Aerial photography and mapping

Marine Bio-images are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer aerial photography and mapping using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as part of our overall package of environmental services.

Marine Bio-images services, aerial mapping. www.marine-bio-images.com Hexacopter equipped with stills camera in operation. www.marine-bio-images.com

Hexacopter equipped with stills camera in operation

It is now possible to carry out photographic surveying very cost effectively using remote controlled multi-rotor UAVs as camera platforms. A 6-rotor UAV (Hexacopter) is shown above.

Typically, a surveying ‘mission’ would be flown autonomously, the UAV being pre-programmed with a series of waypoints at each of which a digital photograph would be taken. At the end of the mission the digital images would be downloaded and processed according to the particular project needs.

Examples of the type of survey conducted.

A recent survey was carried out on a a river estuary mussel bed, encompassing about 3 Hectares at an altitude of 65 Meters.  The actual data collection was completed in a flying time of about 5 minutes.  This yielded images with a ground resolution of 1 cm. A sample enhanced colour image fraction is shown here and shows a narrow diagonal strip of mussels on exposed sand with water to the top and right with a couple of seagulls in attendance

UAV hexacopter surveys. A small crop of a photographic still collected during a recent survey, showing mussel distribution along a small spit of sand. www.marine-bio-images.com

A small crop of a photographic still collected during a recent survey, showing mussel distribution along a small spit of sand.

If you would like to know more about our remote and unmanned camera systems, or discuss your survey requirements, please email marine bio-images or call +44 (0)7926478199+44 (0)7926478199.

Marine Bio-images are based in Exeter, Devon, UK. We are available to undertake marine environmental surveys locally and world-wide; recent contracts have included marine environmental surveys in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Hampshire, and further afield in Scotland, Italy, Black Sea Bulgaria, UAE and Libya.

 

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