Have drones, will travel (and save)
DRONES are now being routinely used by Goulburn-Murray Water, to save both time and money when it comes to planning, construction and maintenance of more than $5 billion in irrigation assets in its care and control.
But the team found time to explain the use of drones and put on an aerial display for a keen audience at Numurkah District Health Service on November 15. As part of its Numurkah Network of Planned Activity Groups, the health service hosts monthly meetings of elderly residents to keep them engaged and involved in the community.
“These tools are helping us to quickly, efficiently and accurately map the channels in our network and access otherwise inaccessible areas, check the structural integrity of our infrastructure and have a host of other uses,” survey services manager Glenn Collins said.
“Such exercises also help to spread the word on how drones are contributing to safety and saving time and effort in the field.”
Glenn said it was also a pleasure for GMW to show new technology to farmers who have lived through decades of their own forms of innovation in agriculture.
“These people are all former customers of GMW, and many in their family remain our customers today,” Glenn said.
“We appreciate their interest and continued involvement in the efficient running of the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.”