agricultural drones

Popular ‘Drones in research’ workshop to run again in October

ANDS drone

Australian National Data Service (ANDS) recently hosted a series of events discussing drones, spatial data and geospatial technology including a workshop/seminar event in Canberra in June 2017 followed by two webinars in July. Due to demand, a second workshop event has been added for 9 October in Melbourne.

The workshop, ‘Drones and big spatial data – Challenges and opportunties’ is open to anybody who uses drones for research, or has an interest in doing so. It will be of particular interest to:

  • Researchers (academia, industry and government)
  • Data managers and data librarians
  • Data scientists, analysts, developers and technologists
  • Environmental and geo-scientific research data community
  • Research Office, Ethics Committee members and Legal Counsel for institutions

The workshop is free, however, registration is required for catering purposes. The day will consist of presentations, multiple hands-on tutorials and an opportunity for networking with leading spatial data experts.

When:  Monday, 9 October 2017, 9:00am – 5:00pm

When:  The Woodward Conference Center, University of Melbourne

Speakers:

  • Keith Russell (ANDS/Nectar/RDS):  Introduction to FAIR data principles
  • Sarah Murfitt (Deakin University):  Applications of unmanned aerial vehicles for mapping coastal processes and intertidal marine habitats
  • Lisa Frye / Brendan Zwaaniken (DELWP):  Negotiating barriers and managing risks with RPAS:  Innovating approaches to regulations, permits, and safety
  • Alena Moison (DELWP):  A platform for storing, processing and sharing Victoria’s open drone data
  • Nathan Quadros (CRCSI):  An automated workflow to ensure end users capture LiDAR and drone data which meets their needs (https://qa4lab.com/)
  • More to be added

Hands on practicals

  • Xavier Goldie (AURIN):  Introduction to AURIN facilities – Software and tools
  • Nathan Quadros (CRCSI):  Drone user needs and applications
  • Fabiana Santana (University of Canberra):  How drone data could be used in modeling? A case study applying the BCCVL

 

Click here for more information and to register.

The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) and ANDS are part of a community of facilities supported by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). The NCRIS network currently supports national research capability through 27 active projects and is comprised of 222 institutions employing well over 1,700 highly skilled technical experts, researchers and facility managers. NCRIS facilities are used by over 35,000 researchers, both domestically and internationally.

Want to fly drones? New Remote Pilot Licence training course available

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Dr Ramesh Raja Segaran from APPF partner, URAF

The Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) at the University of Adelaide, is offering a commercial drone course leading to the award of a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA).

This five-day intensive RePL course is conducted on University of Adelaide campuses by a team of CASA-certified drone operators and trainers from the University.

Course inclusions

  • All required theory and practical syllabus and requirements of CASA for a RePL.
  • Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC).
  • English Language Proficiency certification (ELP).
  • Textbook: Remote Pilot Licence RePL Study Guide by Bob Tait and Ben Harris.
  • In-house examinations for ELP, AROC and RePL.

Assured quality teaching

Courses available

The URAF run regular RePL courses 4-6 times a year. Ad hoc RePL courses for government and industry groups are also available.

  • Remote Pilot Licence Course, Multi-rotor up to 7kg
    • $3500 + GST (includes textbook and application fees for RePL, AROC, ELP)
  • Practical type training for Multi-rotor/ Fixed wing up to 25kg
  • Others
    • If you have passed an aeronautical knowledge exam for a flight crew licence (e.g. PPL/ CPL), you can complete practical type training with the URAF to get type rated for a RePL.

Who needs a RePL?

Please contact the URAF for more information on the courses and how to enrol.

Phenotyping takes to the skies

This year the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) partnered with the Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) at the University of Adelaide to provide improved phenotyping capabilities to support Australian plant and agricultural scientists.

The researchers use sensors on board remotely piloted aircraft to monitor plant growth and vigour for agricultural and ecological research. Platforms range from multi-copters to fixed wing aircraft, carrying cameras and multispectral and thermal sensors. Imagery captured produce GIS (geographic information system) layers used to integrate with field data to further develop relationships between plant growth, environmental conditions and plant treatment. The potential to measure parameters on field trials such as establishment, height, biomass, stress and nutritional status can be explored using this technology.

A recent episode on the youth science television show ‘Scope’ features the APPF field phenotyping capacity with Dr Ramesh Raja Segaran from the research team demonstrating the use of drones to investigate wheat tolerant of sodic soils. You can watch the episode here (the story commences at 16 min 19 sec)… https://tenplay.com.au/channel-eleven/scope/season-3/episode-131

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Dr Ramesh Raja Segaran demonstrating field phenotyping