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Street Address:
24 Darlot Street, Horsham, 3400
(enter via Gleed St)

Postal Address:
PO Box 479, Horsham, VIC, 3402
Phone: (03) 5382 1544
Fax: (03) 5382 6076
Email: wcma@wcma.vic.gov.au
 
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Ground-breaking drone trial in Horsham

Aug 31, 2018
Drones are becoming a familiar sight in our skies with more and more individuals, businesses, government departments and organisations tapping into the technology.

The latest to try it in Western Victoria is Wimmera Catchment Management Authority who will start a ground-breaking trial in Horsham early next week. The CMA is testing drone technology’s potential to improve emergency response planning for floods.

Drones will fly over residential streets along the Wimmera River to test if the drones can increase the amount of up-to-date information compared with traditional survey methods which record information such as floor levels. The drones will also capture accurate and detailed topographic data.

Wimmera CMA floodplain management team leader Paul Fennell said these drones could capture accurate three-dimensional detail to a quality never considered possible.

“Drone technology is becoming more and more sophisticated which opens up a vast range of possibilities in many fields including emergency response,” he said. “Historically we’ve used surveyors to capture floor level information for flood planning which can be laborious, time-consuming and a significant cost. This particular technology records data we can view similar to Google street view but the key difference is that we can measure the height of all points that we can see.”

Mr Fennell said the CMA was keen to test the accuracy of the drone’s altitude measurement and topography data.

“We are looking forward to seeing if this is a more effective way to capture floor level information along with the topography of a particular area. We will then ascertain if we can utilise these drones for data that we can easily overlay onto flood maps, which will then help us plan more effectively for future flood events.”

Mr Fennell said the CMA and the firm undertaking the flights had worked with Horsham Rural City Council and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for the trial. He said if anyone had any questions to please call him on 5382 1544.