UAVOS, developer and manufacturer of commercial and security solutions based on advanced unmanned systems, has completed a drone-based forest inspection project to assess the general environment of the wood. The combination of digital data and custom software from UAVOS has provided innovative analysis of forest data. The UAVOS methodology is a breakthrough for forestry, as it enables foresters to not only streamline and improve the way data is collected and analyzed on a daily basis, but also helps reduce environmental risks and generate economic wealth in the forest. sector. The project has been carried out in collaboration with a forestry and land management company.
UAVOS employed a dedicated Borey fixed-wing aircraft equipped with a digital camera. The goal of the project was to analyze high-precision spatial data and create a 3D line map from telemetry and aerial digital photogrammetry. High-precision aerial imagery enabled the UAVOS team to automatically identify tree pest and disease symptoms, assess overall tree health, and conduct assessments of illegal logging activities. The use of drones aimed to extend the scope to assess the long-term decline of slow-acting bark beetles in pine stands, which are the main pests of coniferous forests in the world.
“Our project management approach is to restrict the spread of bark beetles through annual aerial surveys around the edge of a quarantined area, followed by destruction of infested trees. Disease detection would be achieved through the production of orthorectified layers,” said Aliaksei Stratsilatau, executive director of UAVOS.
Data processing for this project was carried out using artificial neural networks (ANNs) and UAVOS’s proprietary artificial intelligence software, designed specifically for large survey data sets. The results will be used to identify and optimize forest management activities.
“The result of our project demonstrated the ability to comprehensively survey nearly 1,000 acres (400 hectares) of forest area, using the Borey drone, in just a few weeks,” Aliaksei said. “Borey equipped with a digital camera also showed the significant cost-effective benefit that could be gained by employing the rapid deployment unmanned platform to capture the forest landscape.”
UAVOS is a developer and manufacturer of commercial and security solutions based on advanced unmanned systems with an international investor base. UAVOS custom technology, products and services include multi-role UAVs, unique proprietary autopilots, advanced communication systems, UAV components and experiential training. UAVOS participates in stratospheric R&D projects having developed the HiDRON stratospheric meteorological mission glider and the HAPS ApusDuo autonomous aircraft ready to deploy missions to the stratosphere. UAVOS’s mission statement is to create the right partnerships and shared goals with customers around the world to develop mutual technologies and innovation capabilities for the benefit of our partners and customers.