever test flight on another world. It was a major effort for the helicopter, [...]

Capturing Accurate Data from Airports, Subways & Warehouses

How Qntfi are leveraging Hovermap’s versatility to save their customers time and money Qntfi Inc is a New York state based organization that is dedicated to helping companies extract meaningful [...]

Emesent and Datamine partnership

Emesent and Datamine partner to enable geotechnical structure mapping in stopes and other inaccessible areas. Emesent and Datamine have partnered to further assist mining companies to gain new insights from [...]

Emesent Hovermap™ Demo Day

Emesent Hovermap™DEMO DAY Join us for our upcoming Hovermap Demo Day where you can put Hovermap to the test. Take the controls and task Hovermap through an array of obstacles [...]

XM2 Pursuit Quickly Capture Hovermap LiDAR data for Blockbuster Special Effects

From Pacific Rim to Star Wars: XM2 Pursuit Quickly Capture Hovermap LiDAR data for Blockbuster Special Effects   Emesent Hovermap scan of downtown Brisbane. Creating the visual effects (VFX) for [...]

Processing Your Hovermap Data in Deswik

In July 2020, we partnered with Deswik to help mining companies incorporate the high-quality data captured with Hovermap into their mine plans and surveys.  Some are already seeing the benefits […]

Emesent / Aerodyne Partnership Expanding Around the World

Our worldwide distributor network continues to grow from strength to strength. Our distributors’ hard work and dedication have been instrumental in making Emesent’s first two years such a success. One […]

Emesent and AusIMM Partner for the Advancement of the Resources Industry

Emesent are excited to announce a new partnership with the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM). AusIMM is the peak body, leading the way for people in resources, providing [...]

A year in review

As this year draws to a close we’re taking a look back at what we’ve achieved and what we hope to accomplish in 2021. So we can all get the [...]

Emesent takes part in Navy’s Autonomous Warrior 2020

Search & Rescue Mission Accomplished Emesent takes part in Navy’s Autonomous Warrior 2020 Issued with a mission to map a hazardous area and identify survivors as part of Autonomous Warrior [...]

Hovermap wins Innovative Mining Solution Award

We’re proud to have been announced the winner of the Innovative Mining Solution award in the 2020 Prospect Awards. The awards are held by Australian Mining and recognize Australia’s outstanding [...]

How Digital Terrain is Putting Emesent’s Hovermap to Work

Mining information systems specialist Andrew Rouse is the founder and CEO of Digital Terrain, an IT mining services provider that improves the productivity and efficiency of underground mines through digitisation [...]

Interpine are speeding up forest imagery plotting with Hovermap

Hovermap datasets combine with Interpine’s customized deep learning algorithms for fast and accurate quantitative tree assessment. Interpine Innovation is a New Zealand based forest consulting and data management company. It […]

Emesent two years on: From start-up to global business

Beginning life as a CSIRO project, Emesent has now grown into a fully-fledged commercial enterprise that turned two this week! Dr Stefan Hrabar and Dr Farid Kendoul, former researchers within […]

How Emesent is pioneering autonomous drone flight operated from half a world away

Australian data analytics and drone autonomy start-up Emesent is writing its way into the record books with a series of remotely operated autonomous drone flights which promise to drive revolutionary [...]

Emesent cements position in the mine planning eco-system with Maptek partnership

A new alliance with Maptek, a global developer of mining hardware and software, will boost Emesent’s ability to deliver unprecedented insights to the resources sector. A data analytics and drone […]

Recognized for innovation – Hovermap, second in the 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards

Emesent’s Hovermap has been awarded second prize in the XCELLENCE in Innovation category of the AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards.  Held by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the awards […]

How Emesent is using cutting-edge Wildcat SLAM technology to lead the way in autonomous mapping

Emesent’s award winning Hovermap is a drone autonomy and LiDAR mapping payload that uses LiDAR data and advanced algorithms to generate accurate 3D point clouds of the scanned environment, as [...]

Emesent in the final phase of the DARPA SubT Challenge 2020

Emesent’s team in the final phase of prestigious international technology competition Emesent’s year of high-tech coups continues, with the news earlier this month that its team has made the cut [...]

Emesent announces In-Q-Tel as a strategic investor to support expansion into new industries

New investment will build on Emesent’s success with major mining customers such as BHP and Glencore, expanding the use case for autonomous drone technology in defence Brisbane, Australia, 22 September […]

Emesent announced as finalist for Queensland Mining Awards 2020

Emesent has been announced as a finalist for the Greyhound Innovation (METS) Award in 2020’s Queensland Mining Awards. Emesent’s Hovermap technology impressed a panel of senior executives from several major […]

Emesent’s Hovermap pilots the world’s first underground drone flight with the DJI M300 RTK

Emesent has allowed DJI’s M300 drone to fly autonomously underground in what’s believed to be a world first for the platform. The flights took place on 4 August at the [...]

Distributor profile: Unmanned Aerial Services

Unmanned Aerial Services (UAS) specializes in providing drone-based visual inspections and laser scanning of inaccessible environments—confined spaces, such as storage tanks, other hard to access areas, or in underground mines. […]

Emesent partners with Deswik to streamline mine data capture and analysis

Global technology company Emesent has partnered with leading software developer Deswik to enable mining companies to incorporate high quality data captured in inaccessible locations into their mine plans and surveys. [...]

Emesent launches autonomy for Beyond-Line-of-Sight underground drone flight

Brisbane, Australia, 13 July 2020 — Emesent today announced a major breakthrough in the journey to fully autonomous flight systems, with the launch of Autonomy Level 2 (AL2) technology for [...]

Hovermap supercharges the DJI Matrice 300 RTK drone

Hovermap is being used to supercharge the Matrice 300 RTK (M300) next generation industrial drone from market leading manufacturer DJI. Emesent was one of just a handful of organisations worldwide […]

Emesent announced as Finalist for AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards

ARLINGTON, Va. — Emesent has been named as a finalist in the XCELLENCE in Innovation category of the XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI). Emesent’s [...]

Emesent Launches Colourisation in Hovermap

Emesent releases Colourisation for Hovermap, bringing a new level of reality capture to 3D Point Clouds BRISBANE, Australia (June 3rd, 2020) Global technology company Emesent today announced the release of [...]

Hovermap selected by Velodyne to showcase lidar mapping capabilities

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. deploys Emesent’s Hovermap to demonstrate the mapping quality potential of their Puck LITE™ lidar product. Hovermap’s unique use of the Puck LITE lidar sensor produces high quality, [...]

Emesent – COVID-19 Support Update

What we are doing combat COVID-19 It’s hard to navigate the unknown, but as we continue to better understand how to slow the spread of COVID-19 we want to do [...]

USS Midway Museum uses Hovermap to virtually re-assemble and confirm their new aircraft fits in its intended exhibit.

Relocating an Aircraft Before Lifting a Finger At the beginning of 2020, Emesent Technical Evangelist, Dr Jeremy Sofonia, was invited by the US Navy to demonstrate Hovermap’s variety of use […]

Perth’s Resources Technology Showcase 2019: Ingenuity key to next step

Perth’s Resources Technology Showcase 2019: Ingenuity key to next step Read the original article written by Ben Harvey from “The West Australian”  here. Emesent is proud to have a mention […]

Emesent’s 1st Year Anniversary Celebration

Emesent's 1st Year Anniversary Celebration On Wednesday the 13th of November, the entire Emesent Team welcomed esteemed partners, customers, distributors, suppliers and industry leaders to jointly celebrate and officially mark [...]

BHP Olympic Dam implement Hovermap as part of their daily operations

Mining Monthly’s headlining article “Olympic Dam underground drone trial pays dividends” showcases the successful implementation of Hovermap in their day-to-day underground surveying. BHP Olympic Dam is one of the world’s most significant deposits of […]

Hovermap uncovers buried secrets of WWII

Let's Explore It was an opportunity that couldn't be refused when Emesent’s, Jeremy Sofonia, was invited to participate in the National Geographic series, “Buried Secrets of WWII”. Called upon for his experience in drone and LiDAR mapping, Hovermap [...]

Q4 2019 New Features Overview

Emesent is excited to release a range of new features that save time and enable greater insights. Hovermap - now an even more versatile and powerful mapping solution. 01.GEO-REFERENCING USING [...]

Manufacturing Modernisation Fund announced at Emesent

Karen Andrews, the Minister for Industry, formally announces the launch of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund at Emesent On Thursday the 6th of September 2019, Emesent welcomed Karen Andrews, the Minister [...]

Halo Robotics uses Hovermap to map Garuda Wisnu Kencana, the World’s 3rd largest statue

Hovermap scans the Garuda Wisnu Kencana, creating beautiful high resolution models Emesent’s Indonesian distributor, Halo Robotics, has completed a proof of concept with Hovermap, mapping the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue […]

Emesent Partners with Halo Robotics

August 20, 2019 – Brisbane, Australia Emesent Partners with Indonesia’s Halo Robotics to Bring Autonomous Drone Technology to Southeast Asia’s Largest Market Emesent are pleased to announce their expansion into [...]

DARPA challenge accepted

The Emesent Team is off to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to compete in the DARPA SubT Challenge A team of Emesent researchers and engineers are heading over to Pittsburgh to participate in [...]

Meet the Aussie robot squad heading underground in DARPA challenge

Titan, Bruce, Ghost, Hovermap and SuperDroid have individual strengths, but will need to work as a team to succeed Read the original article written by George Nott from ComputerWorld here. […]

Hovermap tours the mines of Western Australia

Hovermap tours the mines of Western Australia Emesent recently conducted a series of roadshows to demonstrate Hovermap’s capabilities at a number of interested mine sites. First up was Western Australia’s [...]

Emesent’s Hovermap Wins Australia’s Coveted Good Design Award for Design Excellence

2019 Good Design AwardsEMESENT HOVERMAP WINS AUSTRALIA’S COVETED GOOD DESIGN AWARD FOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE. The winners of Australia's peak industry design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation [...]

LORD Corporation and Emesent Partnership

“We have stringent requirements for a light-weight, robust and reliable sensor, and LORD Corporation inertial sensors have a proven track record in the autonomy space,” said Dr. Stefan Hrabar, CEO […]

DARPA SubTChallenge STIX Event April 2019

In early April, Emensent (a member of the CSIRO’s Data61 team) plus other eight qualified teams attempted to remotely navigate the dark and dirty corridors of Edgar Experimental Mine in […]

Emesent is a finalist for the Austmine METS Innovation Award

The biennial Austmine Awards are the industry’s most prestigious awards for miners and METS, recognising excellence in innovation and export. Emesent is proud to have been selected as one of […]

In the news: how Hovermap is using autonomous technology to explore mines

Here is a recent story by Mine Australia featuring Hovermap on the use of autonomous drones for mine exploration.

Guardian angels: How drones make mining safer

Guardian angels: How drones make mining safer Emesent’s CEO Dr Stefan Hrabar was interviewed by Australian Mining Safe to Work about how drones increase safety in mining operations. “[…] for underground […]

A safer, more productive future for underground mines

A safer, more productive future for underground mines Earlier this month, Dr Stefan Hrabar,  CEO and Co-Founder of Emesent told Ausimm Bulletin about how Autonomous drone technology is becoming more […]

Hovermap is now available – media release

MEDIA RELEASE Emesent launches Hovermap, the world’s first autonomous LiDAR mapping payload for industrial drones Leading SLAM-based solution delivers a step-change in time, cost and actionable data for industrial drone […]

Emesent has launched

Emesent spun out from CSIRO after raising $3.5 million in venture capital to commercialise its first product, Hovermap. Main Sequence Ventures, which manages the CSIRO Innovation Fund, led the funding […]

Hovermap – our award winning product

What is Hovermap? Hovermap is a 3D LiDAR-mapping and autonomy payload for industrial drones. With a unique two-in-one plug-and-play payload, it provides advanced mapping and autonomy for industrial drones. With […]

DARPA SubT Challenge – Revolutionising the underground domain

Emesent has partnered with the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group at CSIRO’s Data61 and Georgia Tech to compete in the DARPA Subterranean or “SubT” Challenge. The challenge is a US$2 […]

A mapping drone that can fly in and out of stopes

A mapping drone that can fly in and out of stopes An article by Paul Moore on 22nd November 2017 in the International Mining reports on how Hovermap is being […]

WSJ: Self-Directed Drones Delve Deep Into Mines

Self-Directed Drones Delve Deep Into Mines A piece published by the Wall Street Jornal on 11 May 2017 showed how deep under the Australian Outback, mining companies are testing a […]