RPS’ environmental team was commissioned to report on the effects of a mine’s settlement pond water to the surrounding vegetation, which involved an analysis of previous rehabilitation works.
RPS provided our client with an innovative alternative to the traditional means of this survey by completing the project with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
This was a significant survey requiring more than 24 UAV flights to capture the area with both RGB and Near Infra-Red technology. The flights varied in length from 25 minutes to a full 45 minute maximum flight and around 27,000 images were acquired between the two cameras.
RPS’ UAV chief pilot Brian Hammonds worked closely with the environment team to ensure the required outcome was achieved and quality data was provided to the client.
The project took four days to complete, with an average of six flights per day. The strength of the UAV’s Trimble UX5 technology saw it flying in more than 35 kilometre per hour winds and landing on gravel access tracks adjacent to the settlement ponds without any issues.