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UAV and Geomatics

UAVs are a perfect complement to Surveyor’s work. UAVs can be used to reduce hazards and increase profitability of projects by eliminating a lot of the redundant man power. 

The benefits of using survey-grade UAVs for surveying large parcels of land (those ranging 10-100 acres in size) cannot be emphasized enough. 

“You won’t get this kind of imagery and detail from a LiDAR system,” argues Jess, the Canadian surveyor who is using UAV technology for surveying routinely. “A point cloud is much more efficient than a ground survey,” he says, adding that the introduction of UAVs offers surveyors a new technique for cost-effectively and efficiently acquiring data for medium- to large-scale projects that require surface models, such as mine sites, quarries and construction sites with earthworks.” 

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The Benefits of using UAV

  • Reduced health and safety risk: There are no people, plants or other obstructions up in the air. Drones are inbuilt safety features including battery power monitor, come-home locator and kill switch. If operated correctly, the drone knows the location from where it took off and if the battery runs low, it ignores all external commands and returns home; equally, a switch on the control panel achieves the same function.
  • No need to shut down installations: During inspections, installations in most cases need to be shut down temporarily, involving high costs due to loss of productivity. Using drones capable of inspecting functioning installations in a short time span makes the shut-down superfluous.
  • Minimal disruption: The pilot only requires a clear line of sight of where the drone is flying and can operate it from up to 400m. Therefore, unlike a cherry picker or scaffolding that may obstruct an entrance or occupy parking spaces, a safe zone can be established away from the building.
  • Better quality images: a drone-mounted camera takes photographs at predetermined intervals (ranging from one to 30 seconds) together with continuous film footage. The images are very high resolution, enabling the viewer to zoom in and see a high level of detail. They can also be issued electronically within a few hours of the survey, or if required, downloaded onto a USB while still on site.
  • High data quality: Using a drone can significantly reduce the time spent collecting accurate data and allow you to gather millions of data points in a single flight. Thus, you can get high quality data in less time. A 15-minute flight can produce around one million points, versus only 500 to 600 points in a day via traditional methods. The amount of useable data a drone can collect sets it apart from classical surveying techniques, such as aerial data collected via a helicopter or an airplane. You can also generate 3D models more efficiently. For a site of 100 hectares, you might measure 30,000 points using a traditional system. With a survey-grade drone, you could measure up to about 25 million points or more, which would show the terrain more smoothly and in a lot more detail.
  • Reduced survey time: A drone can be set up and ready to fly in approximately 20 minutes. The usual flight operation is 30 minutes and covers a very large area. Because it flies in different directions over the target building, images are obtained from various angles. A drone can also fly where people or vehicles have no access, for example over swamps, densely forested areas.
  • Survey of inaccessible locations: A drone can fly where people or vehicles have no access, for example over swamps, densely forested areas and locations of suspected UXO. Drones make these areas accessible for airborne surveys.

Industry Examples

Environment

  • Pre-disturbance and reclamation planning
  • Environmental and reclamation site assessments and mapping
  • Tree and shrub growth monitoring
  • Tailings pond monitoring
  • Wildlife and biodiversity site specific monitoring
  • Activities related to regulatory compliance and permitting
  • Hydrological mapping
  • Tree disease detection and monitoring
  • Natural disaster assessment
  • Forest fire detection and surveillance

Mining

  • Stock pile volumes
  • Open pit volumes
  • Tailings pond monitoring
  • Pre-disturbance and reclamation planning
  • Environmental and reclamation site assessments and mapping
  • Wildlife and biodiversity site specific monitoring
  • Tree and shrub growth monitoring

Construction

  • Transmission line inspection
  • Radio, communication, and transmission tower inspections
  • Wind farms (blade and turbines) inspections

Real Estate

  • Volumetric maps
  • Geographical analysis
  • 3D modeling
  • Site assessment 

Survery

  • Stock pile volumes
  • Open pit volumes
  • Tailings pond monitoring
  • Pre-disturbance and reclamation planning
  • Environmental and reclamation site assessments and mapping
  • Wildlife and biodiversity site specific monitoring
  • Tree and shrub growth monitoring

Civil Egineering

  • Transmission line inspection
  • Infrastructure analysis
  • Large scale infrastructure inspection.

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