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Forestry - Tree plantation management

3D photomesh and orthomosaic of bluegum tree plantation.

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Small Drone Mapping 101

The Aero Scout shares his experiences with UAV mapping and 3D models.

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Alkimos Beach - 3D Photomesh and Orthomosaic

Alkimos beach aerial survey to produce a 3D photomesh and orthomosaic.

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Chestnut Brae - Farm planning map

Demonstrating how drone imagery can be used as a base for effective farm planning.

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Small Construction Site - 3D Photomesh and Orthomosaic

UAV aerial survey of a construction site to produce a 3D photomesh and orthomosaic.

Kulin Water Slide - Site Scan

3D model of the Kulin water slide created using drone images

Mission Summary

  • Goal: To demonstrate the effectiveness of a drone site scan of public infrastructure for marketing or asset monitoring purposes.
  • Tech: DJI Mavic Pro, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Late morning, sunny, moderate wind
  • Outcome: Whilst it was a warm day and upon takeoff the drone was swarmed by 100 pink and grey galahs we managed to site scan the Kulin pool and water slide before any patrons arrived.
    Note: Permission from the Pool Manager was granted for the drone scan
High resolution plan view of the Kulin water slide using drone images

This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

West Kulin - Tin Horse Highway

Mission Summary

  • Goal: To drone scan a couple of the famous Kulin tin horses.
  • Tech: DJI Mavic Pro, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Late afternoon, sunny, moderate wind

This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Graffiti Train Carriage

Mission Summary

  • Tech: DJI Mavic Pro, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Midday, overcast, moderate wind
  • Comments: I spotted an interesting subject matter for a drone inspection scan next to the beach we frequent. 



This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

South Mole Lighthouse - Structure Scan

3D model of the Fremantle South Mole lighthouse created using drone images

Mission Summary

  • Goal: To create a digital virtual twin of the Fremantle South Mole lighthouse using Mavic Pro and Drone Deploy technologies.
  • Tech: DJI Mavic Pro, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Midday, overcast, high wind
  • Outcome: Despite the many challenges; high wind, busy light aircraft corridor, having to land twice because of helipad activity this was a very rewarding drone flight and scan. 
Designed by C.Y. O''Connor and built in 1903 

A clear view of the old gun defences erected during WWII next to the lighthouse

Spot the sign hanging in mid-air. :)

This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Pool


Mission Summary

  • Goal: To drone scan residential pool before it was filled with water to test drone scanning ability to re-create smooth pool surface.
  • Tech: DJI Spark, Agisoft PhotoScan
  • Conditions: Later afternoon, sunny, moderate wind
  • Outcome: The virtual model of the pool was flawless, even using a drone as basic as a DJI Spark.


This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Contours for Civil Design

3D model of site - The area that needs to be surveyed is the field just below the circular storage units

Mission Summary

  • Goal: Use drone scanning to create contours to assist in the design of an emergency hardstand.
  • Tech: DJI Phantom 4 Pro, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Afternoon, sunny, moderate wind
  • Outcome: This proved to be an extremely effective way of gathering elevation data and converting that into contours to help Civil Designers plan an emergency hardstand area. 
High resolution orthomosaic of the existing site plus the field below where the emergency handstand is to be constructed 

With the elevation gradient it's much easier to understand the levels and slope of the area

The contours that were used by the Civil Designers for use in software such as AutoCAD and 12D 
Part of the final design

This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Stockpile Comparison - Drone vs Total Station

Mission Summary

  • Goal: Demonstrate effectiveness of drone scans for stockpile volume calculations.
  • Tech: DJI Phantom 3 4K, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Midday, sunny, moderate wind
  • Outcome: The stockpile volumes reported from drone imagery were within 2% of stockpile readings given by surveyors. See results below;









This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Sanur Groin

Mission Summary

  • Goal: Check out the effectiveness of the DJI Spark for mapping and structure scan, whilst on holiday overseas.
  • Tech: DJI Phantom Spark, AgiSoft PhotoScan
  • Conditions: Morning, sunny, moderate wind
  • Outcome: The DJI Spark is an excellent mapping tool. It is small, light, innocuous, has great range (this island was a good 300m off shore) and a good sensor. 




This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Land Development Site



Mission Summary

  • Goal: Demonstrate effectiveness of drone scans for stockpile volume calculations and site asset monitoring.
  • Tech: DJI Phantom 3 4K, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Midday, sunny, moderate wind
  • Outcome: Even using manual flying (no auto waypoints) it wasn't difficult to produce an accurate, detailed map of the construction site and then interrogate for meaningful insights. 









This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Grain Receival Depot



Mission Summary

  • Goal: Drone scan grain receival depot in preparation to conduct larger scan on regional / port depot
  • Tech: DJI Phantom 3 4K, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Midday, sunny, moderate wind
  • Outcome: 3x batteries and 60min of flight time has produced a detailed scan with a 1cm/pixel resolution














This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.