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Explore how senseFly drone solutions are employed around the globe—from topographic mapping and site surveys to stockpile monitoring, crop scouting, earthworks, climate change research and much more.

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Driving better flood prevention in Cambodia

A Czech NGO called People in Need is working with provincial and national authorities in Cambodia to reduce preventable deaths from flooding through better drone-based mapping practices.

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Quantifying nearshore sea turtle densities

This study presents methods for using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to conduct population assessments. Using a fixed-wing UAS and a modified strip-transect method, they conducted aerial surveys along a 3 km track line at Ostional, Costa Rica during a mass-nesting event of olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea).

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Droning their way to great grapes

How one Swiss vineyard and an agricultural engineering organisation are using a senseFly UAV to produce a tastier crop.

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Accuracy of UAV stockpile surveys vs LIDAR

How accurate is drone surveying for determining stockpile volumes? This report compares UAV and LIDAR imagery to see how they match up.

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Boosting the yield of a Spanish vineyard

A leading Basque winemaker employed senseFly drone data to optimise its yield, closing its harvest with an additional 11,000 bottles (an annual increase of 17%). Article in Spanish.

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Reducing fertiliser application by 20%

Dr. Berezovskiy’s team at Timiryazev State Agragrian University used an eBee farming drone to capture high-resolution imagery of their wheat fertilisation project. The subsequent application map allowed them to optimise their nitrogen application, reducing its input by 20%.

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Accuracy of automatic photogrammetric techniques on ultra-light UAV imagery

This paper analyses several UAV datasets, in particular their geospatial accuracy, concluding that drone technology “can compete with traditional mapping solutions”.

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Using a swinglet CAM to analyse glacier dynamics in the Himalayas

Learn how an international team of glacial hydrologists used senseFly drone technology to overcome the limitations (and dangers) of traditional data collection methods.

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Namibia’s savanna classified – from drone imagery to vegetation base maps

Timothée Produit of EPFL’s LASIG lab and colleague Matthew Parkan explain how they used Drone Adventures’ multi-spectral drone imagery to create vegetation base maps.

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Identifying trees affected by ‘ash dieback’

When Brockhill Country Park’s team noticed the effects of ‘ash dieback’ on some of their trees, they contracted ATEC-3D to run an aerial eBee survey to identify all the infected specimens.

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Improving a UK town’s coastal defences with an up-to-date aerial survey

Read how the UK town of Sidmouth’s seagulls were joined by a senseFly drone as part of East Devon District Council’s coastal erosion monitoring project.

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Precision ag profile: AgSky Technologies

The Canadian Business Journal talks with Warren Genik of AgSky Technologies about the eBee-based services the company offers farmers in the region.

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Mapping ice jams & flood conditions

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, the director of the University of Vermont’s Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL), explains how his team used an eBee to map ice jams and flood conditions in the spring of 2015.

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Mapping geomorphological features in the Subantarctics

Topographic mapping with drones doesn’t get more challenging than flying over remote, windy islands without disturbing the birds, as one team of climate change researchers discovered.

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Using drones in place of Lidar

When Energizer Resources needed to survey a large graphite mine site in Madagascar, its team purchased two senseFly drones to avoid the expense of airborne Lidar. That just left the issue of disappearing control points to deal with…

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eBee saves the day: mapping Greenland’s Zackenberg Research Station

When COWI was employed to map 125 sq. km in remotest Greenland, its staff took two drones into the field: a long-range UAV system and a backup eBee. When the larger system developed technical issues, the senseFly proved its mettle.

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Drones vs traditional instruments: corridor mapping in Turkey

Awarded the Turkish government’s first UAV survey contract, Artu Harita used an eBee to map a 140 km-long rail corridor — impressing its client and outperformed its traditional surveying counterparts.

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Drones vs traditional instruments: corridor mapping in Turkey

Awarded the Turkish government’s first UAV survey contract, Artu Harita used an eBee to map a 140 km-long rail corridor — impressing its client and outperformed its traditional surveying counterparts.

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Assessing flood damage at one of Europe’s largest mines

When the Serbian government urgently needed to map water damage at the Kolubara lignite pit, it turned to GeoGIS Consultants, whose team used an eBee to provide the client’s deliverables in a matter of days.

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Angry birds at altitude

Tasked with a large and topographically challenging survey near Quito in Ecuador, AOC Ingeniería used an eBee UAV to collect its point data. But the terrain wasn’t the only problem its team faced.

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The potential of aerial platforms in a ‘rapid’ emergency response context

This European Commission report finds that compared to satellite imaging sources, unmanned aerial platforms offer “significant benefits due to their higher flexibility in deployment, potentially better timeliness and more advanced technical capabilities”.

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Water and drainage control using UAV imagery

Learn how AgSky Technologies helped one client use drone-sourced elevation data to address problem drainage areas in its fields.

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Precision agriculture lab analysis

In this detailed research project Signpost Surveys collected and lab-analysed drone-sourced multispectral data spanning a range of crops.

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UAV use in agriculture for manure comparison

Photogrammetry software specialist Pix4D on using drone technology to analyse how different applications of manure have an impact on plant health and growth.

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Un drone-avion au service des agriculteurs

One for French speakers: France 3 Picardie’s video report on the Chamber of Agriculture’s eBee drone use.

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An early French adopter’s ‘agridrone’ experience (in French)

French farmer Jean Baptiste Bruggeman details his in-depth testing of his Airinov-supplied senseFly drone platform.

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Humanitarian in the sky – drones for disaster response

The founder of the Humanitarian UAV Network, Patrick Meier, explains how drones are helping communities around the world respond to disasters.

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Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) for volume estimation

This Honors College Thesis examines how stereo imagery obtained by a senseFly UAS can be used to respond to natural disasters, by estimating volumes “on a par with terrestrial LiDAR sensor technology”.

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The top 5 things to know about drones & GIS

This Directions Magazine article provides a starter overview of drone (UAV) technology and its huge potential for GIS applications.

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Searching for a rare plant in the Cayman Islands

Read how the Cayman Islands government joined forces with Kew Gardens’ GIS team to locate a mysterious Mistletoe species using Kew’s senseFly UAV.

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Searching for a rare plant in the Cayman Islands

Read how the Cayman Islands government joined forces with Kew Gardens’ GIS team to locate a mysterious Mistletoe species using Kew’s senseFly UAV.

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Using drone technology to help regenerate an ancient ecosystem

Read how Drone Adventures helped Pro Natura, a Swiss conservation non-profit, with a unique biodiversity project – using drones to produce orthomosaics and terrain models of an ancient peat bog in need of regeneration.

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Using a drone to help shore up an English beach

When the U.K. Environment Agency needed a partner to calculate beach volumes, it turned to UAV experts ATEC-3D to carry out a volume survey with its eBee before the tide came in.

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NewFields independent UAS accuracy assessment

McCain Murray ran a full survey and accuracy assessment with a senseFly eBee drone, finding it “capable of generating products with accuracies that meet the expected relationship with survey GSD and NSSDA standards”.

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Flying high with Phoebee the eBee

Explore the work of Phoebe, the Kew GIS team’s eBee drone, as Justin Moat and co. employ this tool on plant conservation projects around the world.

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Hot stuff – drone mapping an active volcano

Chilean geomatics specialist Geospacio became the first organisation to drone map an active volcano, flying its eBee over Chile’s Villarrica volcano two days after it erupted, then again eighteen days later.

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Mapping the flow of lava in Hawaii

Read how the spatial analysis team at the University of Hawai‘i (UH) used a senseFly swinglet CAM to map the active flow front of Kilauea Volcano’s lava flow on Hawai‘i Island.

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Use of an eBee in polar research (Uso do eBee na investigação polar)

Learn how the Portuguese Polar program (PROPOLAR) – the first organization to acquire a senseFly UAV (called Suzanne Deveau) with crowdsourcing fundraising – uses eBee in the coldest areas of the world. (Article in Portuguese.)

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Drones are taking off in Canada

Read how drone technology is booming in Canada, including an interview with Cenovus Energy’s geospatial specialist Wade Ewen.

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Eagle-eyed highland habitat management

senseFly drone operator Cormac Loughran, a UK-based ecological consultant, discusses how he sees his UAV improving his work.

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Eagle-eyed highland habitat management

senseFly drone operator Cormac Loughran, a UK-based ecological consultant, discusses how he sees his UAV improving his work.

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Inventory of small forest areas using an unmanned aerial system

Published in July 2015 in Remote Sensing, this peer-reviewed study details how acquiring high spatial and temporal resolution imagery with drones provides new opportunities for taking small-scale forest inventories.

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Inventory of small forest areas using an unmanned aerial system

Published in July 2015 in Remote Sensing, this peer-reviewed study details how acquiring high spatial and temporal resolution imagery with drones provides new opportunities for taking small-scale forest inventories.

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Mapping the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

How Drone Adventures and Medair used mapping drones to aid reconstruction in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

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Using mapping drones for disaster prevention & response

Adam Klaptocz of Drone Adventures and senseFly explains how autonomous mapping drones (UAVs) can help NGOs and similar organisations to make better decisions.

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Using UAVs to produce GIS-ready products

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne of the University of Vermont’s Spatial Analysis Laboratory explains how drones can be used to produce GIS-ready 2D and 3D products to support decisions in transportation.

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Post-disaster mapping in Haiti

Read how Drone Adventures mapped over 45 sq. km of territory during six days of intense work to provide international organisations with the up-to-date data they required.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Humanitarian Response

This in-depth ‘Occasional Policy Paper’ was published in June 2014 by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (‪OCHA‬).

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Can UAVs replace GPS ground topographic surveys?

McIntosh Perry Surveying and UKKO teamed up to compare the accuracy of an eBee RTK survey with that of a traditional base station and RTK rover approach.

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Drones in demining – enhancing mine action operations with UAS imagery

Learn how the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) employed senseFly drones to analyse the potential benefits and usage of UAVs in mine action.

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Post-disaster mapping in Haiti

Read how Drone Adventures mapped over 45 sq. km of territory during six days of intense work to provide international organisations with the up-to-date data they required.

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Using the eBee for a rapid forest fire damage assessment

Learn how Lithuanian GIS specialist Hnit-Baltic used an eBee drone to map fire damage on Lithuania’s protected Curonian Spit.

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Golly Farms’ UAV experience

Todd Golly of Golly Farms in Winnebago shares his thoughts on using a drone to collect aerial imagery in place of manned aircraft.

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The sky’s the limit for Barrick Gold

Explore Barrick Gold’s own report on its use of drone technology, versus previous terrestrial mapping techniques, in the Dominican Republic.

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Surveying an African pipeline with an eBee drone

Mapping a pipeline from Bolgatanga, Ghana to Bingo, Burkina Faso using a senseFly eBee drone‬.

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Performing quarry volume calculations by UAV

senseFly operator Signpost Surveys of Ireland was engaged by two separate clients to complete detailed topographic surveys of working quarries. Read about the results here.

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Measuring extraction volume in an open pit

Chilean photogrammetry provider WSdata3D used an eBee to calculate volume extraction at one of the world’s largest open pit mines, ensuring operator safety and boosting efficiency.

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Taming a monster – large-scale RTK corridor mapping in remotest Australia

Explore Survey Group’s eBee RTK drone survey of the 250 km Talawana Track road, where complex logistics, dusty terrain and bird attacks were successfully overcome.

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Quarry keeps finding new savings with drone data

Texas sand and gravel quarry, Vista Sand, on how it employs its senseFly eBee and the drone applications that continue unfolding as various internal teams gain exposure to this technology.

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Northern survey flights: subdecimetre accuracy in Arctic Canada

This GIM International article describes how senseFly UAVs were used for a preliminary engineering survey of two remote, mountainous sites in remotest northern Canada.

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The use of UAVs vs traditional RTK survey: a project case study

WSP’s team describes a stockpile measurement contract it completed using UAV technology, including how the accuracy of its results compared to traditional methods.

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Up and under — on using drones for bridge inspection

Barritt Lovelace of Collins Engineers and Jennifer Zink of the Minnesota Department of Transport (MnDOT) Bridge Office detail their joint multiphase UAV research project.

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Cold region cleanup – using UAVs to document contaminated sites in the High Arctic

When it faced the challenge of low-quality topographic maps, BluMetric Environmental’s team turned to its senseFly eBee to perform environmental assessments in the Canadian territory of Nunavut.

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Extracting value – using drones to survey quarries

An in-depth conversation with Aidan O’Connor of ASM Ireland. Aidan is one of the country’s most knowledgeable commercial drone operators, with particularly extensive experience in the field of quarry surveying.

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Extracting value – using drones to survey quarries

An in-depth conversation with Aidan O’Connor of ASM Ireland. Aidan is one of the country’s most knowledgeable commercial drone operators, with particularly extensive experience in the field of quarry surveying.

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Zanzibar – drones to the rescue

Learn how drones are being used to help save one of the world’s most beautiful eco-systems, in Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania, which is world famous for its coastline and mangrove forests.

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Using drones to optimise cement plant efficiency

Explore how the Tanzanian operation of building materials leader LaFargeHolcim employs senseFly eBee drones to optimise the efficiency of its cement plant and limestone quarry.

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Drones for precision agriculture

How can drones benefit farmers in Africa? AgriBusiness TV visited the pineapple farm of Joshua Ayinbora, a young Ghanian farmer, for a demonstration on the use of senseFly UAVs.

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UAS-derived pest management solution to sorghum crop production

This Texas A&M University guide explains how unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) equipped with multispectral sensors can provide an effective tool for managing aphid infestations of sorghum.

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Using a drone to count grey seals in Canada

When Duke University researchers wanted to try counting seals with a drone, they headed to Canada with eBees and several cameras. The results confirmed UAVs can help save time and money, and highlighted the promise of thermal imaging.

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Use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to assess quail habitat in the rolling plains of Texas

This Texas A&M University guide explains how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAS) were used to assess quail habitats in the rolling plains of Texas.

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Nuts about farming with drones

When training a new drone customer, Norbert Plate of iQlaser employed the client’s new eBee to assess the health of his peanut crop.

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Evaluation of UAS-based remote sensing for measuring forage properties at an experimental rangeland

This Texas A&M University evaluation report explores how UAS-based remote sensing can be employed to measure forage properties at an experimental rangeland.

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Unmanned aerial systems for mapping (a GIS webinar)

An info-packed webinar by Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne of the University of Vermont’s Spatial Analysis Lab. He details his experience using senseFly eBee drones to create GIS-ready maps and models.

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Drones for sharks!

The team at Drone Adventures on mapping St-Joseph atoll in the Seychelles and using the drone’s high-resolution aerial images to identify shark and ray pups.

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Drones for sharks!

The team at Drone Adventures on mapping St-Joseph atoll in the Seychelles and using the drone’s high-resolution aerial images to identify shark and ray pups.

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UAS photogrammetric point clouds: a substitute for LiDAR?

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne of the University of Vermont’s Spatial Analysis Lab describes the pros, cons and suitability of LiDAR and drone point clouds.

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The digital bushmen

What happens when you mix ancient Bushmen knowledge with the latest in drone technology? Drone Adventures joined these worlds to explore a new way of counting wildlife.

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Drone applications in emergency response

This presentation by Mapali, IRD & SEAS-OI and Mahidol University explores the potential applications of UAVs in the emergency response field.

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Namibia 2.0: nature conservation revisited

Drone Adventures, EPFL’s LASIG lab and Kuzikus Wildlife Reserve joined forces in the southern African savanna to push the limits of civilian drone use for nature conservation.

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Application of multispectral sensors carried on UAVs for trophic state mapping of small reservoirs

This free-to-download Remote Sensing study describes how RGB and NIR sensors, carried on a senseFly drone, were applied to the trophic state mapping of Tain-Pu reservoir in Kinmen, Taiwan.

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Keeping an eye on tailings storage

Michael Bender of Golder Associates discusses using drone-sourced imagery to monitor tailings storage facilities (article starts page 26).

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Using an eBee to boost a micro-gravity survey’s precision

When MWH Geo-Surveys International needed to conduct a micro-gravity survey of an Omani mine site, the company’s senseFly drone was the only solution it trusted to produce the high-res elevation model required.

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Using drones to map a sensitive Australian heritage site

Each year, Australian UAV undertakes a drone survey of the Lake Victoria shoreline. This immense heritage project brings with it three key challenges: big birds, even bigger datasets and lots of very fine sand.

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Using drones and photogrammetry to make archaeological breakthroughs

By flying mapping drones in Oman, consultant Julien Guery helped the French Archaeological Mission to Adam survey much faster than it had previously and to identify previously undiscovered archaeological structures.

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Using drones for urban mapping & flood prevention in Dar es Salaam

The World Bank teamed up with Drone Adventures, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap and the Tanzanian Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH) to conduct urban mapping projects using senseFly eBee drones

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Using drones for urban mapping & flood prevention in Dar es Salaam

The World Bank teamed up with Drone Adventures, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap and the Tanzanian Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH) to conduct urban mapping projects using senseFly eBee drones.

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Robots to the rescue – researching how drones can help save lives

In early 2016, senseFly took part in a European Commission project, tasked with assessing the value of drones in search and rescue situations. The trials were challenging, but the results encouraging.

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Robots to the rescue – researching how drones can help save lives

In early 2016, senseFly took part in a European Commission project, tasked with assessing the value of drones in search and rescue situations. The trials were challenging, but the results encouraging.

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Airchaeology in Turkey: taking archaeology to the skies

Drone Adventures joined the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University (NYU) and the Austrian Archaeological Institute to chart ancient theatres and temples in southern Turkey.

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Airchaeology in Turkey: taking archaeology to the skies

Drone Adventures joined the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University (NYU) and the Austrian Archaeological Institute to chart ancient theatres and temples in southern Turkey.

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Drones in Namibia: pictures, maps and videos

A team of aerial mappers from Drone Adventures spent two weeks in the wild Namibian bush drone-mapping savanna, sand and rock for land and wildlife conservation.

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Drones in Namibia: pictures, maps and videos

A team of aerial mappers from Drone Adventures spent two weeks in the wild Namibian bush drone-mapping savanna, sand and rock for land and wildlife conservation.

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Fukushima, a drone’s-eye view

What is the current state of Fukishima’s cleanup and reconstruction effort? Drone Adventures teamed up with researcher Taichi Furuhashi to try to answer this question aerially.

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On target – drone surveying the construction of a shooting sports complex

The Municipal District of Taber employed Ventus Geospatial to provide its survey data for a new shooting facility construction. Ventus’ eBee drone achieved low GSDs and remarkable vertical accuracy, more quickly than conventional surveying could achieve.

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Demand grows in N.W.T. for drone-led site surveys

Learn how Canadian company Diavik Diamond Mine, via its supplier Ollerhead & Associates, employed two senseFly eBee drones to survey its latest expansion project.

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Conservation in the age of climate change: tracking coastal climate research

David Johnston, an assistant professor at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, discusses the reasons behind his organisation’s switch from chartering planes to using UAVs.

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Monitoring the topography of a dynamic tidal inlet using UAV imagery

This study, published in Remote Sensing, carried out three drone monitoring campaigns at a French lagoon-inlet system. The results “open new perspectives to validate detailed morphological predictions”.

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Right on track – surveying a Californian high-speed rail route using an eBee RTK

J.L. Patterson & Associates surveyed a 30-mile rail corridor with an eBee RTK. Its team reported “phenomenal” data accuracy, completed the job in a quarter of the time of terrestrial surveying, and at half the cost of manned aerial services.

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Setting the scene – using drones for traffic accident reconstruction and analysis

Greg Gravesen is an experienced traffic accident reconstruction specialist. In this interview he explains how using a fixed-wing eBee drone has revolutionised his work.

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Drones earn their place in surveying

Learn how Bernie Jess, a land surveyor based in Edmonton, Alberta, has been sending off UAVs to tackle large site development surveys in place of using terrestrial instruments.

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Modeling for Mars – using drones to test a space rover

Martin Azkarate of the European Space Agency discusses his work developing rover prototypes for planetary exploration, including how he employs a senseFly drone to test these cutting-edge robots.

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Drones offer innovative solution for local mapping

The World Bank is implementing a $12 USD million real estate and cadastre project in Kosovo to help the government produce a national cadastre system and geospatial data infrastructure.

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Documenting a large dam with senseFly’s albris inspection drone

senseFly’s albris inspection drone was employed at the Tseuzier dam (156 m) in Switzerland in order to produce a high-resolution photographic record of the structure’s downstream face.

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Documenting a large dam with senseFly’s albris inspection drone

senseFly’s albris inspection drone was employed at the Tseuzier dam (156 m) in Switzerland in order to produce a high-resolution photographic record of the structure’s downstream face.

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Precision farming with infrared sensors

Spanish drone service company Drone by Drone monitors its clients’ crops from the air using senseFly drones. This approach enables the better, more localised management of each individual plot. Article in Spanish.

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Using drones to define land tenure in Tanzania

An innovative pilot project by COSTECH and World Bank Group is using senseFly eBee drones to carry out aerial land surveys in order to issue farmers with land titles.

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How drones & expert analysis helped 300 French farmers to boost crop yields by 10%

OCEALIA Group has used senseFly drones and AIRINOV’s agronomy expertise since 2015 to better assess and more accurately treat its crops. The result: a 10% average increase in crop yields.

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Using UAVs to document contaminated sites in the High Arctic

Learn how BluMetric Environmental used an eBee drone to perform environmental assessments in the Canadian territory of Nunavut.

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Aerial Applications chooses senseFly to build a standardised, contractor-friendly drone fleet

When awarded a time-sensitive post-hurricane inspection project, Aerial Applications turned to the eBee to quickly build a fleet of easy-to-operate, data-consistent drones.

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Aerial Applications chooses senseFly to build a standardised, contractor-friendly drone fleet

When awarded a time-sensitive post-hurricane inspection project, Aerial Applications turned to the eBee to quickly build a fleet of easy-to-operate, data-consistent drones

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How drone tech is aiding the upkeep of Ireland’s premier salmon river

Learn how a drone survey of the Ballina ‘canal stretch’ of the River Moy was used to determine the extent of pond weeds, providing data from which the surface of raised sediment could be calculated and a 3D profile of the river banks created.

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Invasive species detection using drones, big data and computer learning

Learn how astron uses senseFly UAVs to complement its invasive species mapping, producing valuable fine-scale vegetation maps of large areas to direct its ground efforts.

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Building the future of quarry monitoring

French quarry operator, Groupe CB, turned to drone data analytics expert Redbird to provide accurate geospatial data across nine sites. The result: a major improvement in on-site safety, a 5X reduction in survey costs, and an increase in the depth of Groupe CB’s topographic data.

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