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Woody Debris Cleanup Supported with Drone Lidar

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Gisborne District Council is excited to announce a groundbreaking addition to the woody debris cleanup programme along the Waimatā River.

From an article in Scoop.

As part of this initiative, a specialised LiDAR drone is being deployed to measure volumes of large wood debris (LWD) in and around the river.

LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology allows for precise 3D mapping and measurement of objects on the ground.

The work is part of Council’s Government-funded woody debris clean-up programme which aims to reduce risk to communities and critical infrastructure such as bridges.

The larger-than-normal drone, equipped with LiDAR sensors, will capture detailed data about LWD distribution and volumes. The drone survey is currently underway, starting from the upper reaches of the Waimatā River.

The drone operators will soon reach city limits, covering critical areas where debris poses risks to infrastructure.

The larger drone may attract attention due to its size.

Council Community Lifelines Director Tim Barry acknowledges residents’ concerns about privacy, especially regarding backyard filming.

“Efforts will be made to minimise any inconvenience while prioritising accurate data collection.

“Operators will avoid flying over houses; however, this may be required in certain parts of the river. No footage or images will be taken of private property.”

For the complete article on woody debris cleanup CLICK HERE.

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