Launch of eBee X fixed-wing drone

Launched with the promise that “it’s not about the drone,” but instead about overcoming business challenges, the eBee X, part of the Parrot Business Solutions portfolio, is designed to boost the quality, efficiency and safety of an operator’s geospatial data collection. It offers a camera to suit every job, the accuracy and coverage capabilities to meet the requirements of even the most demanding projects, and is durable enough to work virtually every site.

“The eBee X is a giant leap forward for mapping technology and underscores senseFly’s position as the leader in the fixed-wing drone market,” said Gilles Labossière, the Executive Vice President and COO of Parrot Group, and senseFly CEO. “No matter what type of project a professional is undertaking, the eBee X has the coverage, data and accuracy capabilities needed to get the job done.”

One tool, multiple cameras, for every job

The eBee X includes a range of revolutionary new camera options to suit every mapping job—from land surveying and topographic mapping to urban planning, crop mapping, thermal mapping, environmental monitoring and many more. These cameras include:

  • The senseFly S.O.D.A. 3D: a unique drone photogrammetry camera with a one-inch sensor, which changes orientation during flight to capture three images (two oblique, one nadir) every time, instead of just one, for a much wider field of view. The result is stunning digital 3D reconstructions in vertically-focused environments—such as urban areas, open pit mines and coastlines—over larger areas than quadcopter drones can achieve. senseFly S.O.D.A. 3D is optimised for quick, robust image processing with Pix4Dmapper


  • The senseFly Aeria X: a compact drone photogrammetry camera with APS-C sensor. This rugged innovation offers an ideal blend of size, weight and DSLR-like image quality. Thanks in part to its built-in Smart Exposure technology, it provides outstanding image detail and clarity, in virtually all light conditions, allowing operators to map for more hours per day than ever before.


  • The senseFly Duet T: a dual-camera thermal mapping rig, which lets mapping professionals create geo-accurate thermal maps and digital surface models quickly and easily. The Duet T includes both a high-resolution (640 x 512 px) thermal infrared camera and a senseFly S.O.D.A. RGB camera with one-inch sensor. Both image sources can be accessed as required, while the rig’s built-in Camera Position Synchronisation feature works in sync with Pix4Dmapper photogrammetry software (optional) to simplify the map reconstruction process.

The eBee X is also compatible with the Parrot Sequoia+ multispectral camera for agriculture, the senseFly S.O.D.A. drone photogrammetry camera and senseFly Corridor for simple linear mapping.

Meet every project’s requirements

The eBee X can meet the exacting requirements of every project. Its unique Endurance Extension option unlocks a flight time of up to 90 minutes (versus a maximum endurance of 59 minutes by default). With this capability activated, the drone is able to achieve vast single-flight coverage of up to 500 ha (1,235 ac) at 122 m (400 ft), while the eBee X’s built-in High-Precision on Demand (RTK/PPK) function helps operators to achieve absolute accuracy of down to 3 cm (1.2 in)—without ground control points.

Work every site, no matter how challenging

The eBee X allows users to work virtually every site, no matter how demanding, thanks to the drone’s built-in Steep Landing technology, ultra-robust design, live air traffic data and more, all backed by senseFly’s professional, localised support.

The eBee X is ideally suited to the varied and evolving needs of mapping professionals. These include: surveying and construction companies, quarry and mine operators, agronomists and forestry engineers, professional drone service providers, aerial imagery companies, environmental researchers and more.

The eBee X is supplied with senseFly’s eMotion flight planning and data management software. Pix4D available for purchase immediately from Aruna Technology.

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ArcGIS Server Basic Configurations

In case you’ve found ArcGIS Server configuration options confusing, here is a diagram of some basic configurations for an entry level ArcGIS Server setup. Any questions or comments ? Please Contact Us for more info.

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Pan-sharpen Landsat 8 with ArcGIS 10

These instructions show you how to simply pan-sharpen Landsat 8 imagery using ArcGIS 10. The imagery is available for free from the USGS.

នេះជាសេចក្ដីណែនាំ បង្ហាញអ្នកអំពីរបៀប នៃការធ្វើ pan-sharpen លើ Landsat 8 ដោយប្រើប្រាស់ កម្មវិធី ArcGIS 10 ។ រូបភាពទាំងនេះមាននៅក្នុង USGS ដោយមិនគិតថ្លៃ។

1. After you have downloaded the imagery, add bands 4,3 and 2 to ArcMap. These bands represent visible Red, Green and Blue and cover a similar wavelength range as the panchromatic band.

បន្ទាប់ពីអ្នកបានទាញយក imagery បានបន្ថែម 4,3 Band និងទី 2 ដើម្បី ArcMap ។ នៅក្នុង bands ទាំងនេះតំណាងអោយ band​ ដែលអាចមើលឃើញ Red, Green និង Blue ហើយមានដែលមាន ប្រវែងរលកប្រហាកប្រហែលគ្នា ក្នុងការធ្វើ panchromatic នេះ។


2. If not already visible, show the image analysis window (Windows -> Image Analysis). Now select the three images and click the “Composite Bands” button.

ប្រសិនបើមើលមិនឃើញមានដូចការបង្ហាញ image នៅក្នុង analysis window នោះត្រូវចូលទៅក្នុង (Windows -> Image Analysis)។ ­­­ឥឡូវត្រូវ select លើ images ទាំងបី ហើយចុចពាក្យ “Composite Bands” button។


3. This produces a new temporary image with three bands.

នេះជាផលិតផលជាបណ្ណោះអាសន្ន បន្ទាប់ពី bands ទាំងបីរួមបញ្ចូលគ្នា។


4. Now, add Band 8 to ArcMap. In the Image Analysis window, select Band8 and the composite images and click the “Pan-sharpening” button.

ឥឡូវនេះ add Band 8 ទៅក្នុងកម្មវិធី ArcMap។ នៅក្នុង Image Analysis window ជ្រើសរើសយក Band​ 8​ ហើយនិង composite images បន្ទាប់មកចុចលើ “Pan-sharpening” button​ ។




5. The resulting image should be a color, pan sharpened image. To adjust the contrast, choose the options as shown below.

លិទ្ធផល image គឺពណ៌ធម្មជាតិ pan sharpened image ធ្វើអោយតម្រូវកម្រិតពណ៌ ដែលមានក្នុងការជ្រើសរើស ដូចមានបង្ហាញខាងក្រោមនេះ។


6. Before and after images are shown below at scale 1:25,000

ពីមុន និងបន្ទាប់មក images បានបង្ហាញដូចខាងក្រោមក្នុងមាត្រដ្ឋាន 1:25,000

Before Pan-sharpening

Before Pan-sharpening

រូបភាពមុនពេលធ្វើ Pan-sharpening

After Pan-sharpening

After Pan-sharpening

រូបភាពបន្ទាប់ពីធ្វើ Pan-sharpening រួច


7. To save your pan-shapening image permanently to a new file, click the “Export” button in the Image Analysis window and then “Save” button.

ត្រូវ Save រូបភាពរបស់អ្នក បន្ទាប់ពីធ្វើ pan-shapening រួចអោយទៅជា file មួយថ្មីដែលអាចប្រើប្រាស់ជារហូត ដោយចុចលើពាក្យ Export ដែលមាននៅក្នុង Analysis window។ បន្ទាប់មកចុចពាក្យ “Save” button។

8. Advanced Tip: To change the pan sharpening method, click the Options button in the image analysis window. The default is ESRI, but the Brovey transform also yeilds good results.

ព័ត៌មានបន្ថែម: ក្នុងការផ្លាស់ប្តូរ ជំរើសក្នុងការជ្រើសរើសដើម្បី pan sharpening ត្រូវចុច Options ដែលមាននៅក្នុង analysis window។ ដូចដែលមានលំនាំដើម ESRI ប៉ុន្តែការផ្លាស់ប្តូរមកយក Brovey ក្នុងការប្រើប្រាស់វាជាលិទ្ធផលមួយដែលល្អ។




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Equipment Donation to RUA

The Royal University of Agriculture’s department of Land Management and Land Administration, were the recipients of 3 complete sets of GNSS survey equipment, donated by Trimble and Aruna Technology. The equipment will allow the extension of teaching to include current GNSS survey techniques, in addition to the optical survey techniques currently taught at the department. Present at the hand over ceremony, pictured below are Paul Gager, Technical Director at Aruna Technology, Vung Setha , Dean of the department of Land Management and Land Administration and a class of enthusiastic students studying at the undergraduate level.

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Kamchay Hydropower Project – May 2012

This image shows the extent of the reservoir of the recently completed Kamchay hydropower project. The image is from the dry season 2012 (May) so the reservoir is not yet at full capacity. Expected maximum water level is 175m, somewhere between the 160 and 180m contours shown in this map.Note that there are some inaccuracies in the contour data due to the limitations of the data (from 1:100,000 scale topographic maps).

Kamchay Hydropower Project

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Bokor Mountain Development

Interesting satellite image showing the extent of the Bokor Mountain development in Cambodia, which is still under construction.

Bokor Mountain Development (click to enlarge)

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Topology 101 for ArcGIS 10

There still exists some confusion about how we can work with topology in ArcGIS since workstation ArcINFO was discontinued some years back. So as a quick refresher, here is how we can work with topology in ArcGIS.

នៅតែមានការយល់ច្រឡំអំពីរៀបធ្វើការជាមួយ topology នៅក្នុងកម្មវិធី ArcGIS តាំងតែកម្មវិធី ArcInfo ផ្អាក់ការផលិតជាច្រើនឆ្នាំមក ហើយ។ ដូចជាមានការបង្កើតឡើង នូវកម្មវិធី topology នេះជារបៀបដែលយើងអាចធ្វើការជាមួយនិង topology កម្មវិធី ArcGIS ។


What is Topology ?

តើ Topology គឺជាអ្វី?

In geodatabases, topology is the arrangement that defines how point, line, and polygon features share coincident geometry. For example, street centerlines and census blocks share common geometry, and adjacent soil polygons share their common boundaries.

នៅក្នុង geodatabases, កម្មវិធី topology គឺជាអ្នករៀបចំនឹងកំណត់អោយបានច្បាស់លាស់នូវ point, line និង polygon ដែលកើតមានឡើងតំណាល់គ្នាតែម្តង។ ឧទាហរណ៌ ដូចជាចំណុចកណ្តាលនៃទ្រូងផ្លូវ និងទិន្ន័យអំពីប្រជាជនទៅ តាមតំបន់និមួយៗ ហើយនិងធ្វើការរៀបចំដីថ្លីរបស់ពួកគេទៅតាមព្រំប្រទល់ដី។

To create a  with a topology, you will need at a minimum:

ការបង្កើត topology អ្នកត្រូវការកម្មវិធីដូចជា:



  1. If you already have some data whose topology needs to be checked, you should load that data into the feature dataset to create a new feature class. A feature dataset is basically a container, holding one or more feature classes. One feature class would normally represent one kind of thematic feature, e.g. soil polygons, road lines etc.បើសិនជាអ្នកមានទិន្ន័យខ្លះ ដែលត្រូវការពិនិត្យក្នុង topology អ្នកត្រូវតែដាក់បញ្ចូលវាទៅក្នុង feature dataset ដែលបានបង្កើត feature class ថ្មី ។ feature dataset ជាកន្លែងផ្ទុកដំបូងគេ ជាចំណែកមួយ ឬច្រើននៃ feature classes ។ Feature class មួយតំណាងអោយមួយប្រភេទនៃ thematic feature ។ ឧទាហរណ៌ ដូចជាទ្រង់ទ្រាយដី និងរូបរាងផ្លូវ ។
  2. Once you have a feature class loaded, you need to define a topology rule using ArcCatalog. Topology rules define the permissible spatial relationships between features. e.g. “Must not overlap” and are stored in the feature dataset. You also need to specify which feature class or classes the topology rule applies to.ពេលដែលអ្នកបញ្ចូល feature class អ្នកត្រូវធ្វើវាទៅច្បាប់របស់ topology ដោយប្រើកម្មវិធី ArcCatalog ។ ច្បាប់របស់ Topology ត្រូវអោយបង្ហាញអោយបានច្បាស់រវាងទំនាក់ទំនងរបស់ features ។ ឧទារណ៌ មិនអនុញ្ញាតអោយត្រួតស៊ី “Must not overlap” និងរក្សានៅក្នុង feature dataset ។ អ្នកត្រូវបញ្ចាក់អោយច្បាស់លាសទៅលើ feature class ណាមួយ ឬទៅលើប្រភេទរបស់ topology ដែលបានកំណត់ ។
  3. The next step is to validate the topology, which checks all features to see if they meet the topology rules. You can validate topology in ArcMap (while editing) or in ArcCatalog.ជំហានបន្ទាប់គឺការវាយតម្លៃរបស់ topology, ត្រួតពិនិត្យរាល់ features ថាតើគោរពទៅតាមច្បាប់របស់ topology ឬក៌អត់។ អ្នកអាចធ្វើការវាយតម្លៃ topology ក្នុងកម្មវិធី ArcMap (អំឡុងពេលដែលកំពុងប្រើប្រាស់វា) ឬ ArcCatalog ។
  4. Correcting the errors can be done one by one in ArcMap using the error inspector. You can right-click the error in the list or on the map and click one of the available fixes. The fixes listed depend on the type of error.ធ្វើការកែរកំហុសអោយបានត្រឹមត្រូវម្តងមួយៗ នៅក្នុងកម្មវិធី ArcMap ដោយប្រើប្រាស់ឧបករណ៌ error inspector ។ អ្នកអាចចុច Mouse ខាងស្តាំ ទៅលើកន្លែងដែលមានកំហុសក្នុងតារាង ឬនៅលើផែនទី និងចុចមួយដងទៅលើឧបករណ៌ជួសជុល ។ ការជួសជុលអាស្រ័យទៅលើប្រភេទដែលមានកំហុស ។

Topology Example (c) ESRI

You can read more about creating and managing database topologies here;

អ្នកអាចអានបន្ថែមទៀតអំពីរបៀបនៃការបង្កើត និងរបៀបនៃការរៀបចំទិន្ន័យនៅក្នុង topologies នៅទីនេះ ។

For more advanced users, it is also possible to automate some topology fixes using geopreocessing tools and Model Builder in ArcMap. e.g.

សម្រាប់ការប្រើប្រាសដែលមានកំរិតខ្ពស់ វាជាភាពងាយស្រួលដោយស្វ័យប្រវត្តិខ្លួនឯងខ្លះៗទៅលើការជួសជុល topology ដោយប្រើប្រាស geopreocessing និង Model Builder ក្នុងកម្មវិធី ArcMap ។


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Monthly Cloud Cover Data in Cambodia

These statistics are calculated from daily satellite observations and are useful for planning imagery acquisition.December to February are clearly the best months, but it is interesting to note that the late wet season (Nov) is better than April-May, though of course flood waters are still up in November.

Average Cloud Cover Cambodia

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SPOT6 Satellite – First Pictures

Three days after being orbited, SPOT 6 has delivered its first images

Astrium Services has posted the first images from the SPOT 6 satellite, just three days after its launch on 9 September.

SPOT 6 will assure continuity of data from the series of satellites operating since 1986, along with many technological innovations. Its unique responsiveness and acquisition capacity are set to benefit a broad spectrum of operational applications.

These first images present very varied landscapes, highlighting SPOT 6’s potential for applications like urban and natural resource mapping or agricultural and environmental monitoring. The wide imaging swath (60km), identical to that of the other SPOT satellites, makes SPOT 6 an ideal tool for covering vast territories, while its 1.5m resolution – against 2.5m on SPOT 5 – enables it to distinguish smaller features than ever before.

To post the images, all operational systems swung smoothly into action, from satellite tasking to image acquisition, reception and processing.

In January 2014, the arrival of SPOT 7 will bring more new services including daily revisits. Together, the SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 constellation will assure continued availability of high-resolution, wide-area products through to 2024.

Source: Astrium

Bora Bora (c) Astrium Geoinformation Services


Bora Bora Detail

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Land Concession Monitoring – From Space

With the advent of newer earth imaging satellites with daily overpass and capture possibilities, it is now even easier to monitor land use change. For example, we can examine the history of development of two Economic Land Concessions (ELCs) inside the Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary. The concessions were granted in early 2010 and by March 2011, land clearing was well advanced.

Clearing of Land Concessions as of March 2011

If we examine the historical imagery, we can see the incremental clearing that has occurred over 1 year.

Historical Imagery: Mar-2010 -> Oct-2010 -> Mar -> 2011


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SPOT vs. SRTM DEM Comparison

Well I’ve finally manged to get my hands on some SPOT DEM data for Cambodia for a project in the Southern Cardamoms. Quite an improvement over the SRTM (90m) data.  The SPOT DEM has a resolution of 30m at the equator. From Astrium:

A SPOT DEM is a digital elevation model produced by automatic correlation of stereopairs acquired by the HRS instrument on SPOT 5.

Unlike a digital terrain model (DTM), which describes the distribution of terrain or “bare earth” heights, a DEM includes “first surface” elevations including vegetation and man-made structures.

SRTM DEM Detail. Scale approx 1:75,000

SPOT DEM Detail. Scale Approx. 1:75,000

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Dispelling Myths about Garmin GPS Accuracy

The declaration of the accuracy by Garmin GPS receivers often leads to confusion. What does it mean if the receiver states an accuracy of 4 m? This readout refers to the so-called 50 % CEP (Circular Error Probable). This means that 50 % of all measurements are within a radius of 4 m. On the other hand, 50 % of all measured positions are outside of this radius. Furthermore, 95 % of all measured positions are within a circle of twice this radius and 98.9 % of all positions are within a circle of 2.55 the radius. In the given example, nearly all positions are within circle with a radius of 10 m. The determined position is in the worst case accurate to 10 m.

GPS Error Plot


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Setting Up a Garmin GPS to Use Indian Datum

We often get asked about this question, so here are the full instructions on how this can be done:

Topographic maps in Cambodia use one of two datums; Indian 1954 and Indian 1960. By default, your Garmin GPS unit is set up to WGS84 datum, which is about 500m different to the Indian datums. If you want to display coordinates using one of the Indian datums, do the following;

  1.  In your unit, go to SETUP and then UNITS
  2. Go to  MAP DATUM and press the ENTER button
  3. Garmin supports the ‘Indian Thailand’ datum which is close to, but not exactly the same as the other INDIAN datums. The differences are:

INDIAN 54 vs. INDIAN Thailand: 2.2 meters

INDIAN 60 vs. INDIAN Thailand: 6.4 meters

Remember that standard GPS is generally accurate to about 10m, so these differences may be insignificant to you. If you want to be more precise, you can select the USER datum and enter the following parameters.




DX + 217 DX + 198
DY + 823 DY + 881
DZ + 299 DZ + 317
DA + 861 DA + 861
DF + 0.28361370 DF + 0.28361370


In Cambodia, the old 1:50,000 scale topographic maps are based on the INDIAN 1960 datum. The newer 1:100,000 scale maps from the Reconnaissance Survey Project (the “JICA Maps”) from 1998-2002 are based on the INDIAN 1954 Datum.

ផែនទីភូមិសាស្ដ្រមួយប្រើប្រាស់ក្នុងកម្ពុជានូវដាតូមពីរ ដូចជា ឥណ្ឌា ១៩៥៤ និង ឥណ្ឌា ១៩៦០ ។ ផែនទីចាស់មានមាត្រដ្ឋាន មូលដ្ឋានគ្រឹះខ្នាត ១:៥០,០០០ ដោយមានដាតូម ឥណ្ឌា ១៩៥៤ ។ ថ្មីៗ មាន ផែនទី ខ្នាត ១:១០០,០០០ ពី គំរោងអង្កេតការណ៍ ដែលជាគ្រឹះមានដាតូម ឥណ្ឌា ១៩៦០។

ដោយតម្រូវការរបស់ Garmin GPS ត្រូវមានខ្នាតចំពោះដាតូម WGS84 ជាមួយអំពីភាពខុស គ្នា ៥០០ម៉ែត្រ នៃដាតូមឥណ្ឌា ។ បើសិនលោកអ្នកចង់បង្ហាញនូវកូអរដោនេមួយ ដោយមានការប្រើ ប្រាស់ ដាតូមឥណ្ឌា ត្រូវអនុវត្ដតាមដូចខាងក្រោម ៖

1-    ក្នុងខ្នាតរបស់វា ត្រូវចូលទៅពាក្យ SETUP  និងបន្ទាប់មក UNITS

2-    ចូលទៅ MAP DATUM និង ចុចលើ ENTER ឧបករណ៍ ប៉ូតុង

3-    ជំនួយ Garmin វាមានដាតូម ឥណ្ឌាថៃឡង់ដិ៍ជាទៅចុងបញ្ចប់ ប៉ុន្ដែមិនសូវច្បាស់ លាស់  ដូចដាតូម ឥណ្ឌាដ៍ទៃទៀតទេ។ ភាពខុសគ្នាគឺ ៖

ឥណ្ឌា ៥៤ ជំនាន់ ខុសគ្នានឹង ឥណ្ឌាងៃឡង់ដិ៍ ៖ ២,២ ម៉ែត្រ

ឥណ្ឌា ៦០ ជំនាន់ ខុសគ្នានឹង ឥណ្ឌាងៃឡង់ដិ៍ ៖ ៦,៤ ម៉ែត្រ

ចូលចំណាំ ធម្មតា ស្ដង់ដារបស់ GPS ដែលមានតំលៃទៀងទាត់ប្រមាណ ១០ ម៉ែត្រ ដូនេះ ការខុសគ្នាប្រហែលមិនសំខាន់ ចំពោះអ្នក ។ បើសិនជាអ្នក ចង់បានភាពលំអិត ជាក់លាក់ លោកអ្នកអាចជ្រើសរើស ដាតូមប្រើប្រាស់ និង យល់ព្រមតាមកំណត់ដូច ខាង ក្រោម ៖




DX + 217 DX + 198
DY + 823 DY + 881
DZ + 299 DZ + 317
DA + 861 DA + 861
DF + 0.28361370 DF + 0.28361370

4-      ដើមី្បប្រៀបផ្ទឺម ផែនទីភូមិសាស្ដ្រ ទំរង់ទីតាំង តម្រូវឱ្យយដាក់ ’UTM UPS’ ក្នុង   Garmin GPS


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Historical Maps of Phnom Penh

Aerial Photo Phnom Penh

Aerial Photo Around Central Market, 1943

These images are from a report entitled “Phnom Penh développement urbain et patrimoine” or “Phnom Penh, Urban Development and Heritage”.


Phnom Penh Urban Expansion Map

Urban Expansion 1958 to 1968

Phnom Penh Urban Plan Map, Undated


Phnom Penh Urban Expansion 1890 to 1958


Phnom Penh Urban Expansion 1890 to 1994 cont..

Urban Plan 1903

Urban Plan 1922

Urban Plan 1937Plan des casiers, 1930


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Satellite Image of Kamchay Hydropower Project

This high resolution satellite image is of the Kamchay Hydropower in Kampot province Cambodia. The project is located inside Bokor National Park. The new road to the top of Bokor Mountain is visible in the bottom left hand corner. Kampot town is visible in the bottom right corner.

Aruna Technology are authorized distributors for satellite imagery from GeoEye, SPOT and RapidEye. Please Contact Us for more information.

Satellite Image of Kamchay Hydropower Project, 2012

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