How many more manned aviation incidents do we need before we start to close the book on helicopter inspections and surveys?
News and views about the commercial drone services industry in Australia and specific uses of drone technologies, by Tony Gilbert, CEO of Queensland Drones.
As a general rule, we advise our clients to budget for LIDAR mapping at $2500 per day. The actual cost may vary up and down a bit from there, but it’s a good rule of thumb to start considering affordability and value.
Drone surveys are still a relatively new and not fully understood process for many people, but professionals in the engineering, exploration, surveying and precision agriculture fields are rapidly embracing the advantages of this alternative approach to gathering critical site data. Where once they had to wait for a traditional surveyor to go out to a site, often spend several days there gathering ground-based measurements, then more days or even weeks compiling and presenting the data in a usable format, these early adopters are getting usable data in just a couple of days. Even traditional surveyors are increasingly embracing drone surveys […]
Modernisation is seamlessly incorporated into our lives nowadays. We can learn anything with a simple video over the internet. We can socialise and provide professional services digitally. We can improve the quality of our lives by simply upgrading to more efficient technology. One of which is gardening. Gardening isn’t just about choosing the best fertiliser for the home garden or finding the best crops for greenhouses. It also involves the planning phase, which can be difficult without the right tools. A drone’s perspective provides many benefits for gardening, and we’ll show you a few tips in this article. Some purists […]
Can Drone Aerial Surveys Meet Engineering Standards? Drone mapping surveys are being used more and more 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 over larger areas). So how accurate are aerial mapping surveys using drones? And why does experience matter so much? It’s pretty easy to buy a drone and fly a site for mapping data. You can process it on an online platform […]
Improve Seed Trials using Multispectral Trial Plot Mapping Modern farming is challenging. Drought, climate change and other natural disasters are cutting farm profits, but you still need to do the best you can with what you have. Which is why seed selection and trial plots are so critical to the success of your crops. A recent survey by Farmers Business Network identified the biggest seed selection challenges facing farmers as: Needing to save money on inputs (23%) Not knowing how last year’s seeds performed before planting this year’s crops (22%) Pressure to make an early commitment to get seed discounts […]
Here are a few aerial photos we’ve captured along our five year journey so far. Please let us know in the comments below what you think.
Queensland Drones regularly provides landscape photography for property developers, rural and prestige real estate brokers, architects, building designers, tourism authorities and event managers. Here are some examples of our work. Click on any image to see it full size in the lightbox. Check out Drone Photography Services for more information about this service.
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 over the property when it rains, where it will collect, where it might erode the soil and many other important water flow characteristics, where to build access roads and how to farm your property along the contours. From this simple base, you can even develop water flow models, stream maps and determine the best places to create dams and silt traps. Do contour surveys need […]
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 weeds is frequently most detrimental to yield.” Planting new crops, especially in times of climate uncertainty, is a risky investment. It pays to make sure your new planting investment has produced the results you expected, and be able to take […]