Richard McShane - White Knight Unmanned Aerial Systems - UAV’s in Environmental management


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Richard McShane, White Knight Unmanned Aerial Systems delivered the presentation at the 2014 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in the Resources Industry.

The 2014 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in the Resources Industry explored the enormous potential of UAVs within mining and resources operations.

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Richard McShane - White Knight Unmanned Aerial Systems - UAV’s in Environmental management

  1. 1. UAS and Environmental Management A New Paradigm
  2. 2. Richard McShane Business Development Manager
  3. 3. UAS: A New Paradigm “ The Unmanned aerial vehicle’s given us the opportunity to shoot shots that we really didn’t think were possible. It’s really opened up so many new options for us…..The possibilities in the future are pretty much endless.” Aaron Smith, Director of Photography, Plonk!, 2014
  4. 4. UAS: A New Paradigm
  5. 5. UAS in Environmental Management • Environmental regulatory compliance • Subsidence Monitoring • Fauna Stocktake and habitat monitoring • Fire analysis and investigation • Other evolving uses
  6. 6. Environmental Regulatory Compliance “Due to the quantities of stored materials, the size or layout of the premises, the operation proposes the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft to assist in Surveying each property.” NSW Environmental Protection Agency, <Operation Details Removed>, 2014
  7. 7. Case Study – A property near Canberra Original Intelligence
  8. 8. New View
  9. 9. A New Baseline
  10. 10. GPS Tagged Hot Spots
  11. 11. Instant rapport with stakeholders
  12. 12. The inaccessible made accessible
  13. 13. The inaccessible made accessible
  14. 14. Volumetric data to support clean-up orders
  15. 15. Case Study – A property near Canberra “We are all well impressed with the video, it’s awesome, definitely proof of concept for that phase of the trial for us.” EPA Officer (Name Removed), June 2014
  16. 16. Subsidence Monitoring To understand the potential impact of construction developments and mining operations on the environment.
  17. 17. Subsidence Monitoring • Traditional surveying techniques (levelling, Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM), height traversing, etc) are time consuming and limited in the spatial extent of the information that it can provide1. • UAS aerial survey provides a dense point cloud over the ENTIRE monitoring area • Repeated measurement over a longer duration with no fixed infrastructure • Single use versus multiple use output products 1McClusky and Tregoning, ANU, 2013
  18. 18. A detailed points cloud provides a greater span of monitoring
  19. 19. Fauna Stocktake and Habitat Monitoring
  20. 20. Fauna Stocktake • Using Thermal Imagery cameras • Negligible disturbance to fauna • Identification of invasive species • No impact by staff and rangers in gathering data and evidence • Low disturbance = better count • Visual evidence gathering © United State Geological Survey National UAS Project Office
  21. 21. Complete disinterest
  22. 22. Habitat Monitoring • Negligible disturbance to flora • Identification of invasive species
  23. 23. Identification of Invasive Species
  24. 24. Case Study – Macquarie Wetlands Domestic cattle invading heritage-listed Wetlands
  25. 25. Wildlife tracks exacerbated by Cattle
  26. 26. Effect of fire after lightening strike
  27. 27. Fire analysis and investigation
  28. 28. Fire Investigation Case Study – Winery near Canberra • Identification of point of origin • Provided evidence to insurance company • Identifies scale of damage
  29. 29. Fire Investigation Case Study – Canberra Public Area • Identification of point of origin • Provided forensic evidence • Enables tracking of regrowth
  30. 30. The Old Paradigm • Aerial photography is too expensive • Aerial photography lacks definition • Survey can’t provide the granularity and breadth without the on-ground risks We’ve never thought to use aerial photography or survey for this before!
  31. 31. The New Paradigm UAS operators will not identify the next wave of UAS uses; our customers will. Our job is to discuss the art of the possible…then implement it. Me. 2014.
  32. 32. Thank you! Any Questions?