Biological Systems Consultants’ FAA Approved Pilots deployed EcoDrones and captured the following video which was produced using UAV technology. These EcoDrones provide a new tool for conducting and documenting ecological and environmental projects. Biological Systems Consultants FAA approved UAV pilots fly our drones and provide high quality and detail documentation of projects for clients.
Our EcoDrones system allows for detailed and accurate low elevation data acquisition flight yielding important information about vegetation or crop health, soil health, drainage patterns, etc. This data cannot be obtained with traditional methods from these elevations, providing a unique perspective for any project.
Applications include (but not limited to):
- Bond Release Studies (Still photos, Video, NDVI)
- Coastal Planning and Erosion Monitoring
- Stream and Wetland Mitigation Monitoring Activities (Pre, During or Post Construction)
- Aerial Photography and Video Capture
- Crop and Crop Residual Density Surveys
- Precision Agriculture
- Livestock Management
- Grazing/Pasture Management
- Soil Health Mapping
- Farm / Conservation Planning
- Wildlife Management
- Environmental Compliance
- Sheet & Rill Erosion Monitoring
- Drainage Assessment / Mapping
- Topographic Mapping
- Timber Harvesting Monitoring
- 3D Timber Canopy Modeling
- Log Pile Surveys
- Tree and Vegetation Species Identification
Using a drone (sUAS, UAV) for precision agriculture we can obtain high resolution images of crops (image on left). The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is an index of plant photosynthetic activity founded on the principle that different surfaces reflect light differently. Using a NIR sensor or NDVI camera, we can calculate the NDVI ratio which is the difference between the Near-Infrared (NIR) and red wavelength values divided by the sum of the NIR and red wavelength values. As seen in the image on the left (normal orthographic image of corn field) and the NDVI image on the right (NDVI image), areas with sparse or no vegetation (roads, non-vegetated areas) are more orange or red. Densely forested or vegetated areas show up greener and indicated healthier vegetation.
Real-time construction monitoring services allow the operator to maintain current aerial imagery from their construction site which can be shared digitally across different formats (GIS, AutoCad, Google Earth).