Delair has confirmed that Weaver Consultants Group has adopted the Delair UX11 high-performance UAV for its work in large-scale volumetric surveying and topographic mapping.
The national firm provides a full range of engineering services and has a particular expertise in solid waste and landfill projects.
It went on to detail that the company’s initial use of the new platform has been in developing digital twins of its clients’ sites, mainly large disposal and landfill operations, and performing regular volume calculations to assist in managing the land use at those sites.
Kurt Aper, unmanned aerial team lead at Weaver, commented: “For the large areas we need to cover, a fixed-wing drone make sense.
“We can cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time – we can do three or four 45-minute flights per day and get reasonably high-resolution data, even flying at 234 feet. We can do 900 acres in a day and there’s no way we could do that with rotor style drones, much less by foot.”
Aper also noted that a project of more than 40 acres is roughly the threshold where the real benefits of a fixed-wing UAV such as the UX11 become clear. The Delair drone is becoming a critical tool for them as they help landfill developers and operators precisely estimate the volume of materials that are filling their sites, and develop expansion plans.