RGB Land Survey of Ilkley Moor using 8000+ Images to create 650 hectare pointcloud and ortho image
QuestUAV Ltd was commissioned jointly by Friends of Ilkley Moor and Bradford Council Countryside Service to undertake an orthographic survey of the Ilkley Moors in the UK. The area of the Moor was approximately 650 hectare survey and QuestUAV used one of their Datahawk PPK fixed wing drones, equipped with a Sony RX100 RGB.
In ideal flying conditions and taking 11 hours to complete, the drone criss-crossed the moor 80 times covering almost 100 miles and taking over 8,000 overlapping digital photographs. QuestUAVs Pilots said that the moor was the largest area they had ever flown in a single day. The photos will be ‘stitched’ together to make both full vertical and 3D images of the moor.
Commissioned and funded jointly by Friends of Ilkley Moor and Bradford Council Countryside Service the survey is part of the Heritage Lottery funded Big Ilkley Moor Survey managed by the Friends of Ilkley Moor.
Ian Condliffe of the Friends said that the photography will help create a baseline map of main habitats and vegetation types on the moor, focussing particularly on the wetter areas. He added: “The high resolution of the photos and digital technology available these days will allow us to look at the photos using different light wavebands which will help identify and map the many smaller watercourses and footpaths on the moor. We also hope that computer software will enable young trees to be identified, mapped and counted automatically so that we can monitor what appears to be a growing number of trees on the moor’s lower slopes.”
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Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) state in their latest report - Skies Without Limits; “that drones are becoming an increasingly familiar aspect of life and work in the UK today.” It's a view that QuestUAV shares and it's no surprise that we have already carried out work alongside PwC using our small fixed wing drones. The gates are open to future business opportunities together.
QuestUAV can rapidly provide absolute and verified accuracies of up to 3cm on large sites where traditional survey methods take much longer.
The economic impact for the UK economy with such tools is significant and in "Skies Without Limits" it is conservatively estimated that £16bn in net cost savings can be made by the UK economy by 2030.
PwC refers to the Fourth Industrial Revolution as the epoch we live in, with its accelerated innovations that help address some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
QuestUAV is working in partnership with Droneflight to bring a wider scope of drone capability including rotary (multirotor) to the PwC collaboration.
QuestUAV DATAhawk is part of a popular exhibition in the North East
The Great Exhibition of the North 2018 starts next month. The Exhibition is a three-month celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit and the impact of our inventors, artists and designers. QuestUAV are invited to display the DATAhawk as part of the exhibition. This can be viewed at the Hancock Museum from 22nd June – 9th September 2018. QuestUAV are honored to be chosen as an influential manufacturer in the North East. Find out more about the Exhibition here.
Great Exhibition of the North is a free, summer-long celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit.
The country’s biggest event in 2018, it will pack a programme of amazing exhibits, live performances, displays of innovation, new artworks and unforgettable experiences into 80 days.
There are three starting points to our Exhibition. These hubs are connected by three trails. Each hub will host its own programme of experiences.
We attended the GEO Business 2018 Exhibition this week at The Design Centre in London. We got to meet lots of interesting people and enjoyed sharing the event with our host Septentrio.
About the GEO Business Show
Showcasing 200 of the world’s leading suppliers of geospatial technology and service providers. Visitors can meet face-to-face with exhibitors displaying the latest in the geospatial industry including GIS data capture, laser scanning, photogrammetry, UAV’s, remote sensing, GPS and satellite positioning, cartography GIS and mapping based applications, 3D modelling and visualisation and land, building, utility, rail, hydrographic surveying equipment and services.
The next GEO Business will take place on 21-22 May 2019. We hope that we will be able to see even more associates next year. To find out more about this please visit GEOBusiness Website.
An RGB land survey at the Port of Sunderland used 1400 images to create a 150 hectare pointcloud and ortho image.
QuestUAV Ltd was commissioned to undertake an orthographic survey for the Port of Sunderland in the UK. The 150 hectare survey used one of QuestUAV's Datahawk PPK fixed wing drones, equipped with a Sony RX100 RGB camera capable of a 3cm resolution at 400ft. The survey took one day to complete, including travel induction, risk assessment and setup of Trimble base station.
QuestUAV was chosen due to its ability to image relatively large areas of land in a short time and process to a high standard using professional techniques that can be verified using classical survey methods. The QuestUAV team of two CAA qualified pilots chose two different sites for launch and landing to keep the drone visible always.
When airborne, one pilot acts as remote drone controller and one acts as commander with laptop and telemetry communications, at all times the drone is kept in visual sight by at least one member of the team.
One geolocated high resolution image is taken automatically every 2 seconds by the drone. The total flight time was 1hour and fifteen minutes in which total of one thousand eight hundred images were taken of which one thousand four hundred were used for the survey.
The final processed results were given to our client three days after the completion of the flights. Post processing came next with the generation of a point cloud and ortho model. The resulting survey accuracy was within 5cm absolute accuracy, based on 12 check points from around the survey area.
QuestUAV has a professional survey team that has operated for ten years. The company also manufactures fixed wing drones for commercial survey use around the world.
After a quality inspection from the Ministry of Defence and The Defence Equipment and Support Agency, QuestUAV are now classified as TAA Compliant. What this means is that we have met all standards for RA1600: RPAS. We look forward to future work with the MOD and other government organisations.
About the MOD
They protect the security, independence and interests of our country at home and abroad. They work with our allies and partners whenever possible. Their aim is to ensure that the armed forces have the training, equipment and support necessary for their work, and that they keep within budget.
The episode with focus on the use of Drones in Search and Rescue. QuestUAV are also working with the Centre for Search and Rescue (CSR) and Northumberland NP MRT. This episode of Countryfile features QuestUAV’s primary pilot Stuart King acting as the drone operator.
QuestUAV joined the film crew from BBC Ones Countryfile along with Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team to showcase how drones can be implemented in a Search and Rescue mission.
Mountain Rescue Teams are considering Drones as a permanent tool as a classic search technique. Stuart King, QuestUAV’s General Manager is part of the Northumberland NP Mountain Rescue Team so already has a hands-on approach and can see the benefits of using drones for Rescue Missions. With a thermal kit on board the drone can detect heat rays from anyone that may be stuck on moors or mountains and will improve the mission quickly getting an exact location of people in need of rescue.
Anita Rani Hosts the show along with Matt Baker and John Craven. The episode will be aired on Sunday 6th May 2018 at 7pm. (BST). This can be viewed live or on catch up on the BBC iPlayer App. Make a note in your diary to tune in.
QuestUAV Closes Deal to Map World’s Largest Construction Project
Client comes all the way from Kazakhstan to hand pick his drone
QuestUAV welcomed Paul Reynolds of Aardvark LLP to their head office this week to hand pick his new drone fleet. Aardvark and QuestUAV are about to embark on mapping the world’s largest construction project in Kazakhstan.
QuestUAV already have a good connection with Kazakhstan after many years supplying drones and having a hands-on approach there in 2016 raising safety and efficiency for a copper mine working with Kazminerals.
Initially approaching QuestUAV for a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) to withstand extreme weather and handle temperatures below -24 degrees; a good relationship was already moulded with Aardvark LLP. Once finding out more about their project QuestUAV were more than happy to supply Aardvark with the most efficient fleet.
They have initially procured two Q200 Surveyor – Extreme Weather Packages to their extensive fleet including the popular PPK Package.
Aardvark recently completed their extensive manufacturers and UK CCA PfCO training at QuestUAV Flight School and are ready to start operating using their new drones in Kazakhstan.
Here is some brilliant footage of the QuestUAV Q200 Surveyor Pro out in Kazakhstan with Aardvark LLP.
QuestUAV is the longest running fixed wing manufacturer based in the UK. They Design, Build and Fly small fixed wing unmanned aircraft (sUAV) that carries sensors including high-resolution cameras, infrared, thermal, multispectral and video surveillance. Their network of clients spans across 6 continents and contains strong links with World-Leading Universities and Research institutions.
QuestUAV, the UK’s most established fixed-wing UAS developer, has applied its expertise to a new airframe model, the DATAHawk II. Two years in the making, this new high density moulded design brings improved performance and greatly reduced costs.
The key to its success has come from then listening carefully to what the customer wants, and blending that with the optimum arrangement of components and performance of the final product.
The biggest request we had was for lower prices. In order to achieve that, we needed to reduce our own manufacturing costs and this has meant big changes in the way we work. Our new business model is leaner and more efficient, meaning we can move cost savings on to the customer. Choosing to use a pre-cut moulded body for the DATAHawk II was always an option and working alongside DS Smith has proven to be a good partnership and a huge benefit to Quest and its Clients.
DS Smith produced a promotional video all about QuestUAV and how their services helped us move forward with our new business model. Check it out. We look forward to working them again very soon.
More details of the DATAHawk II will be available publicly soon. If you would like to know more about its affordable pricing please contact QuestUAV. firstname.lastname@example.org +44 1665 479042 or make an enquiry using our contact page.
Drone Industry Insights recently comprised a Top 20 of Drone Service Providers. In this ranking, they displayed the TOP 20 based on an analysis of 200+ global operating drone service providers. Since the drone industry does not yet offer a solution that can fully incorporate drone services as they currently exist, drone service providers and drone operators working within larger organizations are the ones providing actionable information for clients in agriculture, construction, mining, oil & gas and many other vertical industries.
Within the Top 20 list, there is a chunk of Quest UAV Clients using their Fixed Wing Drone. We hope that by the end of the year we can help our present and future clients all get into the top 20 of service providers. Let QuestUAV help your company get into the Top 20 and become one of the top companies.