Digital methods are rarely among the core competencies of applied scientists – regardless of whether they work in conservation and environmental protection, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, or food storage and processing.
At the same time, the university currently has access to a wide range of knowledge and skills in the area of digitalisation. KoDA wants to exploit the existing potential by networking and, where necessary, putting colleagues and employees in touch with each other.
KoDA also offers assistance to teaching staff and researchers from all university departments in the area of digitalisation in the form of advice, services and the provision of equipment. This saves everyone from having to buy new equipment or learn everything themselves.
Images taken of the same object from different perspectives can be used to calculate 3D models. The resulting data can be used to derive scatter clouds and triangular meshes. They can then be used to measure objects (volumes, lengths). We would be happy to create models to order if you provide the object you wish to examine.
The Intamsys Funmat HT Enhanced 3D printer can be used to print components with a size of max. 260 mm x 260 mm x 260 mm. Common materials (such as ABS, PLA or nylon) as well as special high-temperature materials can be processed.
We have a Haase Cut 2500 Profi available for precise, computer-controlled processing of thinner metal sheets and wooden board. The maximum workpiece size is 1000 mm x 580 mm x 110 mm; max. material thickness depends on the type of material and processing. As well as panels for control boards, it is also possible to machine finished parts.
The geodata portal can be used to visualise, exchange and store spatial data securely on the servers in the Leibniz Computing Centre (LRZ). There is the option of designing and publishing custom maps. It is also possible to upload geodata. A metadata-based search ensures clarity.
Support with starting up, switching to or customising the free open-source software QGIS (https://qgis.org/de/site/). Training opportunities on the subject ‘Working with QGIS’. Processing and analysis of GIS data on request.
Work can currently only be carried out by KoDA on site. There are plans to provide remote access. There are 64 cores with 2.0–3.4 GHz with a total of 128 threads (AMD Epyc 7702P), 512 GB ECC DDR4, 2x Nvidia Titan RTX (4608 CUDA units, 24 GB GDDR6), 2 x 1.5 TB SSD and 21 TB SAS HDD (RAID system) available.
There are two drones available: A DJI Phantom 4 quadcopter with 12-MP RGB camera, and a ThirdElement hexacopter with a 24-MP RGB or CIR camera, a Parrot Sequoia camera (red, green, red edge, near-infrared). Further sensors can also be installed in the ThirdElement drone’s gimbal system on request. This drone has an RTK-compatible GNSS receiver. We are happy to carry out flights on request.
Drone images can be used to calculate Digital Elevation Models (DEM) as well as orthorectified images. Enhanced geocoding of the images is possible during this process, as long as reference points on the ground have been measured in advance. The end result of this is Digital Orthophotos (DOP). We can process your drone images into DEM and DOP on request.
The Veris Q2800 ground conductivity meter is used to ascertain the apparent electrical conductivity of the ground. The device is pulled across the area for investigation by a towing vehicle. The georeferenced results can then be used to divide the area into zones within which, for example, further targeted measurements can be taken. Measuring depths are 0–0.3 m and 0–0.9 m, measurement unit is mS/m (=1/R).
Recognising patterns in images is a recurring issue when it comes to automating processes. The process can be used to identify, measure or even analyse objects in the image. We would be happy to advise you on any matters concerning the subject areas offered by the university.
As well as the extremely popular video conference platform 'meet.lrz.de', the Leibniz Computing Centre (LRZ) offers a wide range of other services. Unfortunately, the cloud storage service 'Sync and Share' is only seeing limited usage, while the 'Compute Cloud', which is used to independently manage virtual machines, doesn’t appear to be widely known. Gitlab is a highly popular platform for managing (software) projects. And the four services mentioned here only represent the tip of the iceberg. We can advise you whether, and if so how, any of the LRZ services can be used in your project. We will also be happy to give you an introduction if required.
The wireless technology LoraWAN enables users to send sensor data via the internet with low energy usage. It allows a huge number of individual sensors to be bidirectionally linked to a remote server via a ‘gateway’. LoraWAN has a lower data rate than WLAN, while at the same time achieving significantly higher ranges. We will be happy to advise you on how to set up a complete process chain through to the storage and visualisation of transferred data on a cloud server.
The Labjack U3 (https://labjack.com/support/datasheets/u3) is a mobile measurement lab. It is linked to a laptop or PC via USB and has various interfaces (digital inputs and outputs, timer, counter). The device can be used to display and record data from various sensors (temperature, angle, etc.) The display and recording is carried out using a free programme. The device is very affordable compared to other commercial systems, albeit with a lower resolution (12 bit). It is well suited for simple measuring tasks and for use in student projects.
Systems are available from various manufacturers with different positioning accuracies. If required, the devices can be adapted to the application.
The Arduino microprocessor (https://www.arduino.cc/) is characterised by its extremely reasonable price, low energy requirement and almost limitless modularity. It can be used both for recording and transferring measured data and for controlling and regulating processes (automation). We would be happy to advise you about possible applications and provide support with set-up and installation.
In the Raspberry Pi, we have one of the most popular single-board computers in our portfolio. Alongside its expandability and processing power, the RPi mainly stands out thanks to its digital and analogue inputs and outputs. These features mean it is suitable for control and regulation tasks and for recording measured data. It is even possible to run basic programs on the RPi. The system can also be used as a desktop PC with Linux operating system for basic requirements. We will be happy to help you assemble and configure the RPi.
The Trimble Greenseeker is a handheld meter, which can be used to analyse a round NDVI (vegetation index, nitrogen uptake, drought stress, surface coverage) area of plants of around 0.5 m² in size. Measurements can be taken on a point-by-point basis, or continuously over short periods of time using individual or average values. Results are displayed in the LCD display without dimension in the value range 0.00–1.00.
A mobile mapping system is used to add the information ‘geographical position’ to the wide range of measured values. Various positioning accuracies and customizations for target operating systems are available.
The Ocean Optics STS VIS and NIR spectrometers can be used to measure wavelengths in the range from 350 to 800 nm or 650 to 1100 nm. Data capture is carried out on a PC or laptop. The data is transferred via USB. The devices are suitable for analysing plants, soils and foods.
There are various options, including power supply, available for recording data that is transferred by serial interface (RS 232) for periods lasting several days to several weeks.
Dust- and waterproof, shockproof 'action' camera with optical image stabiliser, which can be used to record videos up to 4k and 60 fps/1080 p and 240 fps.
Kompetenzzentrum für digitale Agrarwirtschaft (KoDA)