The use of aerial surveying using unmanned aerial vehicles, known as UAVs or Drones, is anticipated to grow strongly within the the UK quarrying, aggregates and waste management sectors.
Technology Company KaarbonTech have completed their first aerial survey of a UK waste management site.
A recent example is company KaarbonTech who were commissioned by APR Services, on behalf of a client, to conduct an aerial survey verifying the volume of waste at a landfill site in Kent. Accuracy was essential as the data was destined for submission to the Environment Agency.
KaarbonTech pilots are fully qualified and operate within flight guidelines approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The survey process is quick and non-disruptive to the function of the site.
Pilots establish a mobile hub from which to remotely pilot the SenseFly eBee aircraft. High accuracy GPS is used to plot key reference points across the survey site. The team then fly the aircraft in a precise grid pattern to cover all of the designated area. The aircraft carries a high resolution camera (16Mp) which captures a photo every 3-4 seconds.
Andy Bradford, Survey Director for APR Services, who commissioned the survey said:
“We compared the accuracy of the data set provided by KaarbonTech and were pleased that the results were comparable with traditional methods of surveying. The speed of the service allowed us to provide a quicker solution for the site owner with the added benefit of high resolution aerial imagery.”
Mark Entwistle, Managing Director of KaarbonTech said:
“The adaptability and accuracy of aerial surveying using unmanned aerial vehicles is proving of commercial interest to the aggregates, quarrying and waste management sectors.”
Traditional ground based methods of surveying remain of value but are likely to be increasingly complemented if not replaced by maturing aerial technology.