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Cyberhawk adds Land Surveying from the air to its Industrial Inspection Offering

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Cyberhawk, the leading provider of aerial industrial inspection services using Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicles (ROAVs), has launched a land surveying division to its service offering.

The company is the first in the UK to offer professional land surveying services using a combination of fixed-wing and multi-rotor ROAVs.

The services have been carefully developed by the company following extensive work with a leading electricity generation company and this innovative service is now benefiting companies in the renewables, utility, mining and forestry sectors.

The Land Survey department provides topographic surveys that are quicker to acquire and higher resolution than those achieved by traditional survey methods. In addition to the topographic data, Cyberhawk also supply high-resolution and up-to-date aerial photography as an added benefit to the service. Oblique panoramic images taken from up to 120m above the ground give a unique overview and an understanding of the sites scale and setting. While vertical photography is overlaid on elevation models to show topographic features and surface types. The photography resolution can be up to 2.5cm/pixel, as opposed to Google maps where the resolution can often be 25cm/pixel. This puts Cyberhawk’s imagery streets ahead of Google with the added advantage of being up-to-date.

A Cyberhawk land survey can cover more than 100 hectares in a day and generate more than 3 million points of detail. In comparison, traditional survey methods using ground-based total station instruments or GPS may observe 1000 points of detail in a day. It all means that Cyberhawk can cover much larger areas, in less time and in far greater detail.

Leading the development of the service is Cyberhawk’s Land Survey Manager, Stuart Thomas, a veteran of the land surveying industry having worked in the UK, USA and Australia for over 20 years. Speaking about the pioneering service, Stuart says:

“The use of unmanned aerial vehicles in acquiring topographic information takes surveying to a new level. The combination of accurate elevation data and incredibly detailed photography provide our clients with the additional information they need to make the best decisions on their sites and projects. Our ROAV systems provide a very efficient way to survey large tracts of land without any of the cost and disturbance of manned aircraft or the slow progress of traditional land surveyors.”
Notes to Editors

Cyberhawk was established in 2008 and has a highly experienced management team, drawn from the oil and gas, industrial inspection, engineering, land surveying, health and safety sectors.

For further information please visit www.cyberhawkinnovations.co.uk call +44(0)1506 592 187 or email sales@cyberhawkinnovations.co.uk

Media enquiries to:

Ryan Smith/Chris Glen (+ 44 (0)7977 229469)
Sigma Communications


NB: Hi-res images (300 dpi) are available on request from Sigma Communications as above.

SURVEY IMAGES FROM CYBERHAWK (available from Dropbox)

1. DEM Folder



The image shows a digital elevation model (DEM). This data was been generated using advanced photogrammetric techniques from aerial images acquired by fixed-wing UAV. Image 1, is a three-dimensional model with accurate positions and levels. This data is compatible with all standard GIS and 3D Design applications. The data can be used to perform volumetric analysis, civils design and 3D visualisations.

The other images in this folder are overlaid with HD photos:




2. Oblique Panoramic Folder

Image: SSE11138_Ft Augustus_Pan_07_web.jpg


Oblique photo showing an SSE substation under construction near Fort Augustus. A multi-rotor UAV was used to acquire the images. GPS positioning allows the UAV to return to the same point to capture subsequent images. The imagery was taken at 6 month intervals to show construction progress.

Other images:


3. Orthophoto Folder

Image Google Earth4_web.jpg

This shows an inset of an HD image taken by Cyberhawk, set against a Google Earth image.


Vertical aerial images are processed using advanced photogrammetric software to generate a scalable and georeferenced ortho-image.

These images are highly detailed with resolutions of 2.5cm achievable. The imagery is much more up to date than off-the-shelf imagery. Orthophotos can be used for site selection, construction progress or for 3D visualisations in conjunction with digital elevation data.

Other images:



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