Part 1: Introduction to Vegetation Indices and Pix4D By Jacob Nederend MSc Candidate, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada What is a vegetation index and why can’t I just use NDVI? In the previous post, I provided a general overview of how to obtain high quality orthomosaics from your eBee’s raw … Continued
Drones For Mining
Worker safety is of paramount importance, by allowing surveyors to collect accurate spatial data from above, drone or UAV technology can vastly reduce risk by minimizing the time these staff spend on site.
Drone-based data collection can also boost productivity; surveying projects that once took days or weeks using traditional surveying techniques are now possible in just a few hours. Plus, thanks to a drone’s ability to collect data from above, there is no downtime required while surveyors move around a pit, as can be the case when using terrestrial surveying instruments.
With fewer man hours required to produce large, accurate data sets, and no need for externally-sourced imagery, the result is vastly reduced costs. Many operators report that a single imaging drone – comparable in price to a mid-range GPS rover – can pay for itself in just a few months.
Toronto-based Deveron UAS Corp., an enterprise drone data services company focused on agriculture, has commenced flying for this year’s farming season in Canada. Deveron says it is focused on revenue-generating and research-driven drone data collection for the growing season in western and eastern Canada as it continues to build an on-demand, enterprise data collection network … Continued
Unmanned aerial vehicle technology has advanced to the point that an RTK-equipped drone with elevation accuracy of plus or minus five centimetres can find the best route for water across a field.