New Geospatial solution from Titan
Titan Environmental Surveys Ltd, a Gardline company, has increased its survey capacity with the acquisition of a Fixed Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for topographic and photogrammetry surveys. Titan has achieved Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Permission for Commercial UAV operations and currently operates with a pool of 5 qualified drone pilots.
UAV technology provides a high accuracy, high resolution geospatial mapping tool that greatly reduces client costs, complexity and risk. Delivering significant benefits in nearshore surveying, it is an ideal solution for environmentally sensitive areas requiring topographic and intertidal surveys.
Fitted with an ultra-high-resolution camera that is specifically designed for UAV photogrammetry applications, the UAV incorporates integrated RTK/PPK capability. Horizontal and vertical positioning accuracies of 5cms are possible and extremely detailed topography and photogrammetry data can be produced.
Titan’s primary applications for the system are supporting vessel-based mapping for cable routes, pipeline routes, coastal engineering and coastal monitoring projects, where survey effort increases significantly in shallow water.
Titan have recently undertaken several UAV surveys for both private sector and local government organisations for wet renewable and coastal monitoring projects.
A recent survey of the Pembrokeshire coastline, for a wet renewable’s energy provider, covered a significant area that included intertidal coves, steep cliff faces, rocky foreshores and areas inaccessible on foot. The UAV provided a rapid data collection method, high data density and high accuracy solution in under two hours of surveying. The survey site would previously have been inaccessible by surveyors on foot using traditional methods.
Mark O’Donovan, Director, Titan Environmental Surveys: “By using Titan’s new UAV technology for beach and intertidal surveying, clients are gaining in efficiency when compared to traditional coastal data acquisition methods. By gathering data in this way, the process is less labour intensive, equipment intensive, and cost intensive for our clients. It removes complexity from, and risk to high value projects, plus given the survey’s themselves can be conducted without the need to disturb potentially sensitive habitats, the new technology offers considerable advantages. The overall benefits for our clients are impactful considering the data we collect is of the highest quality.”
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