Drone inspection at marine port.

Coasts, Waterways and Marine

AUAV is working with a number of major ports to facilitate asset inspection and monitoring.

Having completed many projects in ports it has become clear that there are many opportunities to enhance port operations and asset management.

AUAV offers support to your inhouse drone operations, one-off data capture and drone data hosting in our inSite software.

For more information on a specific question or requirement please contact us at contact@auav.com.au.

Data for Marine & Port Industry

Our UAVs contain the latest in data-capturing technologies, providing you with high-resolution images of marine and coastal ecosystems. This level of detail allows researchers and managers to monitor sensitive environments, track changes, and detect early signs of environmental stress. This data is able to be processed further before being compared with other large datasets thanks to the high level of accuracy that drones provide.

UAVs can rapidly map marine habitats like coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves. This is invaluable for conservation purposes, helping authorities prioritize areas for protection or restoration.

Typical services include:
  • Asset inspection of tall assets such as cranes, loaders, buildings.
  • Creation of a digital twin of the port to assist with traffic management and safety management.
  • Monitoring the inside of facilities and buildings.
  • Surveys of breakwaters and seawalls.
  • Laser scanning tanks for deformation modelling.
  • Inspections of channel markers and navigational aids.
  • Volumetric survey of bulk goods.
  • Integration of all drone-based inspection data in inSite linked to existing asset management systems.
  • Remote boat-based under wharf condition assessments.
  • Remote underwater vehicles to inspect piles.
  • Bathymetric survey.
  • Thermography assessment of conveyors.
  • Confined space inspections of storage tanks and ship holds.

Waterways and Coastal

Drone inspection and data for coastal region.

Coastal areas worldwide are under threat from rising sea levels and erosion. UAVs offer a cost-effective and efficient means to monitor erosion patterns, helping in the development of mitigation strategies.

Drones are proven to provide a simple and cost-effective way of monitoring the stability of a coastline, river or erosion protection structures. With experienced waterway scientists on staff we understand the requirements of the data capture for analysis.

The aerial data captured by the drone is processed into a range of formats depending on the end-use of the data; from orthomosaic imagery in visible and near infra-red for vegetation and change assessments, through to full survey accurate 3D elevation models which are quick and easy to use for inspections and monitoring.

We have extensive history with:
  • Erosion monitoring and assessment of cliff stability.
  • Data capture to assess fluvial geomorphic processes and structural design.
  • Monitoring of coastal and intertidal vegetation and habitat and changes.
  • Stream/river management for habitat analysis.
  • Wetland analysis and volume assessments for environmental flow planning.
  • Monitoring post, and during, weather event damage such as floods, droughts or cyclones.
  • Condition monitoring and inspection of coastal structures such as seawalls, groynes and breakwaters.

Water Utilities

Water utility drone inspections.

Water utilities manage a vast array of assets to provide their potable water and wastewater services. Drone-based survey and inspection services offer huge time and cost efficiencies, as well as quantifiable safety benefits by removing the need for personnel to gain access to locations.

Focusing on the outputs, AUAV has experience with data capture using drones, submersibles and remote bathymetric survey boats. For marine infrastructure and utilities, drones offer a safer, quicker, and more cost-effective inspection method, identifying potential issues before they escalate.

Typical Services for Water Utilities Have Included:
  • Buildings, dam and spillway inspections.
  • Pipeline surveys and inspections.
  • Replacing confined space inspections with remote tracked vehicles.
  • Topographical surveys for dam-break modelling/simulations.
  • Feral animal mapping in closed catchments.
  • 3D tank modelling and inspections.
  • Aerial gas detection.
  • Stage storage analysis of reservoirs.
  • Internal inspections of tanks, pits and pipes.
  • Thermography to identify water leaks or electrical faults.
  • Stockpile surveys for annual reconciliation of bio-solids.

Getting More Out of Marine Inspections with Surfbee

The Surfbee is a state-of-the-art, unmanned surface vehicle (USV) designed specifically for conducting comprehensive marine inspections with efficiency and precision. It serves as an exceptional tool for various maritime sectors, including offshore industries, port authorities, environmental monitoring groups, and research institutions.

The Surfbee is a pivotal asset to AUAV’s range of marine inspections, and compliments our existing suite of commercial drones.

Clients: Coasts, Waterways and Marine

SMEC member of the Surbana Jurong Group logo.
Rio Tinto logo.
Flinders Ports logo.
Port of Melbourne Corporation logo.
Port of Newcastle logo.
North Queensland Bulk Port Corporation logo.
Engage Marine logo.
Corangamite CMA logo.
North East Catchment Management Authority.
Wimmera CMA logo.
Water Modelling Solutions logo.
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority logo.
BMT WBM logo.
Melbourne Water logo.
Shoalhaven Water - Council's Water Utility logo.
WaterNSW logo.
Wannon Water logo.
Hunter h2o logo.
Sunwater logo.
Murrumbidgee Irrigation logo.
Southern Downs Regional Council logo.
SeqWater - Water For Life logo.
Sydney Catchment Authority logo.
BECA logo.
Snowy Hydro logo.
Sydney Water logo.
WSP logo.

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