A drone is an unmanned aircraft controlled either by remote control or an on-board computer.

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Drones can be used for a number of tasks relevant to Council operations, including:

  • collection of aerial photography
  • aerial surveying
  • inspection of hard to access assets
  • promotional videos

Into the future drones may also play a role in maintaining and constructing assets.

The University of Leeds in the UK is currently working with the City of Leeds to develop maintenance drones and robots capable of repair things like potholes and broken street lights.

East Gippsland Shire Council

East Gippsland Shire Council is using drones for a number of purposes 13, including:

  • land surveys,
  • building surveys,
  • inspections of assets such as trees and bridges,
  • weed infestation identification,
  • natural disaster evaluations,
  • tourism videos.

East Gippsland is also one of the first Councils in Australia to develop a drone policy.

Noosa Shire Council

Noosa Shire Council is using drones for building condition assessments.7

Lake Macquarie City Council

Lake Macquarie City Council is using drones for shark surveillance.10

Western Downs Regional Council

Western Downs Regional Council is looking at a number of ways of using drones and is holding a Drone Industry Forum and UAV Challenge for the second time in 2018.

Yarra Ranges Council

Yarra Ranges Shire Council is using drones for tree inspections. 14

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External Links & References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Google Search
  3. Melbourne Water Drone Inspections
  4. How drones are poised to help build the cities of tomorrow - Gizmag (March 2015)
  5. Drones autonomously build a walkable rope bridge - Gizmag (September 2015)
  6. Researchers developing drones to autonomously repair the cities of the future - Gizmag (September 2015)
  7. Noosa using drones for building condition assessments
  8. Propelus Structural Inspection Page
  9. Altitude UAV
  10. Lake Macquarie UAV shark surveillance Program
  11. Measure Australia
  12. Dalby Drone Industry Forum and UAV Challenge
  13. Trained pilots ready to save council money
  14. A Drone's Eye View - Yarra Ranges Council
  15. Robots, drones and lasers to take over Brisbane's maintenance jobs - Brisbane Times (August 2017)
  16. 192 Future Uses for Flying Drones - Thomas Frey (September 2017)
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