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Simon Wiggins - Desert Channels Queensland - Utilising UAV for weed control in hazardous environments

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Simon Wiggins, Director, Desert Channels Queensland delivered the presentation at the 2014 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in the Resources Industry. …

Simon Wiggins, Director, Desert Channels Queensland 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.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.informa.com.au/uavresourcesconference14

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  • 1. Utilising UAV’s for weed control in hazardous environments
  • 2. •Brief introduction •Capabilities of agricultural UAV’s for Weed control •Time and safety enhancements due to UAV’s •Logistic considerations •Future Opportunities and Applications
  • 3. Our Partners • PBE Pty Ltd holds the UAV certificate (1-Z2YUZ-01) with authorised operations of Aerial Photography, Aerial Survey, Aerial Spotting and Agricultural Operations. Licenced for line of sight only. • Operated by Commercial Pilots with Pilot (Chemical Rating) Licence and Agricultural Aircraft Operator Licence
  • 4. The UAV • 99 kg take-off weight • 246 cc motor producing 15 kW • Length of 3.6 m, height 1 m width 0.9 m • Operational payload 16 kg (de-rated for temperature) • Computer stabilised, location accuracy, speed regulated and highly manoeuvrable
  • 5. Time and Safety Enhancements • All operations governed by CASA approved Operations Manual • Reduced WH&S issues •No chemical spray on operators •Ability to work in high risk environments •Tailings dams •Steep sites •Spoil Dumps and rehabilitation/revegetation areas
  • 6. Advantages •Accurate placement of chemicals •Reduced Fatigue •Highly mobile with rapid deployment •Reduced equipment inventory reduces costs •Training and skill maintenance costs are reduced •Safety Management Systems are streamlined
  • 7. Logistic Considerations •Crew Size and Experience •Line of site range •Operational conditions •Transport and access •Maximum capabilities Low Difficulty - 1 Ha / 12 flying minutes High Difficulty – 1 Ha / 24 flying minutes
  • 8. Future Opportunities and Applications • Wider range of target species • Integration with more machinery (flight techniques) • Equipment durability • More diverse sites
  • 9. More Information PBE Services (0429067150) http://www.pipeboreexcell.com Desert Channels Queensland (07 46580600) http://www.dcq.org.au