Using UAVs to build business

albris_uav_damn_inspectionGeotest, a Swiss environmental and geoinformatics engineering firm, adopted UAV technology to improve cliffs and bridge inspections.

They began by using UAVs to inspect cliffs that needed to be secured to protect roads and houses against falling stones. In this past this was done with cherry pickers or rope access.

When they discovered the senseFly albris, its ability to take HD-quality pictures up close it was obvious that drones could be used for more of their activities.

Read the question and answer session between senseFly and Geotest to learn about how they are expanding their use of UAVs to streamline their business. Plus get their tips on how you can build your business with UAVs.

CASA changes legislation regarding UAVs

CASA, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia has finally announced the long awaited change to legislation governing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Australia. The previous legislation, CASR Part 101 was published in 2002. The UAV technology has come a long way since then, making the legislation well out of date.

In order to bring the regulations back in line with the current technology and industry requirements, CASA has made major changes and has published amendments to CASR Part 101. Part 101 2002 will be replaced with Part 101 2016 as of the 24th of September, 2016.

CASA now identifies UAVs below the weight of 2kg to be of lower impact and has relaxed the requirements to operate this class of UAVs. Operators of UAVs below the weight of 2kg will not be required to be in possession of a Controllers Certificate (license for the Pilot) and an Operators Certificate (for the business) to operate for hire or reward if certain conditions are met. The senseFly eBee and albris (previously eXom) are both part of this weight category.

Another significant change is to operators of UAVs below the weight of 25kg. Businesses will be able to operate their own UAVs below the weight of 25kg over land owned or occupied by them without the requirement to be in possession of a Controllers and Operators Certificate if certain conditions are met.

Please be aware that this is preliminary information and is subject to change. For further information, please see For a more detailed explanation of the changes, see this overview or the Legislation website.

UAV versus ground-based topographic survey

In May 2015, McIntosh Perry Surveying Inc collaborated with UKKO to compare the accuracies of horizontal positions and vertical elevations against a topographic survey completed by McIntosh Perry on the same property in 2014 using Trimble R8 base and rover RTK GPS units.

Read about the results on page 19 of the Ontario Profession Surveyor magazine.