Our featured project takes us to the Tararua District, in the north of New Zealand, where the District Council is leading innovation, adopting drone mapping for urban planning:
Sketchfab link: https://sketchfab.com/models/aff8bd823dd04b619bd61682c5cbc6de
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/PLiAiTwle5Y
Tararua District Council mapping system: https://goo.gl/dzumg2
This is the story of this project:
“The Settlers Cemetery is also known as the Dannevirke Old Cemetery, it is located George St, Dannevirke.
Dannevirke meaning “Danish creation” or “Danes’ work” is known for its Scandinavian heritage, which dates back to 1872 when 21 Danish and Norwegian families arrived at the port of Napier and then settled in the area.
Settlers Cemetery was established in 1882 and more than 800 people are interred at the cemetery. The last burial there was in the mid-1950s.
The Cemetery is operated and maintained by the Tararua District Council - an NZ local government authority in the North Island of New Zealand. The District is predominately rural in nature with a number of rural service towns.
The Council has recently acquired a range of drones (DJI Phantom 4 Pro, Inspire 1 and Matrice M210) and a Pix4Dmapper license to process the data collected and we are building up our experience and expertise in this new area. We are using our existing Leica Zeno 20 RTK GPS to set out our ground control points.
Staff using the aerial devices have all sat and passed the Massey University’s School of Aviation RPAS Course
We are using the drones to model infrastructure projects, roading issues, slip remedial work, creating aerial imagery for mapping applications, videos for social media purposes, and 3D models for publicity.
The variety of outputs that can be produced from Pix4D software and the training materials were the most important factors for choosing Pix4D. Experienced technical staff with a strong background in surveying, land management, GIS and programming easily upskilled via the comprehensive online Pix4D tutorials.
The Tararua District Council is leading the charge in the use of drones and data produced in New Zealand Local Government agencies, showing their benefits to other councils in New Zealand.” Blair Rogers, GIS Consultant, Master Business Systems
- Device used: DJI Phantom 4 Pro
- Image capture path: Grid, using Pix4Dcapture
- Number of images: 127 Images
- Preprocessing: Adjusted color in Photoshop
- Photogrammetry software: Pix4DMapper on a Desktop Win10 64bit machine
- Editing (did you add MTPs, edit the point-cloud or added surfaces to the mesh?) – Added in 4 GCPs that we recorded with our RTK GPS unit (Leica Zeno 20)
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