TABLE OF CONTENTS


Chapter 1 

Logging In

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The landing page will display all your assets.


Introduction To SenseHawk Terra

Terra is a GIS, design automation, and data management platform that enables developers to manage multiple development projects and sites by providing preliminary site evaluation and design topography options. Industry professionals can effortlessly use Terra to transform real work scenarios into digital assets by capturing, analyzing, and visualizing their project environment on a map-based interface.


Key Concepts & Methodology

Below are the steps followed while using Terra to reduce the complexity of terrain analysis. 


Photogrammetry

SenseHawk uses photogrammetry to generate 3D surfaces and terrain maps. Photogrammetry involves collecting overlapping aerial photographs of an area, which are then analyzed for standard features in the area of overlap. Since the exact location and orientation of the camera is known at the time of capture of each image, the XYZ locations of the common land features/ points can be precisely determined. These are used to construct a 3D point cloud, using which a 3D surface and a color orthomosaic map are generated. Below is a broad overview of the photogrammetry process.


FIG 1: OVERVIEW OF PHOTOGRAMMETRY PROCESS


With the help of RTK (real-time kinematic) equipped drones and adequate ground control, 3D surfaces generated by this method will have accuracies of up to +/- 1 cm (0.4 inches). In most cases, the accuracy levels exceed those obtained from more traditional methods like LiDAR.


Additionally, SenseHawk's proprietary terrain filtering process removes extraneous objects such as vegetation, buildings, farm machinery, and so on from the surface model, giving an accurate picture of the bare-earth terrain.


FIG 2: OUR PROPRIETARY TERRAIN FILTERING ALGORITHM REMOVES EXTRANEOUS OBJECTS

SUCH AS TREES FROM THE SURFACE MODEL, GIVING YOU A TRUE PICTURE OF THE TERRAIN.

Construction Monitoring for the Win

The features of a product or service can say a lot about its valuable benefits however, your end goal is always to solve a problem or meet a need with the product or service in hand. Let’s have a look at all that’s in it for:


A. Asset Manager

Digitalize & organize asset data and processes

Your asset generates a huge amount of data across the lifecycle - SCADA data, terrain maps, design documents, contracts, component information like serial numbers, warranty documents, site activity-related data, and much more. Capturing, organizing, and storing this data to facilitate quick retrieval and advanced analytics is a challenge. SenseHawk tackles this challenge using a combination of drone data analytics and workflow applications Terra, Work, Files, and Senshawk App to capture and organize data around a Digital Twin of your solar asset. This mode of data collection and organization enables the creation of machine learning-based comprehensive performance models of a solar plant. The result - considerable improvements in productivity and improvement in asset returns.


B. O&M Manager

Increase generation and manage plant health

A solar plant has many discrete components - panels, combiner boxes, and inverters that should ideally be monitored periodically for performance and health using thermography. But conducting thermography of so many discrete components, analyzing the data, acting on it effectively, and storing it to capture trends over time requires specialized software. SenseHawk applications Therm, Work, and Sensehawk App effectively address this problem for you. Our solutions enable you to:

● Process large number of thermal images easily

● Detect and classify hotspots automatically with AI algorithms

● Visualize hotspots on maps of the plant with overlaid string and table numbers

● Use App for investigation and for taking corrective actions on site

● Create work orders instantaneously from the field using Tasks 

● Collaborate with multiple stakeholders seamlessly

● Analyze trends over time automatically


C. Land Developer & PV Engineer

Streamline land development

Sourcing, evaluating, and managing land parcels for solar projects is a cumbersome task. SenseHawk applications Terra, Files, and Sensehawk App help ease the burden. Our solutions enable you to:

● Manage all sites through an easy to use cloud-based GIS-enabled interface

● Visualize sites in low resolution (Google Maps) or high resolution (Drone Data)

● Measure site contours, levels, grading requirements, and hydrology characteristics

● Detect unique terrain features using AI-based analytics

● Capture land documents and other sites related information tagged to site features

using Files

● Use App to view a site on a mobile device, add comments, capture additional pictures &

features of the site while walking on your site

● Share site information seamlessly with design teams, contractors, and lenders through a

web-based login


D. Project Manager

Manage construction more effectively

As a construction manager, keeping track of progress and construction quality across a large solar site spanning hundreds of hectares is a daunting task. SenseHawk applications Terra, Files, Work, and Sensehawk App make it easier by leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Drone technology to provide unprecedented visibility to your construction site and enable you to

manage construction effectively through an easy-to-use web interface. Our solutions enable you to:

● Visualize site status clearly with high-resolution orthomosaic maps

● Detect important features automatically with AI algorithms

● Measure quantities, alignment, levels, and dimensions with high accuracy

● Access critical documents on-site and off-site easily and intuitively using Files

● Use App to view the sitemap on a mobile device, access documents in the field, fill out

checklists and punch lists, and much more

● Create work orders from the field using Tasks

● Collaborate with multiple stakeholders working on the site with a single version of the truth

● Generate as-built vs. design comparison as a record of reference for contracts as well as

insurance


E. Lender

Conduct quick diligence on solar assets

Conducting diligence of solar assets can be daunting - drones can deliver high-quality physical asset diligence with a short turnaround time. SenseHawk applications Terra, Therm, Work, and Sensehawk App help ensure rapid on and off-site diligence, combined with analytics and reporting of the same. Our solutions enable you to:

● Get accurate as-built and current state of the plant with a high-resolution visual scan

● Accurately confirm DC capacity with ML-based image analytics

● Conduct thermal scans and analytics to detect PID and other panel health issues

● Assess post-construction contours and related drainage/hydrology characteristics


F. Insurance Provider

Conduct quick diligence on solar assets

Conducting diligence of solar assets can be daunting - drones can deliver high-quality physical asset diligence with a short turnaround time. SenseHawk applications Terra, Therm, Work, and Sensehawk App help ensure rapid on and off-site diligence, combined with analytics and reporting of the same. Our solutions enable you to:

● Get accurate as-built and current state of the plant with a high-resolution visual scan

● Accurately confirm DC capacity with ML-based image analytics

● Conduct thermal scans and analytics to detect PID and other panel health issues

● Assess post-construction contours and related drainage/hydrology characteristics


Chapter 2


SenseHawk Terra User Guide

1. Log in to app.sensehawk.com using your credentials

2. On the organization's Home page, click on the desired asset

FIGURE 3: PORTFOLIO OF ASSETS

Topography

Measuring Elevation Profile

An elevation profile is the description of a two-dimensional, cross-sectional landscape view. It provides a side view of a terrain elevation along a line drawn between locations on the map.


1. Click on the line string tool from the toolbox on the right side of the map. Draw a line across any part of the map for which you would like to check the cross-section elevation.

FIGURE 4: LINE STRING TOOL

2. Click on the line drawn and select 'Elevation Profile' from the toolbox.

FIGURE 5: ELEVATION PROFILE

3. In the elevation profile dialog box, set the parameters. Choose the method as 'Line' and interval as '1m' or lower. Set the layer as 'DSM' and click on 'Calculate Elevation'.

FIGURE 6: STEPS TO MEASURE ELEVATION PROFILE

Measuring Spot Elevation

Spot elevation or the elevation of a point on a map or chart is used to indicate points higher than their surroundings. Spot elevation displays the actual elevation of a selected point and the top and/or bottom elevation of elements with a thickness.


1. To check spot elevation, select the marker tool from the toolbox and place it on the desired point on the map. Then select 'Elevation Profile' from the toolbox.

FIGURE 7: SPOT ELEVATION MARKER

FIGURE 8: ELEVATION PROFILE

2. In the Elevation Profile dialog box, select the method parameter as 'Point' and layer as 'DSM'.

FIGURE 9: STEPS TO MEASURE SPOT ELEVATION

3. Click on 'Calculate Elevation' to get the spot elevation results.

FIGURE 9(a): STEPS TO MEASURE SPOT ELEVATION

Volume Calculations

Volume calculations give accurate results for the volume of an area. The area of cutting and filling is found for each section with the polygon method or net area calculation method. The volume is determined by multiplying the average area with the distance between sections.


1. To begin calculating the volume of an area, select the polygon tool from the toolbox and draw the area on the map.

FIGURE 10: POLYGON MARKER TOOL

2. Click on the area and select 'Elevation Profile' from the toolbox. Select the method parameter as 'Base Height' and layer as 'DSM' in the dialog box.

FIGURE 11: STEPS FOR VOLUME CALCULATION

3. Click on 'Calculate Volume' and view the result.

FIGURE 11(a): STEPS FOR VOLUME CALCULATION

Construction Monitoring Overview

Your assets generate considerable data across the lifecycle - SCADA, terrain maps, design documents, contracts, site activity-related, and much more. SenseHawk enables seamless construction monitoring of your asset through a digital sitemap that allows capturing, organizing, and storing of this data to facilitate quick retrieval and advanced analytics.


Dashboard

Click on your desired asset on the organization's 'Home' page. On the dashboard page that opens, click on 'Terra name' to go to the map or terrain view.

FIGURE 12: DASHBOARD VIEW

FIGURE 13: MAP/TERRAIN VIEW

Scan Dates

On the map/terrain view of the site., select the desired scan date. 

FIGURE 14: SCAN DATES FOR PROGRESS MONiTORING

Filters

Now, use various filters to access the data you want.


a) App Filters

Click on the gear icon in the tools menu for App filters

    - Check or uncheck Tasks/Forms on the map view

FIGURE 15: APP FILTERS TO FILTER OUT LABELS, TASKS, AND FORMS ON THE MAP ViEW

b) Feature Filters

Click on the Feature filters button in the tools menu to filter by feature types on the map.

The filtered view on the map is generated.

FIGURE 16: FEATURE FILTERS TO FILTER BY ROW, INVERTER, OR NAMED COMPONENTS ON THE MAP

Feature Types

The feature types on the map are color-coded and listed in the feature type section. The feature types on the maps can be filtered by selecting/deselecting.

FIGURE 17: SELECT/DESELECT FEATURES YOU WOULD LIKE ON THE MAP

Compare

If there are multiple scan dates, the Compare feature will help understand the progress. Comparing two scan dates will allow for an easy visual understanding of the work progress based on the map's color-coded feature types.

FIGURE 18: COMPARE APPLICATION IN THE TOOLBOX

FIGURE 18(a): SCAN DATES SELECTION FOR COMPARISION

Easily monitor the progress between two scan dates.

FIGURE 18(b): COMPARISION VIEW OF MAPS

Reports

A PDF format can be downloaded by clicking on the download icon next to the scan date. Get a detailed understanding of the construction progress with the report. Hover over the scan date to download the report.

FIGURE 19: REPORTS

Sample Report: