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A Guide to Thermal Mapping and Surveys.

Uaviation provides thermal mapping, inspection and survey solutions using UAV drone systems. Through simple oblique photography, complete GIS data sets or more complex 3D modelling, the use of this technology is helping our clients monitor a range of asset maintenance and environmental issues.  We use airborne GPS and IMU to optimized image collection methods for image geopositioning, providing our customers with geospatially-accurate maps for precise measurements and locations. The visualization of thermal maps varies between application. Typically, the simplest 2D map form of visualisation is used for analysis purposes, however, thermal maps can be in 2D, 3D, 4D and even …

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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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NDVI Imaging

The benefits of using UAV technology to measure crop health and improve production have excited agriculturalists for years. By seperating light bands such as blue, green, red, and near-infrared and measuring the intensity of light reflected from plants, stress can be identified significantly sooner than with the naked eye. Crop yields can be boosted by using imagery to assist in scouting, identifying nitrogen deficiencies, and detecting faulty application equipment and irrigation systems. Technologies such as digital cameras, UAVs (Drones) and big data computing have matured to a point where regular, high quality imagery is available to all farmers. The affordability of unmanned aircraft means that …

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Uaviation launches its new asset inspection UAV

Uaviation’s robotics engineers designed and constructed a new unique remotely piloted aircraft. Equipped with a revolutionary new positioning system that uses ten sonars and ten 3D cameras to “sense and avoid” obstacles. It has been built to inspect hard-to-reach locations like bridges, overpasses and coal conveyors. It can hover in place just centimeters from an obstacle (all withour GPS) while it carefully surveys and inspects This UAV sports an upward-facing camera and gimbal and live HD broadcast to the ground so engineers can pick and choose what they are looking at.

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RACING NSW ARTICLE IN SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

Racing NSW stewards are hoping to use a drone to provide overhead video footage, usually only available during carnival time, at every meeting within a year. Racing NSW deputy chairman of stewards Marc Van Gestel has been working on the project for several months and a drone, operated by Uaviation, was used at a recent set of Rosehill barrier trials, delivering incredible results. Approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority is the main sticking point before the system can be introduced. The helicopter shot used at carnivals gives a great indication where horses are in running and has sunk many …

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UAVIATION COMPLETES TESTING OF ITS NEW THERMAL IMAGING UAV

Uaviation has completed testing of its new thermal imaging drone. Sporting the highest quality radiometric thermal camera, and a separate visual camera, the UAV is capable of recording over 2 million seperate temperature readings each second. The platform will be used to extend Uaviation’s asset inspection services to new clients. Services include underground leak detection, friction and wear detection, insulation and photvoltaic cell inspection.

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THE NEED FOR SPEED

Rob Eldridge pieced together this new video showreel to demonstrate his team’s skills in capturing fast-moving action sequences. Based in New South Wales, Rob, Mel and Tom specialise in professional aerial photography and aerial video. Rob loves flying the DJI inspire with a second operator controlling the gimbal and camera. It is capable of capturing 4k HD video and still images smultaneously. The team also fly the larger S1000 platform – a 1000mm octocopter that lifts Canon 5D Mark III that produces cinema-quality images. View the full video on You Tube here.

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