Agriculture – farming and forestry

Our UAV services in the field of farming and forestry at a glance:

  • Visual stocktaking, inspection and damage recording using UAVs in farming and forestry

    • High-resolution aerial images for documenting the actual condition of damage to plants, trees or harvests for insurance purposes, for example
    • High-resolution videos from the air using drones for documenting actual conditions and for visualisation
    • Live HD image transmission for visual inspections from a bird’s-eye view in real-time (live monitor on the ground)
    • Protection against damage caused by game animals by deploying thermal cameras on drones during harvests
    • Multispectral camera flights with drones for analysing the earth, fields and analysing the current status of vegetation
  • Three-dimensional stocktaking, three-dimensional documentation of actual conditions and three-dimensional surveying with drones

    • Point clouds resulting from three-dimensional stocktaking and surveying
    • Volume calculation and quantity surveying from the air using drones by means of three-dimensional surveying
    • 3D damage recording and documentation using drones by means of colour point clouds; this also enables 3D views and panoramas
    • GIS data records and digital terrain models for use in the fields of agriculture, farming and forestry

Use of drones (UAVs) in the fields of agriculture, farming and forestry

Gathering of information in the agricultural industry (farming and forestry) from the air using drones

Aerial images and data records of drones help farmers and foresters, agricultural engineers and raw material producers with a wide variety of applications and documentation, because the enable the surveying and analysis of fields and forests from a bird’s-eye view. By using UAVs in the field of agriculture and farming, as well as in forestry, it is possible to gather a lot of information in the shortest possible time at a comparably low price. In contrast with manned systems such as helicopters and aeroplanes, our drones have a big advantage in that they are highly flexible, can be used with no location restrictions and can be transported in regular cars.

International competition, price trends and high target yields require new technologies so that more profit can be gained at less cost and with fewer resources expended (cost savings). Our reliable UAVs (drones) autonomously fly over agricultural areas and forests and enable the use of various sensors, such as photo, video, multispectral and thermal cameras, such as LiDAR scanners (laser scanners). Thanks to precise georeferencing (localisation) by means of GPS, targeted measures can be taken during or after logging to pinpoint accuracy. Drones therefore form a valuable component of modern forestry and farming (precision farming).

The loss-free logging of information on cultivation areas, fields and forests, as well as gathering during running operations is easily possible, because logging is contact-free and no terrain has to be trodden on. Fields and stock can be digitalised using the images and data gleaned,
whereupon areas can be optimised and production increased to the desired level of quality. The calculating of volumes and the determining of biomass (e.g. in forestry) are additional applications in the field of documentation based on our drone data records.

Yield measurement, stocktaking and inventory recording by means of volume calculations and quantity surveying from the air

Thanks to contact-free, three-dimensional logging by means of UAVs, we deliver cost-effective, accurate volume calculations and biomass determinations for the purpose of documentation, and for yield measurement, inventory recording and stocktaking.

We process high-precision 3D volume models (using 3D meshing based on a point cloud) in the shortest possible time and, in addition to three-dimensional logging, we also offer full data evaluation. This provides numerical documentation of the yields, the relevant stocks or biomass, such as the entire mass of logs in a pile. The handover of raw data (point cloud or 3D mesh model / wireframe model) for evaluation by the customer is also possible. Furthermore, we produce an orthomosaic photo if it is necessary for orientation, visualisation or for defining materials and/or storage spaces.

By doing two or more flights at different times we can document an exact delta (difference comparison) of volume changes. Target/actual comparisons after two successive flights are also effortlessly possible.

GIS data records and digital terrain models for use in the fields of agriculture, farming and forestry

We supply precise, three-dimensional GIS data records and special terrain models (wireframe models) with our drones for planning, analysis, mapping and for the use of GPS-controlled/supported machinery in farming, as well as in forestry in a data format of your choice.

Using pictures taken from drones, we process colour, visually highly realistic and true-to-scale images of agricultural areas, cultivated fields, fallow land and objects  in the form of digital surface models (DSM). Furthermore, we supply digital terrain models (DTM) if the height structure is of critical importance, and only the natural earth’s surface is required without vegetation such as plants or trees.

Live HD image transmission for visual inspections in real-time

We offer the option of live HD image transmission for visual inspections in real-time on the ground using a monitor in our service vehicle. This way an owner or operator of land can have the drone directed to centimetre-precision through our professional pilots or have the camera controlled. Critical points can thus be approached and assessed from various viewing angles. The condition, pest infestation and health of vegetation can be localised optimally using the images so that appropriate measures can be initiated. Furthermore, the recording of images for documentation is possible permanently or partially.



High-resolution aerial images for the documentation of actual conditions – For the documenting of damage for insurance purposes, for example

Our high-resolution aerial images, taken using our UAVs, are ideal for the analysis and documentation of actual conditions, such as damage, destruction and insurance cases. Through discussions held in advance, we can narrow down the exact type of pictures you require for documentation purposes – different angles, flight altitudes and precisely reproduced flights (GPS-supported) for multiple or later points in time pose no problem at all. The on-board GPS enables us to precisely localise noteworthy areas on the images so that necessary measures can be taken, for example against pest infestation or dryness at the right point. Only high-end cameras are used, with or without zoom lenses.

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Protection against damage caused by game animals by deploying thermal cameras on drones

Through live monitoring using thermal imaging and RGB cameras on drones, crop failures and damage caused by animals are prevented during harvests; for example, game can be tracked down using thermal imaging cameras, so they do not end up in mowers or maize choppers by accident.  To the human eye and for the drivers of machines, animals are mostly either invisible, or become visible only when it is too late. Through the deployment of a thermal imaging camera and a bird’s-eye view, unwanted guests can be identified at harvest time quickly and reliably.

Multispectral camera flights with drones for analysing the earth, fields and analysing the current status of vegetation

A multispectral camera on drones enables farmers, agricultural engineers and raw material producers to analyse the earth and the vitality of plants and to identify stress factors harmful to plants (pests) before they are visible to the human eye.

A multispectral camera – or more precisely, a UAV multispectral sensor –
not only takes colour photos (RGB) but also provides information on light reflected or absorbed by plants or soil (light waves) in four wave lengths: green, red, near-infrared (NIR) and short-wave infrared – the last ones being infrared spectral bands which are invisible to the human eye.

By means of multispectral data, various colour ranges can be identified and differentiated to draw conclusions concerning the vital constitution of plants or the nature of soil. The spectral signature of each object can be defined for the analysis. For the evaluation of the data and absorbed light wave lengths, plant properties can be defined, such as water content, pest infestation, fungal infestations, and much more. In addition to information on plant health, possible crop yields, soil composition, surface moisture, drainage or damage from drought can also be evaluated and documented.

High-resolution videos from the air for documenting actual conditions and for visualisation in the fields of agriculture, farming and forestry

With detail-rich moving images from the air, the latest incidents, conditions and damage can be optimally depicted and can be presented in the simplest way. For this reason, we supply you with high-resolution video material (Full HD – 4K) and images with SLR camera quality (24MP) from the air. The transmission of live images poses no problem at all, and in acute cases is actually very helpful in evaluating situations on site so that appropriate damage-limitation measures can be taken.

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