Highly Detailed Asset Inspection and Reality Modelling

Our Client

Aivia Group was engaged by Spatial Services on behalf of the Department of Education and Schools Infrastructure NSW (SINSW) who was seeking a suitably qualified and experienced Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems operator to capture RPAS based imagery of School assets.

The engagement was part of an exploration of what’s achievable initiative of the department to digitise and modernise the management of its over 2,000 public schools and 22,000 buildings.

The Challenge

This site contains an interesting mix of features including densely packed buildings and vegetation. All of which require specific approaches to ensure they are captured and reconstructed properly when using photogrammetry. It is also surrounded by neighbouring properties and two busy public roads which required extra coordination and risk management on the part of our team onsite.

Our Solution

Aivia Group used our expertise and equipment to capture high-quality aerial and terrestrial imagery and video . We then processed this raw data into various geospatial products. If you would like more information about what each of these digital deliverables entail then read our visual guide to geospatial and related data. The deliverables included:

  • Aerial Imagery
  • Aerial Video
  • Aerial Panoramas
  • Terrestrial Imagery
  • Terrestrial Video
  • Terrestrial Panoramas
  • Ground Control and Checkpoints
  • Orthoimagery
  • Point Cloud
  • Reality Mesh
  • Digital Surface Model (Raster and Vector)
  • Digital Terrain Model (Raster and Vector)
  • Contour Model

These products provided the client with a comprehensive and accurate representation of the site and its surroundings, which can be used for various purposes, such as:

  • Assessing the site conditions and suitability for future works: The client can use the geospatial data to evaluate site topography without travelling to site.
  • Planning and monitoring the construction activities and progress: The client can use the geospatial data to plan and coordinate the construction tasks and resources, and monitor the quality and safety of the work. The client can also use the geospatial data to compare the actual and expected outcomes, and identify any issues or deviations that need to be addressed.
  • Communicating and collaborating with stakeholders and contractors: The client can use the geospatial data to share and exchange information with the stakeholders and contractors involved in the project, such as architects, engineers, builders, suppliers, regulators, etc.

Outcome and Impact

By using drones for aerial mapping and reality modelling, Aivia Group was able to offer the client several benefits, such as:

  • Increasing safety by avoiding hazardous areas and minimizing human exposure: Aivia Group was able to map areas that were difficult or dangerous to access by ground, such as roofs etc. This reduced the risk of accidents and injuries for the staff and contractors.
  • Improving flexibility and quality of project management. The level of detail of site data that was captured has enabled for more project management activities to be completed remotely with more context by the department of education staff. This has to potential to significantly reduce onsite travel time and costs for the department

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