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Kerstin Shoreline

Drone Girl’s Coastal Article Published Locally


QuestUAV DroneGirl's Study Reaches Regional News


 

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Kerstin with the Article

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Kerstin is a QuestUAV DroneGirl

The results of a four-year study into coastal erosion, by Kerstin Traut, on a Northumberland Coastline has been published in the Northumberland Gazette.

The study has become part of a shoreline management plan for the county to help the county manage risks in a sustainable way.

QuestUAV’s owner and CEO, Nigel King, says drones have a valuable role in recording and assessing change in many areas, and coastal erosion is just one.

The study, using high accuracy global positioning (GPS) of hundreds of scientific images, has not only highlighted the degradation on parts of the coastline but actually managed to quantify the loss in volumetric tonnes using advanced aerial techniques.

Kerstin Traut is an international Drone Operator for QuestUAV and has commanded commercial drone missions across the globe. Her work as a QuestUAV DroneGirl has reached audiences the world over.   Kerstin has a degree in Remote Sensing from East Germany’s Jena University and has worked with QuestUAV for three years.

To read the study click here.

To read more on Kerstin and QuestUAV Team click here.

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QuestUAV DroneGirls React To Sexist Complaint


QuestUAV DroneGirls React to "Sexist" Comments


 

 

Jo Harris, DroneGirl

Jo Harris, QuestUAV DroneGirl

 

Jo Harris, female marketing consultant at QuestUAV wrote an article entitled “Drone Boys vs Drone Girls” on 21 Feb 2017.

SuasNews received a complaint following the publishing of the article complaining that the article was “flagrantly sexist, male-centric and benighted”.

The complainant went on the say “You owe your readers, both female and male, an apology for posting such a degrading article.”

The following is a statement from QuestUAV director Nigel King, defending the author of the original article “Drone Boys vs Drone Girls”.

 

 

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Kerstin... "It was an ironic piece phrased in an unassuming way to show women's presence in the drone world."

Kerstin QuestUAV DroneGirl

DroneGirls Kerstin and Carla on PPK trials

DroneGirl Jess

DroneGirl Jess and Her Dad

 


Comment By Nigel King.  QuestUAV Director 

 

“Jo Harris, my marketing publicist, is a DroneGirl through and through, having been in the industry for five years now.

She was itching to write a piece on one of her favourite subjects; That woman have as much a right to a role in the drone world as anyone. (And by process of deduction that simply means as much as any man!).  

I gave her my blessing. And then hid under the desk….

Now we have a saying here in the North of England. Jo Harris “isn’t backward in coming forward”. It means she is pretty outspoken. Most DroneGirls are.

In fact let me tell you a little about my female staff in general…… the “DroneGirls” of QuestUAV.

Kerstin Traut, international drone operative, the smallest of my DroneGirls, can throw me to the ground quicker than anyone I know. Donna can organise accounts better than a Ninja warrior can dispatch enemy heads. Heather is fearless, loves her bright red lipstick and tells me I don’t work hard enough. Actually so does Jess, my grandaughter (part time worker).   Jo Harris looks after a family of five and still manages at least four days a week at work. Carla Taylor took one look at the picture of the guy that wrote the complaint and went “he’s cute’ and promptly sent a Linkedin invitation to him. Between them they do a hundred different jobs including, yes, drone stuff.

Don’t you love it that kind of variety and uniqueness? I do! Life wouldn’t be the same around here.

So, who was to know that Jo and her DroneGirl colleagues, in all their feminine uniqueness, would be then hailed as (I quote)

“Flagrantly sexist, male-centric and benighted”, degrading their own feminine uniqueness in a  “demeaning”, “sexual” and “callow” way.

For real? Having read the complaint, the members of the pink flight-line naturally looked at each other with that “very confused” look. And then took great interest in the writer of the complaint… Believe me, it’s a dangerous situation for a bloke to be in the middle of.

Their accuser is, it seems, a MALE drone business owner, unable to identify Jo’s sense of humour OR identity as a the DroneGirl who penned the article (Two pictures of her were in the article).

When I asked Jo for a statement on the validity of the complaint Jo said in typical Jo Harris simplicity….

“Idiot”.

 

 

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DroneGirls Heather, Carla and Jo

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Our Pink DATAhawk, icon of the QuestUAV DroneGirls

 

The complainant has since requested to withhold his complaint from being published but has demanded an apology from SUAS news on behalf of the rest of the world.

Well, truly, to anyone who has been offended (only one that we can make out so far) we offer our genuine apologies. There is no offence made at all. We hope that any reader can read between the lines of humour to the real message that each DroneGirl is a professional and rightly treated (and paid) as such.

My message to Mr Fox is;   “Do you really want to take these DroneGirls own self expression and competence out of their own hands and protect them with some faux grandeur that you want to call anti-feminisim? If so I suggest you go and find a woman who doesn’t want to have a door opened for her and then don’t open the door for her. Just don’t try it on here. It’s not welcome.”

Kerstin, DroneGirl, also had something piercing to say.

“I’ve travelled the world, operating complex UAVs all over the world and done missions that Luke probably cant even dream about. I’m not an arrogant person. I know about my knowledge and my skills and therefore this article isn’t sexist at all. I feel like I am a professional UAV operator and this article was just an interesting way to show our take on DroneGirls in the industry. It was an ironic piece phrased in an unassuming way to show our presence in the drone world.”

 

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Grande Cote Complete Manufacturers Training


Grande Cote Complete Manufacturers Training


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Papa Mamadou came from Senegal on a mission to learn how to operate the QuestUAV Surveyor Pro on his Grand Cote mines. A great character, full of smiles and fun, he braved the roughest of English weather and Storm Doris to complete his training with us.  

Some quotes from him both in English and his native French tongue.  

“Wonderful good great I enjoyed my time"

"Javoue vraiment davoir passer d’excellent monments avec l’equipe QUESTUAV. Cetait une occasion pour moi de decouvrir northumberland et decouvrir aussi lhospitalite anglaise. Du professionalisme et de lexcellence chez Quest UAV et lhistoire ne fait que commencer sachant que nous avons un grand chemin a parcourrir ensemble.”-Papa

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Drone Boys vs Drone Girls


Drone Boys vs Drone Girls   


 

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Kaz Operator During Training, Kazakstan

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Female QuestUAV Pilots, Philipinnes

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Pink QuestUAV DATAhawk

QuestUAV Drone Girls

Heather Ainsworth (left), Carla Taylor (Centre), Jo Harris (Right)

Drone Girls Collage

by Jo Harris, DroneGirl, QuestUAV

The face of the Drone industry is changing. Girl power is taking an increasingly important role in the Drone industry. And not before time.

It has long been proven that women have skill sets in engineering, training and project management that more than complement their male counterparts.

Enter Drone Girl. A new breed and welcome force in the rapidly changing fashions of the Drone industry.

As a male driven hobby, given the focussed engineering that goes into the build of a drone or UAV, it’s not surprising that men were historically at the forefront of the game. But as the Drone Industry has flourished its not surprising that girls have decided it is their frontier too.

At QuestUAV we have a team of 20 people, almost a third of whom are women. Two of our staff are truly “Drone Girls” and fulfil roles on the flight team itself.

Kerstin Traut is our Geoinfomatics and Remote Sensing Specialist and UAV Operator. She is often complemented on the fact that a mission runs smoother when she is on the team, it is better organised and more productive. And more fun! She has carried out missions in Germany, UK, Philippines, Thailand, Cyprus and Indonesia.

Carla Taylor who comes from our Sales Team has recently carried out her Flight Commander training and joined our flight team on a recent demo in the USA. She found that being a woman on the flight team created positive dynamics, particularly on the States. Of course an English Accent helped.

Jo Harris and Heather Ainsworth are on QuestUAV’s Marketing Team and keep up to date on daily drone news. Jo comes from a Multirotor background and has a thirst for drone technology and enjoys reading up on new developments, which she applies to the formation and editing of QuestUAV’s news articles. Heather has spent quite a bit of time with both our social media followers externally and our research, development and production teams internally – as a result she is one of our more fluent members of staff when it comes to our drone technical specifications.

Throughout the drone industry more women are getting involved, SheFlies in Australia are becoming a big hit and even launching demo and training days in Australia and New Zealand. QuestUAV are followed by many female pilots around the world and they are finding out first hand that our product is designed to be easy-to-use – something the male pilots have been keeping to themselves when showing off their mission prowess.

Already the QuestUAV product is being flown by several female clients who have attended training at our UK based flight school. A fixed wing drone package is a leading solution in the Mining, Surveying and Agricultural sectors. For those who look to benefit from the survey outputs without the expense of managing their own flight teams, QuestUAV offer Industrial Services as well as sales of the product.

Links to Drone Girls websites:

Drone Girls http://thedronegirl.com/

She Flies http://www.sheflies.com.au/

Woman and Drones http://womenanddrones.com/

The Helicopter Girls http://thehelicoptergirls.com/

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QuestUAV Releases New High Performance (HP) Wings for DATAhawk


QuestUAV Releases New High Performance (HP) Wings for DATAhawk


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DATAhawk HP Wings

With an increase in surface area of around 22%, out new HP wings are having a significant boost for users where high altitude and/or turbulence are key factors to overcome. The image shows the new (HP) wings in black and the standard wings in grey.

The wings are a straightforward retro-fit with no changes required to the standard DATAhawk.

The wings increase the ceiling of the DATAhawk to 10000ft and beyond and have the effect of reducing the stall speed; a benefit in turbulent conditions. The wings also improve launch capability in light winds.

For more details including pricing contact sales@questUAV.com.

 

 


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Mining Drone Orthomosaic (left) and DSM (right.) of a section of the leach pad. DSM is overlaid with 5m contour lines.

FIXED WING SURVEY DRONES IMPROVE WORKER SAFETY AND EFFICIENCY AT MINING SITES


A QuestUAV Case Study from Kazakhstan


INTRODUCTION

Mine operators know that safety precautions are of utmost importance in the daily routine at a mining site. Conventional surveying methods involved considerable effort and resources on the ground.

Starting with electronic tachometers and later with ground GPS, surveyors have had to enter high-risk areas on the ground and spend considerable time to finish a survey. Some of the most acidic areas cannot even be entered as the risk to health and safety is too high. When compared with conventional ground surveying, it has been proven that the use of drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for surveying immensely reduces the exposure to risk for surface workers involved on site.

 

Aerial Survey with QuestUAV 200 Surveyor drone (left) vs. ground survey with a total station (right).

Instead of walking a mining site with ground equipment, areas of whatever risks involved are surveyed by flying over the site. UAV surveys can be done in a fraction of the time of a ground survey and generally provide higher accuracies. Surveying projects that usually take weeks with conventional surveying methods can now be completed in just a few hours. Hence, UAV technology minimizes risks while reducing costs and boosting productivity.


TEAM QUEST IN KAZAKHSTAN


This autumn TEAMQuest was called by KAZ Minerals to help raise safety and efficiency to a higher level than ever before at one of the biggest open-pit mines in eastern Kazakhstan. Two local teams (8 people) went through an extensive two weeks training program on professional flight operations and aerial open-pit surveying with a QuestUAV 200 Surveyor. Following training by QuestUAV, both teams now fly the two Q-200 Surveyors on a daily basis with the following objectives:

View of the mining site (leach pad)

 

  • To monitor mine status
  • To monitor & plan pit and leach pad progress
  • To map & plan infrastructure (roads, buildings)
  • To monitor the perimeter security fence
  • To estimate stock pile volumes
  • To monitor & plan site rehabilitation

KAZ Minerals is focused on copper mining, producing both copper cathode from oxide ore and copper in concentrate. The pit development started in early 2013 supported by extensive surveys on the ground. It is predicted that the mine will become the biggest mining operation in Kazakhstan within the next three years. A crucial part of KAZ Minerals strategy for a safe and efficient pit development is to replace conventional survey methods with latest UAV technology. KAZ Minerals decided to go with QuestUAV as we provide a robust and stable system for difficult environments, high quality sensors and ongoing support for the flight operations.

 


EQUIPMENT AND DATA ACQUISITION


Since September 2016 KAZ Minerals have surveyed their mining sites and expansion areas on a daily basis with two QuestUAV 200 Surveyors. The QuestUAV Surveyor carries a Sony A6000 camera with a 16mm wide-angle lens providing image data down to 2.9cm GSD at 400ft. The images are the basis for 3D models, topographic site maps, infrastructure maps, pit volume estimations as well as maps for security and surveillance. Geospatial accuracy (cm-level) is achieved by combining image data with a combination of permanent and temporal Ground Control Points (GCPs) distributed over the mining site.

Bungee launch of the QuestUAV 200 Surveyor

Generally, the Q-200 Surveyor has been designed to complete high-quality aerial surveys in the quickest way possible in any environments ranging from desert and tropic to glacial and Arctic/Antarctic. The automatic camera trigger and the gimballed camera system allow to take pin sharp pictures even at high wind speeds of up to 55 km/h.

The Q-200 Surveyor is launched with a bungee launch line and is either landed via parachute or belly landing. The latest version of the Q-200 Surveyor comes with a Post-Processing-Kinematic (PPK) option, which provides high mapping accuracies down to 3cm without the need of physical ground control points.

 


APPLICATIONS


Daily flight missions have become an essential part of the KAZ Minerals site planning and mine development. The work of the flight team forms the basis for all further work in developing the mineral resources - distributing information to engineers, planners and geologists. Aerial measurements are used to develop and display the plans, maps and profiles required for mining and exploration. Three of the major applications are explained in the following sections.

 


MINE STATUS


The basic application of the survey results is to provide a general overview of the status of the mine. Orthomosaic, Digital Surface Model (DSM) and 3D point clouds are used to keep the KAZ Minerals management up to date about recent developments in the open-pit and the leach pad. The figure below shows sections of the orthomosaic illustrating the level of detail gained from QuestUAV data.

 

Sections of the orthomosaic of the open pit.

SITE DEVELOPEMENT


Orthomosaic and DSM are the basis for an in-depth topographic analysis of the development of the mining site. Valuable information can be extracted from orthomosaic and DSM, such as infrastructure maps (roads, buildings), water bodies, contour lines, the flow of water, risk maps etc. These datasets in combination with expert knowledge of mining personnel are used for the development of intelligent management plans for the development of the mine.

 

Orthomosaic (left) and DSM (right.) of a section of the leach pad. DSM is overlaid with 5m contour lines.

VOLUME ESTIMATIONS


UAV based measurements are the fastest and easiest way to measure stockpile volumes. Photogrammetric software, such as Pix4Dmapper or Agisoft Photoscan allows to automatically calculate volumes on the basis of aerial imagery. KAZ Minerals has proven that UAV based measurements are not only faster, geodetic accuracies are even higher when measurements are taken from a UAV.

 

3D Model of a stock pile (left) and pile definition for volume calculation (right);red:volume;green:base area.
volume calculations

Volume calculations are performed on the basis of the Digital Surface Model (DSM). The difference between the base elevation of a pile (green) and the pile elevation (red) is the Cut Volume – when the terrain is higher than the base. Fill volume is the volume between the base and the terrain when the terrain is lower than the base. The Total Volume is the sum of Cut Volume and Fill Volume.

 


CLIENT ASSESSMENT


KAZ Minerals stated that the QuestUAV system greatly improved the surveying work at the mining site in terms of:

  • Improved worker safety
  • Higher efficiency
  • Increased site development productivity
  • Higher accuracies of the geodetic work

Nowadays UAV surveys are the basis for all further work related to developing the KAZ Minerals mining site, including engineers, planners and geologists.


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QuestUAV and Toru Tokushige – Founder & CEO of Terra Drone

TerraDrone Corporation and QuestUAV strike up a strategic partnership providing highly accurate large scale surveying services as well as Reseller presence in Japan


Terra Drone Corporation and QuestUAV Strike Up a Strategic Partnership


QuestUAV and Toru Tokushige – Founder & CEO of Terra Drone

Ruairi Hardman (L) Toru Tokushige (M) & Nigel King (R)

In January 2017, Terra Drone Corporation signed a strategic alliance with British fixed-wing drone developer QuestUAV. In the future, Terra Drone will conduct surveying services using QuestUAV's fixed-wing aircraft, sales of the airframe itself and joint development of new aircraft. The QuestUAV products enable photogrammetric surveying with higher precision than competitors' aircraft, and they can be used for large-scale development - such as dams and mega solar.


Features of a QuestUAV Aircraft


  • A large loading capacity (payload), with gimbal mounted cameras for taking high-resolution and high-quality photographs.
  • Aircraft has the stability to work in windy environments.
  • Safe and easy operation by using installed parachute at landing.
  • Terra Drone Corporation.
  • TDC perform laser photogrammetry using drones – creating high-precision three-dimensional drawings in a quick and efficient way, for soil volume estimation. This service aids efficient project management of ongoing construction work. They have an extensive track record with over 300 commissions and orders from major contractors and construction equipment makers.

Terra Drone is part of the Terra Group Companies who manufacture and sell Rickshaws, Electric Motorcycles and Tricycles in Asia, whilst boasting an 85% export sales rate – Terra Motors Co., Ltd sells over 30,000 a year.


 

“We have adopted QuestUAV product as a service, and have concluded a strategic alliance including aircraft sales and development in Japan. Compared to competitive fixed-wing aircraft, the performance of the on-board camera and the stability of the aircraft are improved, enabling more accurate surveying. In addition to surveying service offering and airframe sales, we will continue to develop jointly for further improvement of airframes.” 

Toru Tokushige

Founder & CEO of Terra Drones
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Coastal Imagery

QuestUAV Drones – Reliable and Accurate Tools for Coastal Monitoring


QuestUAV Drones - Reliable and Accurate Tools for Coastal Monitoring


A Case Study on Long-Term Erosion Mapping in Northeast England

The Urgency to Measure Coastal Erosion

Protecting coasts from erosion is a global mission.In the UK alone, the British Geological Survey states that across England and Wales 113 000 residential properties, 9000 commercial properties and 5000 hectares of agricultural land are within areas potentially at risk of coastal erosion.

Mitigating the effects of climate change requires coastal protection studies and coastal protection measures. As every planner knows, though, this increases the burden of allocating ever-reducing financial resources.

Accurate studies of the changes, gleaned from historical studies, combined with best practice from current studies and environmental factors allow the most effective and efficient decisions to be taken in coastal protection anywhere in the world.

Sea Erosion

Left: QuestUAV 100 DATAhawk ready to fly. Right: Flood waves in Amble (13 January 2017).

Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are a great asset for monitoring the stability of a coastline and for carrying out a rapid initial survey after a storm event.

UAVs can quickly survey potentially difficult and dangerous large sites with a very high level of detail.

Erosion monitoring, assessing cliff stability, monitoring coastal vegetation and changes in land volume or coastline state are only a few examples of the applications of UAVs in coastal areas.


QuestUAV’s Special Relation to Coastal Applications


QuestUAV has always had a special interest in using drones for coastal applications. Our company is located in a port town in North-East England on the shore of the North Sea.

The conditions in which our UAVs have to perform are challenging, but have greatly helped create one of the most stable fixed-wing UAV platform on the market.

High Spatial Accuracy and Gimballed Sensors

QuestUAV airframe design and sensor gimbals ensure data quality even in turbulent conditions with wind speeds up to 65 km/h.

Latest PPK (Post Processing Kinematic) technology on board QuestUAV drones allows survey mapping of an area down to 2cm spatial accuracy without the need of Ground Control Points (GCPs).

GCPs are normally not easy to place along the cliffs and dunes of a coastline, so the use of our PPK technology makes surveying quicker and less expensive.

Coastal Erosion Comparison 3

Sea colour mapping along Druridge Bay, England. Art project at Elie Beach, Scotland. Rock survey at Hauxley, England.

Our UAVs have been used for a variety of coastal surveys across the world, such as:

 
  • Rapid pre- and post-storm assessment to quantify forecasted storm impacts
  • Large industry environmental monitoring: nuclear power stations / mining sites
  • Coastal property monitoring (insurance)
  • Monitoring coastal sand digging activities (cement)
  • Habitat monitoring / sea colour surveys
  • Breakwater inspections
  • Geological cliff and rock surveys / baseline surveys

QuestUAV is keeping an eye on the local coast

The Northumberland coastline is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and conservation area due to its significant landscape and wildlife values.

QuestUAV started monitoring the local coast of Northumberland between Alnmouth and Cresswell back in 2008.

Since 2008 the local coast has been hit by two exceptionally strong flood events - one in November 2013 and one recently on the 13th of January 2017.

Immediately after the latest storm a QuestUAV crew flew the local coast, assessing the impact of the floods on the basis of the long-term image series. Our workflow involves a correlation of information from historic sources, satellite imagery and 3d-modelling.

Coastal View

We concentrated our survey on the less protected dune land, especially to see how much property owners have lost from erosion.

Our crew flew the site with a Q-200 PPK drone which has the great advantage of surveying an area with centimetre-level accuracy without the need for GCPs. The UAV provides images with a spatial resolution of 2.9cm at 400ft.

Coastal Erosion Comparison

Left: Orthomosaic of the survey site (January 2017). Right: Zoom sections of orthomosaics of different years.

Time-Series to Detect Storm Impacts

The figure below shows a picture of a dune property before (September 2016) and after the latest flood (January 2017). (Note that we show only a representative section of a much larger survey area).

The time series shows that the latest flood changed the frontline of the dunes by 1 – 2 metres. Rocks and previous coastal erosion measures became exposed. Large volumes of sand and grass were removed and slumps occurred within hours of high tides.

Coastal Erosion Comparison 2

Coastline development 2013-2017 at the Low Hauxley coast: QuestUAV image time series.

Our calculations show that approximately 850 tonnes of dune and dunefoot was lost along an 80 metre stretch of coastline and the high water mark receded by up to 2.2 metres at the most critical point. The expected slumps that will happen as a result of erosion at the toe are expected to carry a further 300 tonne loss within 12 months.

Coastal Erosion Example

Coastal Erosion at Low Hauxley coast.

To see the long-term development of the coastline we also included a flight from January 2013 in our analysis.

The good news is that the coastline recovers over time!

The storm event in November 2013 had comparable impact as the latest flood. Fortunately, sand, stones and organic matter deposits along existing structures and the coastline recovers over the years.

As long as the big storms do not increase in frequency, we do not see the local coast particularly endangered by coastal erosion. We will stay alert though.


Summary


Climate change can cause unpredictable events and it is more important than ever to keep an eye on the development of the coastline.

Drones will continue to take an ever increasing role in the monitoring and assessment of coastal erosion and assist in effective decision making for local planners and environmental bodies.

QuestUAV endeavours to build drones which are able to fly in harsh and difficult environments. The conditions we have to test our UAVs in help us create the most stable fixed-wing UAV platform on the market.

Our drones are flown across the world and clients count on the stability of the system, especially in difficult conditions as it is often the case in coastal regions.

We also provide the workflows that allow accurate mapping and timely interpretation of processed results.


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The British Geological Survey (BGS) Showcase DATAhawk at the Rushlight Show 2017


The British Geological Survey (BGS) Showcase DATAhawk at the Rushlight Show 2017


 

The British Geological Survey (BGS) attended the Rushlight Show 2017 in London on 25th January to exhibit the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) gas monitoring system for the energy sector. 

The prototype system is the product of a project examining the technical feasibility of using small unmanned aerial vehicles to detect and monitor methane, incorporating novel technology development. 

The project is based on a collaboration with QuestUAV Ltd. and co-funded by an early stage Energy Catalyst grant from Innovate UK.

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BGS DATAhawk
BGS Expo

Datahawk with Gas Sensor on Show (L) and BGS Stand (R)


 

BGS had with them a Datahawk aircraft to show at the exhibition – this is a similar craft to what they use to carry out their monitoring surveys. Visitors to the event could see and feel the drone and discuss the technical applications and capability of the UAV gas monitoring system.  Questions asked were how accurate is the GPS on the UAV? 

“Is the modelling of methane done in real time? ”

“Does the drone carry a camera as well as the sensor? ”

“Could it also measure for carbon dioxide or hydrogen? ”

“How long can it fly for? ”


Interested exhibition attendees took a flyer which explained the project progress, rationale and the advantages of the new system versus current gas monitoring systems together with the system capabilities. It is expected that data from the UAV gas monitoring system will help to demonstrate that either there are no fugitive gas emissions or help to pinpoint and quantify gases in the atmosphere.

BGS continue to use Quests Q200 Surveyor drone for mapping and surveys.  They have recently placed another order for a second unit with thermal capability to use in the field.


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AGNAV SHOWCASING THE QUESTUAV DATAHAWK AT THE NAAA CONFERENCE, CALIFORNIA, USA


AgNav Showcasing the QuestUAV DATAhawk at NAAA Conference


 

AgNav attended the NAAA Conference in Long Beach, California at the end of 2016, in part, to launch its new line of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) outfitted with various kinds of sensors. At this conference, they showed off the UAV line, including the QuestUAV DATAhawk, the QuestUAV Surveyor Pro and the Agri Pro V2-1 – which form the main part of the market in North America and beyond.

Visitors at the conference were thrilled to see a Drone on display and the QuestUAV DATAhawk was shown prominently at the booth.


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Q-100 DATAhawk on Show

"The drone itself actually captured more floor traffic, so it is definitely an asset to our product line." - AgNav

 

Applications that users wanted to perform with the UAV included both photo imagery and NDVI imagery for crop health. There was also the usual question about price. In terms of price, the system was billed as a mid-range solution but unique because of the different payloads that can be carried and the quality of the system. The very convenient means of launch and the system's sleek profile were other highlights indicated by visitors as being of interest.


Results


Visitors were given a brochure that identified how users can make money through various kinds of services such as the following:

  1. Crop Security: Some crops are particularly valuable and people will steal them. A UAV solution may prove ideal for flying without detection and warning the authorities as to the presence of unwanted visitors.
  2. Agriculture: The NDVI indicator is a valuable component for users seeking to make additional money from their planes. A UAV solution may prove ideal for this purpose - not particularly expensive and costs can be rcovered from the first year of operations.
  3. "Insurers: Insurers are responsible for providing coveage in the event of spray mishaps, such as spraying over houses or on pets or livestock. A photo of the affected site will allow the insurer to honour claims made by individual farmers or persons affected by spray fly-overs.

 


Summary


This was essentially the first or initial launch of AgNav's UAV offering in conjunction with QuestUAV. The QuestUAV DATAhawk on display at the conference attracted as many as 30 individuals, with a sale being prepared as a result.

Interest in NDVI was also particularly high compared to standard imagery, with users less sure how photos can be used to make money as a service offering in place of NDVI.


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