In agriculture, thermal or-near infrared aerial imagery can aid in crop production to assess the soil, locate weed outbreaks, and evaluate crop consistency using a mathematical interpretation to determine the Normalized Difference Vegetative Index (NDVI). The use of multi-spectral imaging in farming is what is referred to as “precision agriculture.”
Drones equipped with a LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) instrument are just what you need to map land formations or bodies of water using lasers and other technology. Scientists and surveyor can view and document environments accurately. They can create data for geographic information systems that can be used for emergency response, for example.
Additionally, once multiple drone images are captured, they can be “stitched” together to create an orthomosaic image. The result is a detailed photographic map – geometrically corrected to remove distortion using photogrammetry – which is far superior to a 2D map. Civil contractors use drone technology to speed land development projects at a fraction of what it would cost to hire manned aircraft.
Combining a series of aerial images with modeling software to make 3D or volumetric models benefits multiple industries such as construction, mining, or environmental. 3D models can be used to evaluate topography or monitor progress of projects or soil erosion, for instance, quickly and more affordably.
Drones are able to fly to places larger aircraft can’t – including mines or quarries — and as well as to sites where it’s unsafe to send people, such as precarious structures or remote locations. With aerial imaging, you can get a more comprehensive view of, and greater insight about, your asset or project. With drone technology, the sky is not the limit: the only limit is your imagination.
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