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About AUAV

Established in 2013, AUAV is one of the first drone service businesses in Australia. We have offices across the country and offer topographical survey, inspection, 3D modeling, and consulting services nationally.


Local Business Servicing all States

50,000+ Drone Flights

8 years Capturing data

AUAV is about data outcomes, not drones.

James, Andrew and Nigel, the company directors, draw backgrounds in natural resource science, aviation, technology, computer graphics, film production, business management and consulting engineering firms. Our staff come from a diverse range of industries including; drafting/GIS, computer programming, machine learning, ASME qualified inspection, UAV design, GPS machine control, survey, asset condition reporting and advanced photogrammetry. This broad skill base gives us a unique approach to data collection and enables us to add considerable value in flight operations, analysis and reporting.

AUAV has been recognised each year by Drone Industry Insights as one of the Top 20 drone service providers globally.

We are certified by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (certificate #CASA.UOC.0057) and hold all necessary public liability,
professional indemnity and workcover insurances.

AUAV has third party ISO certification for Quality (9001), Environment (14001) and OH&S (45001).

With our in-house inSite data solution we offer an end-to-end consulting, capture and data hosting service.

Leadership Team

James Rennie

James Rennie

Director - Business Development

James is a natural resource scientist who worked for 17 years in government and consulting engineering companies.

He has held senior leadership roles in local and multi-national companies and provided consulting services to government agencies, mining companies, asset managers and land developers.

With thousands of professional UAV flights completed, and 10 years prior to that flying fixed-wing RC, he has gained flying and mapping experience in Antarctica, Armenia and throughout Australia.

He fills the role of Chief Controller and is ultimately responsible for the safe operation of the business. LinkedIn -James Rennie

Andrew Chapman

Andrew Chapman

Director - Technology

Andrew heads up our operations in New South Wales. He has a background in aviation, technology, computer graphics and film production. A leader in the new drone industry, he founded a successful UAV company whilst living in Canada and served as a member of the Board at Unmanned Systems Canada, the national industry body.

Andrew has strong skills in project management, digital image processing, technology and aviation. He holds pilot licenses in Australia and Canada, and has been flying remotely piloted aircraft of various forms since he was seven years old.

He has a clear vision for the future of the industry and is passionate about the possibilities and efficiencies this new technology can introduce to industry and special projects. LinkedIn -Andrew Chapman

Nigel Brown

Nigel Brown

Director - Operations

Nigel is a specialist in business management and technology innovation.

He was an early commercial operator of unmanned aircraft in Australia and expanded into other forms of unmanned technology including sea, land and submersible.

Nigel has lead technical infrastructure initiatives of national significance. He consults to federal government on Australian standards development for electronic interoperability and data security. He also lead the technology program for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Nigel heads up AUAV’s national operations from our head office in Melbourne. LinkedIn -Nigel Brown

Utilising new technologies can seem daunting and complex, however Australian UAV made the transition from idea to final product easy with their professional, organised and flexible approach

- Angela Gladman, North Central Catchment Management Authority