UAV Aerial Survey - Training - Consulting

Photography by 43 Degrees North

 

Vancouver Harbour Flight

Vancouver Harbour Flight

Aerial Photography

From Ontario to British Columbia, 43 Degrees North has flown it. Providing timely and professional services using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, we deliver on time and on budget. Together with our partner companies, we can also offer aerial photography/LiDAR surveys with full size certified aircraft for large area surveys.

Managing Operations

Managing Operations

UAV contract pilot

If your company is unable to meet your flight needs, contact 43 Degrees North for pilot services. With 5+ years experience with multiple UAV's, a private pilot's license and soon to be awarded a Transport Canada Commercial Pilot's License, we can meet your needs.

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data processing

Have your data capture covered, but need to process orthophotos, point clouds, digital terrain models, volumes and topographic base maps? 43 Degrees North can assist with quick turn around times. We can provide base data for your plans and reports or final deliverables.

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aerial survey ground support

If you lack the resources or timings to send in ground crews for targeting or QA/QC surveys, let 43 Degrees North help. We've established well over 10,000 photo control points coast-to-coast. Whether you need pre-flight targets or post-flight photo ID points established, 43 Degrees North is up to the task. 

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training & consulting

43 Degrees North has 20+ of years experience in training course development, management and implementation as well as the delivery of direct customer training. We can provide an easy paced and professional environment that is geared towards your current level of understanding, experience and challenges. We've delivered courses from general surveying, GNSS applications & procedures through to UAV ground & flight schools. 

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terrestrial surveys

43 Degrees North has 30+ years experience in the land surveying industry providing all manner of services from construction layout, precise control, pre-engineering and as-built surveys.  If you are looking for a competent and professional service provider, let 43 Degrees North be your trusted source.

Providing support for natural resource extraction and environmental monitoring.

 

Whether your company is extracting resources, supporting extraction, or providing environmental, engineering and survey support for these operations, 43 Degrees North stands by to assist. Let us help by providing surveying and aerial mapping to supply you with quality data to support your decision making process.  

 

 
Processing facility

Processing facility

Aggregate Resources

Aggregate Resources

Treatment - Recovery - Disposal Facility

Treatment - Recovery - Disposal Facility

Moving oil sands

Moving oil sands

UAV flights in a dense urban envrionment

 

Working with Transport Canada and Nav Canada to obtain a Special Flight Operation Certificate was complex and rewarding - especially when you see the results. Working with our partners in the mapping industry, 43 Degrees North was able to safely fly the shoreline of Burrard Inlet and create base mapping to mitigate shoreline erosion due actions caused by climate change.

 

 
Secure container terminal Port of Vancouver

Secure container terminal Port of Vancouver

Marine rescue and sanctuary on the docks

Marine rescue and sanctuary on the docks

Shoreline conditions

Shoreline conditions

When UAV's won't do

 

The mark of a true professional is knowing what technology to use at the right time. Having been contacted to provide a UAV survey of a mountain face that is subject to constant avalanches, I felt that utilizing that technology may not be the best approach. Firstly, the area to over flown would be the Trans Canada Highway as well as a very busy resort. Secondly, the terrain has a vertical change of almost 2000’ in less than 1000’ - this would be quite the scale differential not to mention the minimum requirements of any SFOC holder - no over flights of roads (especially busy ones), structures as well as being able to maintain VLOS! Since this projected had immediate time lines, applying for a site specific SFOC was not a viable option.

The solution? I utilized a Bell Jet Ranger, a handheld digital camera and a steady hand. Oblique images were captured and ground control targets were set along the highway and on the eastern portion of the mountain face where a service road had been built. After processing images and point clouds the results obtained were a 0.18 metre vertical accuracy and a pretty decent orthophoto image.

 

 
3 Valley Resort with avalanche chute in background

3 Valley Resort with avalanche chute in background

Colourized point cloud

Colourized point cloud

Another of many avalanche chutes and its proximity to the road surface

Another of many avalanche chutes and its proximity to the road surface

Bell Jet Ranger on-site

Bell Jet Ranger on-site

Sustut & Skeena River Aerial Mapping

 

Located along the abandoned Dease Lake railway line that runs along the Skeena and Sustut rivers. This was another GeoBC inventory mapping project that required helicopter transport as the only means to enter into this remote section of the north-central British Columbia interior. Surrounded by rugged mountains and glaciers, this project came in on-time and on-budget.

 

 
Along the north-eastern limit of the project

Along the north-eastern limit of the project

The only mode of transport

The only mode of transport

Gravel bars are the only area clear enough to set the chopper down and set a target

Gravel bars are the only area clear enough to set the chopper down and set a target

The daily commute wasn’t too bad, not much traffic

The daily commute wasn’t too bad, not much traffic

Aerial photography mission for north Vancouver Island, BC.

 

GeoBC's fundamental mission is to provide information to better help manage British Columbia's natural resources. Aerial photography was flown during the summer of 2017 in the north Vancouver Island area of BC requiring acquisition of post-flight ground control points. Most photo ID points were located in the remote north island. The beauty of the north island is astounding.

 

 
Gold River Inlet on the west coast of the island

Gold River Inlet on the west coast of the island

Winter Harbour

Winter Harbour

Gateway to the Wild West Coast - Port Alice

Gateway to the Wild West Coast - Port Alice

Successful end of the job with a beautiful sunset to go

Successful end of the job with a beautiful sunset to go