We now have the ability to operate drones which allows us to trail and deploy monitoring equipment to gather data to support better husbandry of aquaculture stocks. Four members of our Technical team have their SUA Pilot Competency Certificate since 2019. BIM currently own two Phantom 4 Pro’s, One Splash Drone 3 and a Mavic 2 Pro. Using these drones for survey work and mapping has allowed for sub-meter accuracy. BIM will further develop their drone technology capabilities in the future which will improve accuracy even further, with Real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning which uses satellite navigation techniques.
The main BIM projects that have utilised drone technology to further aid the aquaculture Industry are involved in husbandry techniques, mapping site layouts, climate change projects, providing images and video for presentations and marketing and even assisting in beach clean-ups.
To learn more about potential surveys that you would like to be carried out using BIM drones and any ideas you might have to expand this service to a broader range of projects
The Drone Survey programme is part funded through the Knowledge Gateway Scheme which is established under Union Priority 2 of Ireland’s Operational Programme under the EMFF and is co-funded by the Irish Government and the EU.
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