Industries we support
At Terra Recon, we have the capability to support a wide range of industries, ranging from construction to security and from adventure to energy. Our thermal camera (FLIR) equipped aircraft permit us to conduct a broad range of activities, especially at night.
The employment of drones has not yet been fully explored and we always seek new applications that will assist our client's workflow.
The construction industry is perhaps the largest consumer of drone services. Ranging from 3D modelling to volumetric measuring and aerial photography to survey, the applicability of drone functions in construction is endless.
Inspection is a specific task that lends itself exceptionally well to drone operations. The elimination of ladders, scaffolding and even helicopters from the conventional method offers great improvements in safety, time and cost.
Drones make the production of weekly progress maps far quicker, easier and less costly than traditional methods. They also facilitate greater and easier information exchanges between construction companies and their clients, boosting overall efficiency and communication.
Survey and Mapping
Drones excel at rapidly acquiring data from vantage points that are inaccessible to humans. When surveying challenging terrain, drones preclude the necessity for human operators to physically access and measure points in hazardous or difficult-to-reach locations.
Additionally, while traditional surveying methods require meticulous measurement, preparation, and planning, drones can capture comparable data in dramatically shorter timeframes.
Employing our SUAS that are Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) enabled aircraft, very high resolution can be achieved with a typical accuracy of 1.5cm.
Energy industry sectors, such as solar, wind, oil and gas, rely on inspections to maintain safety standards and to effectively ensure uninterrupted power but carrying out those inspections can consume significant resources in both time and money.
With drones inspecting utility sites, damage on everything from wind turbines to solar panels can be identified rapidly, enabling potential problems to be addressed before they are compounded. Abnormalities and damage can be pinpointed and assessed and progress can be monitored using the appropriate technology - from orthomosaics, to elevation data and 3D maps.
Security & Military
Drones can be readily incorporated into existing security systems as operational enhancements. An “eye in the sky” is a powerful tool, as a drone can cover a large area in a short period of time, economically, without the need to deploy personnel, significantly decreasing human risks. In military terms this is part of Ground Reconnaissance.
Forward-Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) equipped drones can operate at night as well as day, and at a safe and discreet distance to identify and monitor hostile activities until the intervention of security staff. Drones are particularly useful in monitoring the security of long, linear assets such as facility perimeters, pipelines, highways, and powerlines.
Subject to UK government approvals, Terra Recon has the capability to train security forces, both at home and overseas, in the tactical use of UAV/drones in security and military roles. For details please contact us.
Operational Surveillance is the act of monitoring a target or enemy activities through stand-off observation. Typical subjects or targets include personnel, routes and places. At tactical level, stand off UAV/drones, can provide a good overview, in real-time of an operational setting especially at night.
In the event of contact with enemy, stand-off UAV/Drones procive a constant stream of intelligence from which informed, command decisions can be made.
Ground reconnaissance the collection of intelligence that typically involves routes, areas, zones (terrain-oriented); and the enemy (force-oriented). Ground reconnaissance is considered to be the most effective type of reconnaissance in obtaining information about the terrain and enemy.
The deployment of tactical UAV/drones are a very effective and safe method of gaining close, tactical intelligence rapidly, providing a clear operational advantage.
Explosive Ordnance Reconnaissance (EOR)
Explosive Ordnance Reconnaissance (EOR) consists of the detection, investigation, location, verification, identification and reporting of Explosive Ordnance, including Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
The use of tactical UAV/drones provides critical, real-time intelligence to the IEDD operator about the route to and from the suspect IED, the possibility of secondary devices and to acquire close-up photography and videography of the suspect IED prior to remote or manual approach.
The aim of Building Clearance is to identify, remove and/or destroy all Explosive Ordnance (EO) present within the building that is suspected or confirmed to contain EO. Building
Clearance is based upon a thorough Threat Assessment and the correct
application of the relevant search procedures.
The principle of "remote means first" applies equally to building clearance. Drones cay carry payloads such as zoom cameras, Infra-red cameras and lighting, which enable all areas of of a building to be visually searched prior to human entry.
Drones are an invaluable asset to First Responders such as the Fire and Rescue Service, Search and Rescue, and the Police.
Drones can cover a large area in a short period of time economically facilitating all types of searches, especially in hostile terrain and in hazardous conditions. Drones can also map incident scenes rapidly, providing critical and timely intelligence to support investigations.
Infra-Red FLIR technology can help locate and identify hotspots in fires and also locate missing persons in the dark.
The documentation of adventures and reconnaissance benefit immensely from aerial photography and videography. Drones can operate in most conditions, within their design parameters and can provide an invaluable short and long term planning capability.
Drones deployed on adventure have to be portable. The camera must deliver broadcast-quality video and it should feature strong target tracking technology. Consideration has to be given to the need for battery charging and the provision of essential spare parts to ensure uninterrupted drone operations.
For reconnaissance tasks, high-resolution imagery and mapping can be produced as well as Digital Elevation Models (DEM) of the terrain.