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Construction site drone photography

Mon., 12 October, 2020

The Regency Road to Pym Street Project (R2P) Alliance is always looking for innovative ideas to deliver the project, including the regular use of drone footage.

The R2P Alliance regularly captures drone photography of the site.

Use of the drone is a cost and time effective process that provides data for multiple uses. The footage is used for advance monitoring of worksite progress, construction works planning and design input.

The drone is a DJI Phantom 4 RTK drone that weighs under two kilograms, with a camera that provides the high resolution at an elevation of 100 metres. The drone is relatively simple to operate with pre-charting and mapping using a controller, and it integrates with the DroneDeploy network to give location accuracy of three centimetres.

The drone is operated adhering to the rules of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, and is kept a minimum of 30 metres away from people and 5.5 kilometres from controlled airports. The drone only operates within the construction zone, along the road corridor.

Once the drone has completed its flight, the data is uploaded to the DroneDeploy platform. The captured 2D imagery is superimposed over satellite imaging to provide a detailed view.

This capture and upload of the weekly drone footage for the project team use takes a total of five hours.

The use of drones for South Australian infrastructure projects and monitoring of infrastructure is becoming increasingly common, and the R2P Project will continue to use it for the duration of construction.

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