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Drones used for Asset Management

  • 1.  Drones used for Asset Management

    Posted 29-11-2017 08:00

    Hi All


    Are any councils or shires using a drone for any asset management activities?


    If so, what would be the main activates it would be used for?




    John Piercey
    Asset Management Officer

    S H I R E  of  W Y N D H A M  |  E A S T  K I M B E R L E Y
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  • 2.  RE: Drones used for Asset Management

    Posted 29-11-2017 13:55
    ​Hi John, I have been trying to document how Councils are using drones here -

    So far I know that:

    East Gippsland Shire Council is using drones for a number of purposes, including:

    • land surveys,
    • building surveys,
    • inspections of assets such as trees and bridges,
    • weed infestation identification,
    • natural disaster evaluations,
    • tourism videos.

    Noosa Shire Council is using drones for building condition assessments.

    Lake Macquarie City Council is using drones for shark surveillance.

    Western Downs Regional Council runs a Drone Industry Forum and UAV Challenge.

    Yarra Ranges Shire Council is using drones for tree inspections.



    Wayne Eddy
    Strategic Asset Planning Coordinator
    City of Whittlesea


  • 3.  RE: Drones used for Asset Management

    Posted 30-11-2017 14:33

    Hi John,


    The City of Launceston is using Drone technology for condition assessments of drainage outfalls e.g. flood levee infrastructure, tidal flap inspections, monitoring of potential land slips along detention basins and earth levee infrastructure.


    The drone is also used in survey for 3D modelling of buildings, 3D modelling for landfill sites to calculate volumes and also to identify areas of significant erosion. It's also handy to highlight and calculate areas of weed infestations and has proven to be a great tool by keeping the public up to speed with social media video clips of construction sites.  


    We have also recently used our drone to inspect one of our rivers, this was to check for bottle necks or potential blockages that may cause a damming effect upstream, as many of these locations would not allow us access by vehicle or on foot.


    Hope this give you some insight to what we are using our Drone for and the benefits from utilising this technology.





    Cory Robson I Spatial & Investigations Manager I City of Launceston

    T 03 6323 3515  M 0407 474 903



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  • 4.  RE: Drones used for Asset Management

    Posted 01-12-2017 13:38
    Good afternoon John

    We have a DJI Phantom 4 Pro which we have used to examine unstable cliffs, roofs and other building inspections, potential stream blockages, and sea wall inspections.


    Ricky Luke
    Asset Management Coordinator
    Glenelg Shire Council


  • 5.  RE: Drones used for Asset Management

    Posted 01-12-2017 13:39
    ​Good morning,
                            My Staff are using Drones to capture work progress of Councils western wetland renovation for the Waste Water Treatment Plant, also I hope to have the Water Services Team use the drone to locate rural potable water reticulation leaks.

    State of play with the potable reticulation leaks in the rural context is that there is a lot of leg work by way of hill climbing, fence hopping and wading through mud and slop, the drone will in effect become the eyes of the ground crew.

    I know the Roading Team are using the same drone where accessibility is an issue where say there are Road slips and so on

    Thank you
    Kindest regards
    David McKinley
    Services Manager
    Otorohanga District Council
    T (07) 873 4000 | DDI (07) 873 4377 | M 027 809 2300 | PO Box 11, Otorohanga 3940 |
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  • 6.  RE: Drones used for Asset Management

    Posted 05-12-2017 08:50

    Byron Shire is using drones for some asset inspections such as roadside retaining walls, retention basins and capital construction projects. The plant is hired out to other divisions as required. For example, beach monitoring. We also use a private company for shark monitoring.

    Regards Blyth Short
    Asset Management Coordinator


  • 7.  RE: Drones used for Asset Management

    Posted 07-12-2017 08:48
    ​The Toowoomba Regional Council uses a Drone for many reasons as follows

    1. building roof access to assess condition
    2. checking solar systems and heaters
    3. aerial shots over assets
    4. Useful for events captures of footage
    5. checking flag poles 150ft high
    6. inspecting City Safe cameras in hard to access positions
    7. media coverage footage

    The quality of the drone needs to be in accordance with the work required, cheap drone = poor images

    There are also height restrictions for their use in areas you need to check this in the state you require and other laws and of course the airports near by may need notice?

    Cheers Murray

  • 8.  RE: Drones used for Asset Management

    Posted 07-12-2017 08:49
    Griffith City Council is using a drone for
    • inspecting assets (water tanks, roofs etc),
    • planning and recording road and footpath construction
    • conducting B-Double turning path assessments
    • capturing footage to support grant funding applications


  • 9.  RE: Drones used for Asset Management

    Posted 08-01-2018 09:48
    Road Tek Rockhampton, an internal part of Department of Transport and Main Roads in Queensland have developed drones to inspect bridges , culverts and other marine structures .

    Their GM provided a presentation on this and the development of the drone and its components was very interesting from an engineering inspection point of view.

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  • 10.  RE: Drones used for Asset Management

    Posted 07-12-2017 08:47
    Hi John

    We are currently working with a couple of councils here is SA developing their own drone program under a ReOC.

    We find a lot of the drone flights by councils are sub 2kg operators and we assist in training and compliance of CASA Regulations. The fly a lot of building inspection, video for basic promotional etc. When needed when then assist at bigger projects like mapping etc.

    We find the biggest issue with organisations is the drone policy and procedures around risk mitigation. How to manage the program with different pilot of skill level and experience.

    CASA are waiting for the outcome of the senate enquiry at which time we expect all commercial operations will need to have some for of licensing etc. So expect to see an announcement on that in February March 2018.

    Any queries let me know


    Regional Director

    P 1300 SKY VIEW
    M +61 (0) 477 883 151


  • 11.  RE: Drones used for Asset Management

    Posted 12-12-2017 09:05
    Cheers for the replies, some great key points in the main activities SWEK could utilize a drone for.

    This will help in compiling a speel to pitch at the TPB.

    Thank you