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SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software,  announced in a press release today that  it enabled the first government drone mapping project in South Korea. Asia Aero Survey (AAS), a SimActive regional partner, used Correlator3D™ for the public survey delivered to the Korean National Geographic Information Institute (NGII) and the Korean Association of Spatial Information, Surveying & Mapping (KASM).

The press release explains that while such projects were previously conducted using manned aircraft, a drone was preferred due to the difficulty in accessing the area of interest through traditional aerial and ground surveying methods.  The NGII officially published guidelines for public surveying and mapping with drones in March 2018, with the AAS project being the first delivered and accepted as adhering to the new guidelines. AAS is also deploying UAV solutions with hyperspectral and LiDAR for other projects in conjunction with SimActive software.

The country of South Korea is a regional powerhouse in Asia and is the 11th largest economy in the world.  The current population is over 50 million people.  The South Korean government has previously announced that it will invest over 1.2 trillion for drone development over a five year period.

South Korea’s terrain is mostly mountainous, most of which is not arable. Lowlands make up only 30% of the total land area.

SimActive has been also been in the news recently in relation to mining applications of drones and with general mapping application using drones.