Skycatch is a company that specializes in using drones for capturing, analyzing, and visualizing aerial data. We have developed our own photogrammetry platform, called DataHub, for the accurate and fast visualization of drone-captured inputs as well as a sophisticated GNSS-SFM hardware and software called Edge1 which allows for highly accurate positioning data while allowing for the rapid turnaround of drone captures to ortho mosaics, point clouds, and elevation maps while on site.
Despite Skycatch’s primary focus on industries such as construction, mining, and infrastructure, the technology and solutions it provides can be used for environmental purposes.
Here are a few ways Skycatch can be used for environmental applications:
Land and Habitat Monitoring
Drones, like Explore1 and Explore2, featuring advanced high-resolution cameras and sensors, have the capacity to capture intricate imagery and data pertaining to land and habitat conditions. With DataHub, Skycatch’s proprietary photogrammetry platform, this valuable information can then be leveraged to actively monitor and evaluate the well-being of ecosystems, detect alterations in vegetation patterns, and assess the influence of human activities on natural environments.
Environmental Impact Assessment
Skycatch's ability to collect aerial data presents an opportunity to perform environmental impact assessments for a range of projects. Through the capture of aerial imagery and data, it becomes feasible to examine and comprehend the potential environmental implications associated with proposed ventures, including construction projects, alterations in land use, and infrastructure development.
Forest Management and Conservation
Utilizing drones for forest monitoring and management can significantly enhance efficiency. Skycatch's technology offers the ability to acquire real-time data on crucial aspects such as forest health, tree density, and potential threats like disease outbreaks or illegal logging.
For example, using the very high-resolution orthos from DataHub as stitched from quality photos taken by drones like the Explore1 and Explore2, any changes from the environment or forestlands can be easily determined. The extent of deforestation damage can be mapped for legal and regulatory purposes easily.
This valuable information serves as a foundation for developing effective forest management strategies, implementing conservation initiatives, and promptly detecting early signs of forest degradation.
Environment Research and Development
Skycatch's aerial data collection capabilities offer valuable opportunities for scientific research and mapping projects. By utilizing drones, high-resolution imagery and geospatial data can be captured, enabling researchers to conduct detailed studies of landscapes, ecosystems, and environmental phenomena. This data becomes instrumental in various applications such as mapping biodiversity, investigating the impacts of climate change, analyzing changes in land cover, and providing support for ecological research endeavors.
As mentioned before, Skycatch offers drones like Explore1 and Explore2. But that’s not all, Skycatch also offers its own base-station/GNSS receiver - photogrammetry processing hardware and software within Edge1.
Since accuracy and precision is imperative in research, having reliable positioning data incorporated into photogrammetry outputs, is a must.
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Skycatch’s Explore1 / Explore2, Edge1, and EdgePlus, together with DataHub - our photogrammetry processing and visualization platform, all disaster monitoring, risk assessment, and management can be performed either offsite or on-site. Since time to data is very important whenever in disaster situations, being able to acquire complete outputs within a few hours of a drone flight can potentially save lives and reduce environmental damage by adding timely information to decision-making processes.
It is crucial to note that the applications and methodologies of Skycatch's technology for environmental purposes are contingent on various factors. These include the specific objectives of the project, the types of sensors and equipment employed, and the expertise of the users responsible for interpreting and analyzing the collected data. These factors significantly influence the specific ways in which Skycatch's technology can be utilized and the value it can provide in addressing environmental challenges.