Drones are changing the way we do things. Here at Drift Media we are riding the wave of change! We’ve been using drone for a number of years- as both a means to capture incredible images and as a high resolution mapping device.
WGCMA- Mapping and Image Capture of Revegetation Sites- Latrobe River.
EGCMA- Mapping and Image Capture of Revegetation Sites- Mitchell River.
Details: Capture of 6km of riverbank from the Barrier to Wyung Bridge. This flight plan was developed to be flown prior to commencement of works- willow removal, rock work and revegetation works. It is intended to conduct follow up flights as the works continue.
WPCLN- Aerial Videography for NRM and Environmental Projects
We have used drones to highlight works carried out by the Westernport Catchment Landcare Network.
DELWP- Aerial Content capture for Regional Riparian Action Plan.
The Regional Riparian Action Plan, affectionately termed “the RRAP”, protects and improves land next to rivers (also known as riparian land) to improve the health of our vital waterway and catchment environments. We used drones to capture some of the works being carried out on rivers throughout Victoria.
DET- Aerial documentary of construction of Wonthaggi Secondary College
Woodside Primary School
As part of a Landcare Grant the school purchased a Mavic Pro drone. Working with the senior students, we went through basic flying and safety skills and then captured images of sections of the Bruthen Creek as part of a project on Soil Erosion.
BCLN- Hi Res and NDVI Mapping, Bimbadeen Phillip Island
As part of the Carbon Capture project, we are using a drone to capture high resolution imagery of three paddocks at Bimbadeen. The Mavic Pro drone flies over each paddock taking an image every second. These images are then stitched together to create one ultra high definition image. The resolution on this image is incredible, we can clearly see individual plants, irrigation pipes and even cow poo! The idea is to offer our farmers a birds eye view of their paddocks to assist them in making decisions.
The drone has also been modified to capture normal (RGB) images as well as Near Infra Red (NIR) images at the same timeNear Infra Red images are used to create a NDVI image of the paddocks. The normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) is a simple graphical indicator that can be used to assess relative “health” of the vegetation in the target area. It compares reflected red and near infrared (NIR) light and the level of absorbtion and reflection. Generally, plants which are reflecting more NIR light will be performing more photosynthesis and thus are healthier (and vice versa)
Our idea is to fly over these paddocks on a regular basis and capture data on the affects of carbon on plant health. Complimenting this process, we are also looking at how drones might assist our farming practice in the future…