Global UAV Technologies has teamed up with InDro Robotics, a compliant UAV mapping, training, and consulting business, and High Eye Aerial Imaging to conduct the first UAV mapping mission over a major Canadian metropolitan city.
The-first-of-its-kind operation, flown over the downtown core of Victoria, on June 14, was completed for the City of Victoria’s Emergency Management Division and conducted alongside members of Transport Canada.
The survey was completed in one day by a professional flight crew which included personnel from InDro Robotics, Global UAV Technologies and High Eye Aerial Imaging. The flight was conducted with a Sensefly eBee plus RTK/PPK UAV.
Two flights were completed covering an area of 1.5sqkm with approximately 1,000 high resolution drone acquired images collected.
InDro Robotics is a privately held company located in Canada that specialises in UAV use for complex missions and environments. InDro Robotics offers clients and partners a wide range of unmanned services and support to custom fit the right technologies and engagement model to each opportunity.
“This first of its kind operation signals a significant achievement for High Eye, InDro and Global UAV,” said Jeremy McCalla, Global UAV Technologies’ business development and operations manager.
“The ability to safely operate a UAV over a populated downtown core without interrupting people’s daily commute is a milestone event and will aid in progressing UAV regulations in Canada. The successful collaboration between Global UAV, InDro Robotics, Transport Canada and the City of Victoria on the project provides a foundation for future collaborations on similar missions.”
Phillip Reece, CEO of InDro Robotics, added: “Transport Canada’s willingness to work with the team to ensure this mission, vital to emergency planning and preparedness, could be flown in an efficient and safe manner has provided not only a wealth of data for emergency response but also a new depth of knowledge for future operations in such environments.”