West Coast Placer is pleased to announce that we are now offering drone services. We recently acquired an aerial mapping UAV capable of collecting high resolution aerial imagery and topo maps.
Our drone carries a high resolution camera and can cover several square kilometers in one flight. To do more flights we just have to land and change the batteries. The drone is fully autonomous and collects GPS data in sync with the photography. It is a great little package that can deliver amazing results.
We can deliver high resolution orthomosaics in deliverable formats such as GeoTIFF, JPEG, PNG or Google KMZ. Orthomosaics are a composite image of individual photos stitched together to create one large image. They also have coordinates tied to each pixel so that features in the image match up to their real world position. Our drone can produce deliverable 2D or 3D data up to 4cm/pixel. The best and most expensive satellite data that you can currently buy only reaches 15-30cm/px. Here is an image to show the comparison of our data vs Google Earth.
Through processing the flight data we can provide 3D imagery as well which can be used to create topographic data which can be delivered as a DEM, point cloud or other formats depending on the requirements of the job.
Our operator is experienced at operating and developing UAVs with many flight hours to under his belt. We meet all the requirements set out by Transport Canada. We are interested in flying for any needs that a client might have. Of course we have a special interest in placer operations. We are currently working on a technique to utilize the UAV to discover ancient river channels and other features of interest to placer miners.
Please contact us through the contact page for more information and to discuss your project.