Drone Mapping and Monitoring
Blue Ridge Services, Inc. received one of the earliest FAA 333 Exemptions in the waste industry, which gives our team the ability to provide drone mapping services to waste facilities. While other drone pilots can fly a waste facility site and provide general data, our team can interpret the high-quality data we gather and provide an operational-based perspective based on our decades of consulting at hundreds of facilities throughout the U.S., Canada, and abroad.
Below are just some of the many services enhanced by drone technology:
Perhaps the most important application of our Drone System is to provide up-to-the-minute mapping for preparation of our Fill Sequence or Soil Management Plans. Each of these plans is provide a linear picture of the landfill’s development …starting from existing conditions. Unfortunately, when those existing conditions are based on an out-of-date topographic map, our planning cannot be as precise. Using our drone mapping systems, we can quickly map any landfill …and produce a high-accuracy map within a day or so.
Follow-Me Route Haul Route Evaluation
Often, our time-motion studies require us to monitor scraper or truck haul routes. Using the “Follow-Me” capability of our quad-copter, we can track multiple cycles of any haul route to obtain the highest possible detail of vehicle performance.
Birds-Eye Time Motion Studies
We have been conducting time-motion studies for nearly 3 decades – and have used video for much of that time. This includes tripod-based video and in the past several years, machine-mounted (GoPro) video cameras. Our newest video tool is based on a quad-copter drone- which allows us to watch specific machines/operations in maximum detail.
Landfill Fire Identification Using FLIR
Technological advances in Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) cameras has resulted in small, lightweight units that can be mounted on a drone. These allow us to fly landfills early morning and identify hotspots that can indicate subsurface fires. This must occur at first light, before radiant heat from the sun can mask hotspots.
Drone mapping can be paired with fill sequence planning, soil management planning, and density tests to provide comprehensive, practical planning resources.
Infographic: Drones v. Traditional Aircraft
Traditional aircraft have been used in the past to gather date for topo maps and settlement plans. Unmanned Aircraft Systems, also called drones, can gather the same data at a fraction of the price. Download this infographic to learn more.