UAV Services

DJI Phantom 3
senseFly eBee

With Abacus Datagraphics’ Aerial Mapping Service, you can have your site mapping enhanced to a whole new level with high-resolution aerial imagery, 3-D modelling and georeferenced site maps. All of this data can even be viewed and distributed online within the AbaData 2.0 mapping system.

Using a combination of the senseFly eBee – a Swiss-made Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) – and a variety of Quadcopters our Aerial Mapping Service can provide high quality site imagery on demand, at a fraction of the price of traditional aerial imagery acquisition.

Our systems’ small size and easy deployment mean remote sites can be easily flown and a quick turnaround makes our Aerial Mapping Service perfect in critical situations where you need information and imagery fast.

Because Abacus has more than 20 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas Industry, we understand the needs of our clients and how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles can be used to enhance the products we deliver.

High Resolution Imagery

Aerial Image of a lodge
Aerial Image in the winter

The field services Abacus offers can be enhanced significantly with the addition of high-resolution aerial imagery.  Many of Abacus Datagraphics’ field personnel have been trained in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle deployment and can add UAV services to line locating, facility mapping, pipeline signage and pipeline depth-of-cover inspections at a fraction of the cost of alternative imagery acquisition methods.  Abacus has been working with UAVs for years and complies with all Transport Canada regulations to ensure safe and compliant operations.

Pipeline Depth of Cover

Pipeline Depth of Cover in AbaData

Abacus has developed the AbaDOC Smart Crossing System to bring the skills of various disciplines together for comprehensive pipeline watercourse crossing management services. Part of the AbaDOC System includes collecting high-resolution imagery of the watercourse crossing during the field visit. This imagery can be viewed on the AbaData 2.0 program as a detailed aerial image and a three-dimensional model is also created that highlights the land contours and displays the actual depth of the underground pipeline by viewing the model in profile view.

Watercourse Control Points

Determining the best location to contain spills that have entered moving watercourses is a critical step in containing releases and protecting the environment. Visiting potential watercourse control point sites can help in the assessment process, and combining that site assessment with a high-resolution aerial image of the Control Point can provide critical information to ensure the correct locations are selected.

In emergency situations, Abacus can deploy UAVs with video capability to provide a real-time assessment of the situation, streamed live to the Emergency Management Centre. This system can assist emergency responders make critical decisions based on the most current information possible.


Agricultural Field Assessment

Agricultural Field Assessment

UAVs open up new opportunities for precision agriculture by providing real-time assessments of plant health using near-infrared imagery. The geo-referenced images can be used to determine the exact locations of pest infestations for pesticide applications, or provide an accurate depiction of plant health for precision fertilizer application.

Field drainage issues can be very costly and Abacus Datagraphics’ Aerial Mapping Service can help provide an inexpensive but highly accurate field elevation profile. Even in wet spring conditions, the UAV can be launched without having to physically enter a field and the data collected can then be used with precision equipment to remedy drainage issues.

Volume Calculations

UAV Volume Calculation Visualization

UAV Volume Calculation Results

Traditional volume calculations on borrow pits or material stockpiles begin with the labour-intensive job of collecting field information at the site. Using various survey methods, point data is collected which then allows for the calculations of volumes. Using the high-resolution geo-referenced imagery collected by a UAV streamlines the process. Calculations can be generated based on the 3-D model generated by specialized software and because of the high number of sample images used to create the model, a high-level of accuracy can be attained. The time and cost savings realized by gathering the information with Abacus’ UAV services means more frequent calculations can be made at no additional expense and along with the calculations a historical imagery dataset will be built.