TurboSite To Automate Aerial Reporting For Drones

Popular Field & Punch Reporting App TurboSite To Implement SDK From 3D Robotics

NOVATO, Calif., March 25 , 2015 – IMSI®/Design, a pioneer in mobile solutions for engineering and construction, today announced it is creating TurboSite Drone, the first ever automated aerial reporting app for UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).


Based on the award-winning TurboSite, IMSI is creating a reporting app that takes to the air -- literally. 


Users have the ability to set waypoints in advance of a flight.  Doing so autonomously pilots a 3DR-powered vehicle to precise GPS coordinates, allowing users to take photos, videos, dictations, and text notes at that precise spot, as well as assign "punch list" action items for future follow-up.  Using a complete complement of markup and measurement tools, photos can be marked up even while the drone is still airborne.  A custom PDF or HTML can be automatically generated and distributed to specific people on design team, or to everyone, before the UAV lands.


"There's up to 2.5 hours of aerial report creation for every 15 minutes of flight time," stated Royal Farros, CEO of IMSI/Design.  "TurboSite Drone will do away with that, making aerial report creation and distribution one-button simple."


"We created DroneKit to get innovative software companies like IMSI/Design in the air," said Brandon Basso, VP Software Engineering for 3D Robotics.  "The app work they are doing with our newly released SDK will help expand UAV usage in ground-breaking ways."


Doug Cochran, CTO of IMSI and a former practicing architect who worked on large projects such as The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas added:  "Drone usage is one of the most exciting innovations to happen to AEC in a long time.  The ability to have instant aerial data... and be able to instantly share that aerial data with team members... will change the very foundation of construction management going forward.  At its core will be DroneKit from 3D Robotics, making innovations such as TurboSite Drone possible."



TurboSite Availability and Pricing

TurboSite® Drone Pro will be available in Q3 2015.  Subscription is $49.99 per month or can be purchased for $999.


TurboSite® Drone Plus will be available in Q3 2015.  Subscription is $19.99 per month or can be purchased for $399.


TurboSite® Drone Standard will be available in Q3 2015.  This is a fully-functioning download with a two waypoint limit for evaluation purposes.


Please visit http://www.TurboApps.com for more details.



About TurboSite

 TurboSite® turns mobile devices into a first-of-their-kind field reporting tool, cutting up to 80% of the burden of traditional site inspections and completely automating the field reporting process.


No more lugging plans into a building, your 2D and 3D DWG/PDF/DXF/DWF drawings can be stored both in the cloud and on your iPad or iPhone. Navigation is blazingly fast.  GPS or SPS™ knows where you're at in your plan with or without connectivity.  At any spot create a correctly geolocated GeoMark™ and, using the built-in camera, take as many photos, videos, dictation, and text notes that you want at that exact spot.  Instantly assign punch lists items to your team.  Redline a 2D or 3D drawing with powerful markup, dimension, and inquiry tools, including AutoShapes, an easy way to draw accurate geometry with simple gestures.  Calibrate 2D PDF's for area take offs and measurements for easy estimating. You can even have a real-time video conference via FaceTime or Skype from directly in your building plan.  Wrap up by punching and sharing your report electronically with your entire design and construction team at the touch of a button... or instantly print a highly-customized PDF report and distribute hardcopy.  Either way, creating a field report has never been so easy.


Awarded AIA National Convention's "Best of Show," TurboSite® is available in a variety of product and payment options suitable to any size organization, from the very largest to single-person shops. Free plug-ins for Autodesk AutoCAD® and Revit® extend TurboSite documentation into the desktop environment.



About DroneKit

DroneKit provides interfaces for mobile applications to control 3DR-powered vehicles  such as planes, copters, multirotors, rovers built using the open-source ArduPilot flight control software. It enables developers to quickly write new applications for vehicles that push the boundaries of autonomous navigation.


3DR Services, the guide to drone apps built with DroneKit, is currently available on the Google Play store.  DroneKit is compatible with all ArduCopter and ArduPlane vehicles, which is part of the APM flight controller that powers all 3D Robotics vehicles.



About IMSI®/Design

IMSI®/Design is a pioneer in mobile solutions for the AEC (Architectural, Engineering, and Construction) industry and the global leader in retail CAD (Computer Aided Design).  With over 16 million products distributed since 1988, IMSI®/Design products include the award-winning TurboCAD®, TurboViewer®, TurboReview®, TurboSite®, and TurboFloorPlan™ families of precision design applications for mobile and desktop.  Please visit www.TurboCAD.com for more information.


About 3DR

3D Robotics develops innovative, flexible and reliable personal drones and UAV technology for everyday exploration and business applications. 3DR’s UAV platforms capture breathtaking aerial imagery for consumer enjoyment and data analysis, enabling mapping, surveying, 3D modeling and more. Our technology is currently used across multiple industries around the world, including agriculture, photography, construction, search and rescue and ecological study. 3DR is committed to bringing the power of UAV technology to the mainstream market. They are best known for their open-sourced platform and the Pixhawk: the most accessible, widely-used autopilot hardware on the market.


Founded in 2009 by Chris Anderson, founder of DIYDrones.com, and Jordi Munoz, 3D Robotics is a VC-backed startup with over 180 employees in North America and more than 28,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Berkeley, CA, 3DR operates engineering facilities in San Diego, CA; manufacturing in Tijuana, Mexico; and marketing in Austin, TX.


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