Drones in Construction and Earthworks

Australian construction, road and rail works. Drones and their application is a popular topic many Australian business.  The construction industry were early adopters of drones. The industry has been using them and other unmanned vehicles to provide a range of services since 2013. The application and use of drone technology in the construction industry falls into three main categories; survey, progress monitoring, and asset inspection. Each of these applications require specialist knowledge and technology.  The following will focus on the drone survey applications. The movement of large volumes of the earth is an essential part of construction. The logistics, engineering effort …

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3D modelling rock revetments

Recently the team at Uaviation have been focused on developing and applying new 3d modelling technology to the management of erosion prevention assets. The focus has primarily been on automating and standardising the assessment of coastal rock revetments. Uaviation’s systems focus on collection and analysis of: Voids Within the Revetment; Rock Displacement and Erosion; Exposure of Geo-fabric; Debris Build-up; and, Slope Differentials and S-curve development. Using unmanned aircraft (drones) Uaviation collect, detailed, high resolution imagery of the armour. Voids in the armour surface is measured using aerial imagery analysis where the tessellation and particle size of rocks are analysed. Uaviation …

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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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