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Unmanned Aerial Surveying

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 to expand our services into the fields of aerial surveying and photogrammetry.

    • Applications

    • 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
    • Mining

      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