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Q-200 Water Resources Management

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QuestUAV Q-200 Water Resources UAV Package


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 Water Resource Management UAV Package 

Water Resources Management (WRM) requires many difficult tasks to be undertaken such a monitoring soil erosion, water balance, recharge, flood, drought, water leaks, water quality, crop water, soil moisture, runoff, invasive species, wetlands, reservoir content.etc.

As a result, QuestUAV has been part of a TSB funded scientific study to ascertain where a fixed wing drones can assist managers to undertake this kind of work, but at a finer scale and with greater immediacy than other methods such as satellite data and conventional aerial photography. Successes from this project are now being commercialised and made available to resource managers across the globe.

Why Choose the WRM Package?


System Features

Q200 in Flight

Rugged, Proven Fixed Wing Drone. The WRM is based on the highly acclaimed QuestUAV Q-200 and capable of carrying multiple sensors.  This system will quickly become a workhorse for data collection for any Water Resources management team.

Whole Package. A WRM package comprises everything needed to be operational with one of out fixed wing drones. Rugged box, cameras, laptop, spares, manuals and checklists. Even a windmeter is included. 

Large Area Coverage. The  system will allow large areas of up to 400ha to be covered in one flight – a considerable advantage when dealing with large uplands.

Rapid Hydrology Models. The camera motion has been optimised for Computer Vision analysis (see Photoscan and Pix4D) and is excellent for creating hydrological models and monitoring the progress and efficacy of peatland restoration.

Interchangeable Sensors. The equipment is based on the QuestUAV Q-Pod system, with its interchangeable payload bays and mixed sensor capability. One airframe will accept up to twelve different types of payloads including multispectral, infrared and hyperspectral cameras.

More. With fully autonomous flight the UAV will automatically cover the required area, ending in a simple and safe parachute landing. The system has a degree of water resistance, making it safe in the event of a wet landing.




Water Resource Dataset

Orthomosaic Generation. Solutions are generally based on the construction of georeferenced orthomosaics and digital elevation models that can be easily pulled into WRM software packages.

Single Point Classification. Single images and video can easily be analysed on a laptop immediately after flight for immediate, on-site, action.

Workflows. Detailed survey experience and best management practice have allowed us to provide the most efficient workflows for WRM.

NDVI. Vegetation analysis uses the same methodology above but takes it one step further to provide a data layer based on the NDVI calculation.

Thermal. Thermal analysis is best done from video imagery using our radiometric solution. However, a series of temperature data snapshots can be used to produce a mosaic in a GIS package such as ARCGIS.


Q200 Water Resource

Training. It is essential that appropriate training is received in order to operate this equipment and achieve high-quality data analysis. QuestUAV, therefore, provides the option of a number of training phases:

Manufacturer training - A 3-day course at our training grounds in Northumberland, UK. This is intensive, hands-on training that includes flying preparation, flying, maintenance, Air Law, flight planning and basic post processing. The training concludes with a flight test, the issue of certificates and the signing of logbooks.

Water Company Onsite Training - This takes place where the host water company will be expecting to base the UAV crew and equipment. A training field will be setup up and general operations and maintenance facilities will be established. Some flying will be conducted, some post processing will be completed, but the main objective is to have the crew, and the larger team, operating a UAV competently and safely in a water company environment.

Ongoing Training - It is not unusual that crews forget some of their training, or may experience a month or more delay between training and making their first flights. We, therefore, offer Ongoing Training as single UAV training days and this may be booked by you or offered by us as part of your ongoing support.

UAV Services


UAV Branding

All our UAVs can come specifically branded to your companies requirements with no additional cost. We treat each of our customers as individuals and understand that the small details are just as important as the big ones!

Our design team will walk you through this process to ensure your company branding, logo and colours are in place to add this extra dimension of professionalism.


Software Upgrade

Once your mission has been completed and your data have been collected, the next step is to process this data to acquire the information you require to make the all important decisions. Upgrade your package with industry standard leading Pix4Dmapper software to generate high resolution referenced, survey-grade accurate orthomosaics, DSMs and Point clouds in a few clicks. The fully automated workflow enables a non-specialist to process thousands of aerial images on a desktop computer to produce professional class photogrammetric data.

High Accuracy Sensing Capabilities

The sensor is the heart of your UAV and depending on which sensor you choose will determine what data you UAV is capable of collecting.

Survey large areas of land in high detail with our QuestUAV Q-200 Water Resources Management drone. At the heart of the UAV sits the Sony A6000 visible (RGB) sensor which captures high definition geo-referenced images which are suitable for post analysis of the survey area.

The Sony A6000 captures the finest detail with the DSLR-sized 24.3 effective megapixel APS-C sensor. Using the 16mm wide angle lens we are able to capture data down to 2.9cm GSD resolution at 400ft. The A6000 is equipped with an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor usually found inside a DSLR to ensure an extremely fast performance, sharp image quality and low noise images, even in low-light conditions.

The sensor is triggered automatically by the autopilot through an infra red sensor. This means that there is no modification to the camera ensuring that replacements are at regular prices rather than highly inflated OEM prices.

When the mission has finished all images and their corresponding coordinates cab be inputted into our modelling software (upgrade option) where 2D orthomosaics, 3D surface models and point clouds can be generated.