We have completed over 100 unique projects since forming the company in 2014. Listed below are ten of our favorite projects that were completed using UAV (drone) technology.
Invasive Species Mapping – Parks Canada
The Gulf Island National Park is home to several rare species of plants. Unfortunately, they have been encroached on by invasive plants. As part of Parks Canada’s mandate to remove the invasive species, we mapped the area in extremely high resolution (1cm) to help them in their environmental management strategy. Also acquired oblique angle imagery for their website and social media marketing.
Silviculture Surveys – Western Forest Products
SuavAir has been silviculture surveying for Western Forest Products since 2015. We have surveyed over 5,000ha for them, completing 3,300ha of free growing surveys and 1,700ha of brush assessments. Our survey process is safer and offers a lower cost than traditional ground survey techniques. As professional foresters, all reports are RPF signed and stamped.
“SuavAir’s reports have always been accurate with good attention to detail. The imagery has allowed us to make better forest management decisions.” – Carolina Silva RPF, Area Forester
Gravel Spawning Monitoring – BC Hydro & Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)
In the summer of 2016, 1800m2 of gravel was introduced to the Campbell River in historical breeding teritory for Chinook and Coho salmon. However, due to extremely heavy rainfall and the resulting highflows, much of the gravel was displaced downstream. SuavAir was hired to document the entire process, from before the gravel was placed (July 2016) all the way through to the gravel being displaced (December 2016). Using a polar lens to penetrate the water surface, we were able to survey the site for our client’s to determine the best management strategy going forward.
NI Hospitals Project – VI Health Authority
The North Island Hospital Project is constructing two new hospitals on Vancouver Island, one in Campbell River and one in Courtenay. SuavAir has provided imagery on scheduled intervals to provide a time lapse of the ongoing changes in construction. Imagery has been used for contractor planning, monitoring, and updates to the general public.
“SuavAir is a pleasure to work with. These guys are creative, innovative and responsive to the challenges of telling the story of our hospital construction project.” – Dan Maclennan, Communications Officer
Oyster River – Strathcona Regional District
The Oyster River is subject to annual flooding, creating erosion and changing riverbank conditions. SuavAir was hired to create maps for the river during two seasons, fall of 2016 and winter of 2017 for change detection.
“The ability to capture imagery of undermined/unstable river bank edges and coastal erosion areas is an invaluable data collection technique. The unique perspective afforded by the UAV was previously unavailable. Comparisons of this data, over time, should prove enlightening and will provide invaluable insight into change detection and mitigation planning.” – Douglas Sauer, GIS Analyst
Wetland Habitat – NW Wildlife Preservation Society
The NW Wildife Preserve rehabilitated three sanctuary ponds in a wetlands reserve to improve bird habitat. SuavAir produced a high resolution 3 cm map to document the restoration success. We also recorded photos and videos to show the stakeholders the completed project.
Sawmill Mapping – WFP Manufacturing
Western Forest Products operates six mills on Vancouver Island. To improve the logistics and safety of the sites, they required overhead imagery. SuavAir flew all six sites and provided imagery that helped safety managers identify areas of improvement for worker safety. High resolution maps were used as a planning tool to improve work flows for higher production.
“The feedback from the managers has been very good as to the quality of the product. It has helped with traffic flow productivity and job safety breakdowns.” -Mark Haupt, Health and Safety Officer
Water Resource Monitoring – Comox Valley Regional District
The management of water resources in the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is very important to all users. We have been contracted on multiple occasions to produce maps and imagery to determine the movement of sedimentation to aid in manager’s decisions. The imagery can determine the source and location of sediment quicker and safer at a lower cost than traditional methods.
Raptor Nest ID – WFP North Island
Locating and protecting raptor nests is essential for environmental management of biodiversity on the landscape. There have been several scenarios where suspected nests had been identified but not confirmed from the ground. SuavAir has worked with a biologist to develop a SOP for working around nests to help identify if nests are present, and if they are still inhabited by raptors.
“The small scale and maneuverability of the drone enabled it to capture extremely close-up HD imagery from 360 degrees around the nest tree without disturbing the nest.” -Michael White RPF, Field Planner
Dry Land Sort Environmental Planning – Taan Forest
Ongoing maintenance and monitoring of dry land sorts is important to mitigate environmental impacts. Using a combination of UAVs and ground truthing, we were able to assess 5 dry land sorts for any environmental compliance issues and create high resolution maps with recommendations to resolve any problems. The UAV imagery was also helpful in mapping the adjacent woody debris landfills and determining the remaining volume capacity.