Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles/UAVs, have been gradually making their way into more and more industries as their true potential is explored.
Drones prove a unique, real-time view of an area, something that was once unachievable, and this is now being used to great effect in farming, agriculture, and environmental research.
With these tools, environmentalists and farmers can track the growth of a crop, the movements of a herd and important environmental concerns, all from a safe, convenient spot.
The use of drones in environmental monitoring starts in agriculture
Drones have been used by farmers for a while now, as they are increasingly seen as the ideal tool for monitoring large areas of land.
The best way to gain a better insight into the health and success of farming field is from the air, and these unmanned … Read the rest
Environmental Remediation And Landfill Management
The job of managing and maintaining a landfill site is a difficult one that requires constant planning inspection, reporting and readjusting in order to best make use of the area.
As this can be a time-consuming venture with a lot of hard work and careful collaboration, it helps to be able to use the very best tools and software to improve performance.
In May 2015, GIS became involved in a government-funded project to determine the potential of drones and cloud software in the maintenance of these landfill sites.
The efforts are currently one year into a 2 year period, but some interesting lessons are already being learned.
The use of drones in environmental remediation has great potential and GIS aimed to prove this
Drone mapping helps site managers by providing plenty of up-to-date data on … Read the rest
Drones To Wash Windows
Window cleaning is a job that nobody enjoys because it can be so difficult to not only achieve a sparkling result but to also reach all the windows of a home or tall office building in a safe manner.
Calling on a professional cleaning service is the way to go for many office buildings and apartment blocks, but even then these cleaners can struggle with windows on the highest floors.
One solution for homeowners that wants to do things themselves is to use a window cleaning robot.
The idea of using drones for cleaning sites is becoming much more popular
Cleaning robots and drones have started to prove their worth in recent years, as developers create models that are more capable of carrying out a decent job with minimal interference from the human operator.
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Photogrammetry And LiDAR Mapping
The use of land surveying drones in industries such as mining and construction is still limited, as developments clash with legislation, but there is no doubt that these UAVs can have a big impact on the workflow, efficiency and cost-management of that company.
There are many benefits to be gained from using GPS-equipped drones with the capability to offer photogrammetry and LiDAR mapping.
Before companies can do so, they must first get a better understanding of what this technology is, what it can offer within their industry and the options available.
The term photogrammetry is one that many people will not have come across because it is a very specialised science. It is, however, something that many industries can take full advantage of.
It is all about making measurements and scale representations from photographs. … Read the rest
Land Surveying Techniques
The potential of drones in the industry is being felt by a number of sectors, as developers discover new ways to use these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to improve the way they do business.
This is also true of land surveyors, particularly those working with oil and gas companies who need quick access to detailed data on large stretches of land.
How do you survey the land with a drone?
The basic principles of flying a drone remain the same no matter where they are deployed – you start it up, fly it to the desired location, use the tools and camera to achieve the data you need and bring it into the land.
In land surveying, this means launching a drone above the area that needs to be monitored, creating images of the landscape with … Read the rest
Drones In Utilities
The Electric Power Research Institute has been looking into the prospects of using drones in power line management. In October 2015, the research institute held a three-day workshop with different utility companies to discuss the options available.
By using simple drones, nothing more than a small helicopter model with a few sensors and a camera, they were able to carry out a safe, clear inspection of lines at a hydroelectric plant in the Catskill Mountains. This type of drone work is also used in farming and land surveying to gather aerial data.
This sounds great for technological progress in the industry but while there are potential benefits, there are also obstacles.… Read the rest
Solar Panel Cleaning
The Mojave Desert has long been prime real estate for solar farms due to the vast expanse of open landscape, the high levels of sunshine that can be harnessed and the proximity to some of America’s greenest areas.
There is a 3,500-acre solar farm in the desert that is capable of producing vast amounts of green electricity, but only when conditions are optimal.
Issues with dust and dirt have threatened the effectiveness of this site, to the point where engineers are looking into the potential of using drones in cleaning sites.
Solar farms are magnets for dust and need an effective cleaning solution to maintain efficiency
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Land Surveying Drones
Land surveying can be tough work, requiring the ideal tools, dedicated time in the field and a lot of effort spent compiling the data. The problem with this hands-on approach is that not only is it time-consuming, but it can also affect accuracy levels.
Companies are now looking at surveying drones and LiDAR to approve the accuracy of their methods and data and the efficiency of their work.
What are the advantages of using these land surveying drones over traditional techniques?
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