It is undeniable that technology is transforming the way in which the world is viewed. Embracing these advancements is the best way we at DTS can change the way we view the world for our clients. That is why we chose expand our services into the fields of aerial surveying and photogrammetry.

In a world were decisions need to be made quickly, we understand that these decisions can not be made without the appropriate information. We also understand that timing is a critical element in a project’s life-cycle. It is for this reason that we sought to introduce efficiencies into the way we not only capture data, but convey information.
Through our aerial survey division, and with Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) RPAS pilots we have given ourselves the ability to map from afar, the detail our clients require to enabled informed decision making.

“Through the use of drone technology, we now collect data faster, safer and more efficiently than ever before”

Coupled with our existing surveying services, we now provide fully integrated mapping, modelling, and surveying capabilities that utilise the latest in laser measurement, GPS and photogrammetry.


Vegetation Rehabilitation
Monitor the Growth of Vegetation over Time

Aerial mapping can provide critical information relating to the rehabilitation of sites. In particular, identifying the growth of vegetation over time. The method in which data is captured, ensures the same vegetation can be monitored, mapped and analysed repeatedly over finite periods of time.
Importantly, each analysis also provides imagery which enables the health and density of vegetation to be determined. This also enables trends in the health of vegetation to be established over time.

DTS can add value to:
  • Plant health/stress analysis
  • Soil property & moisture analysis
  • Growth/coverage monitoring
  • Plant/tree counting
  • Species identification
  • Biomass estimation
  • Fire detection and tracking
  • Planning/re-planting planning
  • Storm damage assessment
  • Habitat mapping
Geographic Information Systems
Produce Highly Accurate 2D and 3D Data sets

Utilising the data capture techniques associated with Drone technology brings significant efficiencies to data integration. Through the use of specialised software, we have proven the ability to map in two and three dimensions the built form of established urban areas. This ability extends to the provision of data in Google Earth compatible files that enable real time viewing of data whilst on site – a huge advantage when developing within constrained locations.

DTS can add value to:
  • Service locations and infrastructure
  • Imagery acquisition and overlay
  • Vector data extraction
  • Digitisation of ground features
Civil Design and Earthworks
Design and Monitor Earthworks

The drones capabilities are fully utilised when it comes to the mapping and delineation of features for civil design. Capable of mapping up to 25Ha an hour coupled with achievable accuracies of +/- 25mm, the drone introduces unrivalled efficiencies.
In addition to aiding design, the ability to analyse and determine earthworks volumes ensures that progress claims can be verified quickly and concisely with ongoing repeatability.

DTS can add value to:
  • Volume Reconciliation
  • Digital terrain modelling
  • Overland flow analysis
  • Storm water design
  • Claim auditing and verification
Determine Quantities, Movement and assist planning

Safety is paramount within any mining environment. Our drone technology significantly reduces the time our surveyors spend on site and removes them from precarious situations.
Additionally, capturing data from above means there is no downtime whilst surveyors move around a pit as is the case with conventional instruments.
Productivity and the rate of data capture also introduce significant cost savings over the life of a project.

DTS can add value to:
  • Pit and dump management
  • Haul route surface optimisation
  • Haul road, dump and pit design
  • Surface stability monitoring
  • Geotechnical and seismic analysis
  • Tailings dam management
  • Blast design and management
  • Stock pile management
  • Progress monitoring and reporting
  • Resource calculation
Agriculture and Environmental
Identify Pests, Disease and Weeds

Drone technology can be a key element in boosting yields, cutting costs and maximising the time spent on areas of need. The high resolution imagery highlights exactly which areas of crop need attention and examination. Additionally, the data enables the application of algorithms such as the Normalised Difference Vegetation Index to determine the reflectance and relative health of a crop.

DTS can add value to:
  • Determining patterns in canopy height, vigour and colour intensity
  • Patterns in dry soil & wet soil
  • Index variations
  • Analysing crop spacing issues
  • Measuring erosion channel width, depth and capacity
  • Identify areas of pest infestation
Route Selection and Analysis
Optimise Pipelines based on Vegetation and Topography

With the ability to capture large areas of land in short periods of time, drone technology enables the analysis of linear infrastructure corridors to optimise their alignment.
The combination of three dimensional modelling coupled with highly accurate imagery ensures that decisions are made only after consideration is given to all aspects of an corridors characteristics.

DTS can add value to:
  • Determining corridor topography
  • Identifying vegetation density
  • Overlaying corridors against cadastral boundaries

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