New report out on UAV data acquisition

Friday 7 Dec 2018

 
FrontierSI (formally the CRC for Spatial Information) have released their UAV Data Report. For those involved in using UAV’s, this recent 114-page report titled UAV Data Acquisition, Australia and New Zealand, is a useful reference – and read.

Unpiloted aerial vehicles (UAVs) have come a long way from their military origins. In addition to being one of the latest must-have gadgets for tech enthusiasts, UAVs – or drones – are now indispensable tools across a wide range of sectors. The mining industry uses UAVs for calculating stockpile volumes; foresters use them to count trees; local governments use them to count roof-top solar panels and assess the state of footpaths; environmental managers use them to count wildlife or look for landslide risk areas; and emergency services use drones during bushfires and for search and rescue operations.

UAVs are also used in agriculture, forestry, surveying, construction, and even to document heritage buildings. Whether they’re fixed-wing, multi-rotor or hybrid versions, unpiloted aerial vehicles are not only relatively cheap to use, they can also be deployed more quickly and easily than other remote sensing methods such as piloted surveillance aircraft. Despite the advantages of UAV capture, an ongoing issue with the low quality of the data provided by some UAV data suppliers is causing considerable frustration, cost and set-backs for users.

This situation often arises because UAV data suppliers don’t necessarily understand what the end-users need from the data. This report aims to capture, explore and address that gap in understanding. FrontierSI, in collaboration with the Mineral Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Victoria, has investigated how UAVs are being used to capture and acquire data, and how that data is being used.

The research involved consultations with 135 people who either use, broker or supply UAV data, from 80 organisations across government, private sector, industry and research. Nearly 62 per cent of these participants were either suppliers of UAV data or capture their own UAV data for internal use. Broker organisations were those offering value-added services such as spatial analysis and feature extraction.

The FrontierSI UAV report can be accessed here.

Source: Australian UAV




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