How accurate are drone mapping surveys?

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CAD design drawings overlaid on precision topographic imaging

Can Drone Aerial Surveys Meet Engineering Standards? Drones are being used more and more to provide maps to support construction, development, mining, agricultural and other commercial activities. Queensland Drones is a trusted provider of precision PPK Precision Aerial Mapping using purpose-built mapping UAVs. We regularly partner with engineers, surveyors and other industry professionals to rapidly deliver survey-grade aerial mapping (especially … Read More

What Is a Contour Survey?

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Fine detail contour survey

A contour survey is a way to easily visually understand the vertical and horizontal shape (the “topography”) of your land. By understanding the land contours, you can easily visualise or map how water will flow across and through the property when it rains, where it will collect, where it might erode the soil and many other important water flow characteristics. … Read More

Multispectral Post Emergence Crop Surveys

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How to Rapidly Audit your Crop Planting Investment As identified by McCaine et al (University of Mississippi, 2019), “Plant density estimation during the emergence phase is critical for early-season decision making. Estimation of both crop and weed density is critical for addressing early season issues. Mapping of weeds in crops at any stage can be useful; however, early competition from … Read More

Why Multispectral Mapping beats NDVI

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Multispectral map of tree plantation using Micasense Rededge

Getting the Right Management Insights at the Right Time Why is multispectral mapping so important? Because decision-making is not about pretty pictures, it’s about having the right data for the right job and empowering you to grow the healthiest crops you can. NDVI was good technology 30 years ago when the first Landsat satellites were launched, but there are so … Read More

How to make your fortune as a drone pilot

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About three years ago now, the Australian edition of the Huffington Post online newspaper claimed that being a drone pilot would be the “job of the future” and that drone pilots could expect to earn $100,000 to $150,000 a year. This claim, and others like it, set a lot of people on the path to getting the Remote Aircraft Pilot’s … Read More

Drones boost construction industry competitiveness

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Wollongabba contour files

As the year draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on how the use of drones is changing the construction industry, especially in the large commercial development sector. 2018 has brought major changes to construction workflows and processes that have seen drones move from the realm of the curious to essential tools in the workplace. As 2018 opened, we were … Read More

Why is soil conductivity mapping so important to farmers?

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The factors that drive Soil EC also drive Soil Productivity Soil conductivity testing and mapping is a proven technology that’s been around for decades. Farmers and growers, crop consultants, nutrient suppliers, agronomists and soil scientists around the world use EM/EC soil testing and soil conductivity mapping in conjunction with physical soil testing and vegetation analysis to manage how they choose … Read More