Matthew Lee

Weed detection, classification and mapping using drones.

Many of the safety risks in the natural resource industry are drawn from having staff traversing difficult ground. This risk is exacerbated when these staff have a task to perform such as filling data sheets, that require them to shift their attention from their surroundings. Interest in aerial means of capturing data to negate this risk and other challenges is increasing. We have developed a number of methods to map weeds with varying degrees of automation in the analysis process. Capturing extremely high resolution data with drones is simple, cheap and easy. The challenge is converting that data into actionable …

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DroneDeploy “Mission Exceeds Maximum Radius” SOLVED

I’ve been using DroneDeploy as a flight control system frequently in the last couple of weeks. Whilst good, I keep encountering issues during pre-flight. On this occasion I encountered “Mission Exceeds Maximum Radius” during the pre-flight checks for our Inspire. I didn’t know this at the time but within the DJI GO app there is a section called ‘distance limit’ under the MC Settings that acts as a geofence. If your mapping mission exceeds this limit, it will throw you a settings error. Just uncheck distance limit or change it to something larger than the maximum distance for your mission. …

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DroneDeploy Waiting for Drone SOLVED

  Last week was our first attempt at using the DroneDeploy app as a flight control system for our DJI Inspire. Whilst the operational delivery of the app was simple, in the initial setup can we encountered a number of problems. These problem are all drawn from safety precautions taken by the app which is a good sign, however error messages are not very descriptive. The first problem we had was the “Waiting for Drone” message. On connection of the inspire I was not able to connect the drone as this message would remain. I was conducting these test connections inside …

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Matthew Lee Meets the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change

I had the pleasure of representing Uaviation as a panel member the DELWP RPAS providers at a press release by the environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio at Melbourne Zoo on Saturday. Thinking initially that my role was just to deliver an example drone for the minister to point at, I had not anticipated what turned out to be a more involved role. The extent of the coverage we received from the press and the enjoyment I would draw from this experience. My first job was to set up our drone next to another RPAS provider’s drone.  Feeling somewhat intimidated by their 40kg+ monster of an aircraft, …

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