Challenging Terrain

Wedgemount Creek IPP

MISSION PROFILE

Pre/Post Construction Topography

British Columbia is known for having extreme terrain, which can lead to many challenges acquiring survey data using traditional methods. A hydroelectric run of the river penstock project at Wedgemount Creek in Whistler BC had been attempted before, but with the project having over 650 meters of elevation change through hard to access and steep terrain, the project was eventually abandoned. Spitfire drone survey’s client which specializes in rugged mountainous terrain construction was contracted to complete the project that was already attempted once before.

‍Point Cloud Flythrough

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Photogrammetry Technology

For this project, we used drone-based photogrammetric scanning to provide the client with rapid insights on their project.

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Challenging Terrain

The goal for this project was to acquire accurate and reliable ground data of the proposed corridor and access routes. This corridor included areas of steep and unstable slopes, variable brush coverage and vertical rock faces. The final digital ground model was a key piece of data for the re-design of the penstock pipe.

Our Process

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Preparation

We start by understanding your project needs and target output. We will review the location to ensure safe and legal flight and verify any regulatory requirements.

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Scanning

We will arrange to be on site at the optimal times during your project to capture the initial scan and subsequent progress update. Our team of certified and insured pilots will ensure minimal disruption to site activity.  

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Data Processing

After the flight, we process and data and prepare it for your use. We provide the appropriate file types and formatting to fit your workflow.

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Quality Assessment

Independent measurements collected from traditional survey techniques are compared to our processed product to confirm our data is accurate.

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Deliverable Generation

Using our product from the data processing, we generate deliverables catering to our clients’ individual needs, including digital terrain models, grading plans, earthworks reports, monitoring reports, various point cloud classifications, 3D design overlay and integration of high precision total station/survey grade GPS measurements with aerial survey data.

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Scanning

We will arrange to be on site at the optimal times during your project to capture the initial scan and subsequent progress update. Our team of certified and insured pilots will ensure minimal disruption to site activity.

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Data Processing

After the flight, we process and data and prepare it for your use. We provide the appropriate file types and formatting to fit your workflow.

4

Quality Assessment

Independent measurements collected from traditional survey techniques are compared to our processed product to confirm and our data is accurate.

5

Deliverable Generation

Using our product from the data processing, we generate deliverables catering to our clients’ individual needs. Deliverables include but are not limited to point clouds, digital models, and survey drawings.

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"Spitfire delivers data that is responsive to our needs and catered to our workflow as an architecture firm, capturing what traditional surveys miss and enabling us to effectively site our projects to suit any given context."

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“We recently chose to have Spitfire Drone Survey look after all of our project completion quantity verifications.We have been thrilled with the services they offer, they are fast, professional and provide quality end products that we are happy to share with our customers.To top it all off they provide their services at a very reasonable price. I would highly recommend their services, the finished results exceeded our expectations.”

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