Drones will en­hance daily field work: Min­istry

There will now be bet­ter mon­i­tor­ing of gravel ex­trac­tion works, land­slide events, fore­shore de­vel­op­ment and map­ping for engi­neer­ing de­sign such as road con­struc­tion and hous­ing de­vel­op­ment

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Source: Min­istry of Lands and Min­eral Re­sources Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Min­istry of Lands and Min­eral Re­sources has pur­chased its own Un­manned Aerial Ve­hi­cle (UAV) for field us­age on a daily ba­sis.

“We can now bet­ter mon­i­tor gravel ex­trac­tion works, land­slide events, fore­shore de­vel­op­ment and map­ping for engi­neer­ing de­sign such as road con­struc­tion and hous­ing de­vel­op­ment with our new UAV,” the Min­istry of Lands and Min­eral Re­sources Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Malakai Finau said.

“The min­istry has pur­chased its very own UAV worth $175,000 in­clud­ing train­ing and im­age pro­cess­ing soft­ware cost.

“The main ob­jec­tive is to have an ef­fi­cient sup­ple­ment for re­mote sens­ing data col­lec­tion from satel­lites and manned air­craft for use in large scale map­ping, land de­vel­op­ment mon­i­tor­ing and dis­as­ter as­sess­ment.”

Mr Finau said that four staff mem­bers from the min­istry had been trained by cer­ti­fied UAV in­struc­tors and will re­ceive their full li­censes to op­er­ate the UAV.

The UAV pur­chased by the min­istry is a Fly Novex Multi-ro­tor Hex­a­copter and that the UAV can be mo­bilised on a short no­tice and pro­vide up to date in­for­ma­tion within hours or days to greatly ben­e­fit the min­istry.

“We are look­ing at pur­chas­ing more UAVs as this de­vice will make the min­istry’s map­ping work much eas­ier and faster” Mr. Finau said.

Photo:

The MLMR UAV pi­lots with the train­ers dur­ing the launch of their first ever UAV.

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