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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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

How accurate are drone mapping surveys?

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Drones are being used more and more to provide maps to support construction, development, mining, agricultural and other commercial activities. Queensland Drones has been providing drone mapping surveys for over two years now, so it seems like a good time to discuss their sources, accuracy and reliability. First, let’s be clear about what drone maps are not … they are … Read More

Soil conductivity mapping key to understanding variability

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Variability in soil types across a field can be one of the biggest factors in variability of crop yield. Soil salinity, texture, water content and the soil’s ability to hold and use vital nutrients all contribute to crop variability across a field. Now growers can develop accurate maps of soil characteristics across a field, or across an entire farm, thanks … Read More

Drones and Privacy – Your Rights

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Drones and privacy

As a busy commercial drone operator, I am often asked about peoples’ right to privacy when drones are flying around them, and it is even, on occasion, suggested that I am invading someone’s privacy by flying a drone near them. So I’d like to clarify your right to privacy in relation to drone operators. First of all, let me explain … Read More

So you wanna be a drone pilot?

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Aerial news footage for ABC television

The Definitive Guide to Commercial UAV Operations in Australia UPDATED 19 FEB 2020 If you are an electrical engineer or have significant experience in the electrical transmission, renewable energy, construction engineering or oil and gas industry sectors, and wanting to be a commercial drone pilot, please contact Tony ([email protected]) to discuss current employment opportunities in Qld, NSW and Victoria. If … Read More