Unmanned Aerial Vehicle {a.k.a Drone} Services

capturing imagery from new heights with the professionlism of a CAA 102 certificated operator

Aerial Imagery

UAVs fly at a low elevation which allows for high resolution aerial imagery. Pixel resolution is between 1 to 10 cm, allowing for every detail to be noticed.

3D Surface Models

Using advanced photogrammetry tools allows us to create a surface point cloud from our UAV imagery. This allows us to build a 3D model of just about anything that can be viewed from every angle.

Volumetric Analysis

From woodchip piles, log stacks, slope cut and fill to quarry stock pile volumes, the use of the UAV derived 3D models enable volumes and measurements to made in a timely and precise manner.

Live First Person Video

Live video from the UAV provides a unique perspective on operations. 

Multispectural Vegetation Imagery

Multispectral near-infrared imagery allows calculation of vegetation indexes such as NDVI and EVI to manage monitor plant growth and survival.

Thermal Imagery

Use of thermal aerial imagery after a forest fire allows targeted use of firefighting resources.

Fieldworker Drone Ready to Fly Kit

We work with you to operate your own drone for your organization.  This is a recipe for success including procedures and checklists to reduce the complexity and risk of your drone use as a field worker.

UAV Pilot Sklls Training and Wings Badge

This course is suitable for anyone wanting to get started in using drone technology as a tool in the forestry industry and rural fire sectors. 

Mapping Skills Courses

Learn to use Drone Deploy and Maps Made Easy for conducting small aerial mapping operations.  Designed for fieldworkers with only a little GIS knowledge, whereby they can use online mapping services to create aerial photography updates.

Out in Industry

Deriving DTM using Machine Learning from Drone SFM 3D Models

Another look at some of our offices for the day. This time our professional CAA 102 certified #UAV #drone teams completing an aerial survey of a forest area to be replanted over the winter. Providing updated #DTM using #machinelearning for deriving terrain models...

Drones, More than a Flight of Fancy in Forestry – NZ Logger Article

In Sept 2018, Interpine featured in the NZ Logger Magazine, profiling the work being conducted with UAV's / drones across the forest industry in New Zealand.   It's the way of the future.  And it's here now.   Next-generation foresters will grow up with drones in the...

Latest Forest Industry Drone Pilots Ready for Flight

Another group of 13 #foresters completing their #drone introductory wings badge CAR101 course with our #UAV team and Massey School of Aviation this week. Great to see adoption of drone technology as a tool and the forestry industry leading by example and adopting best...

Drone Based Industrial Inspections Helping the Pulp and Paper Industry

Another one of our teams offices for the day, our #Drone crews doing #industrial inspections in hard to reach places creating efficiencies across the #forestry supply chain for #pulping facilities in New Zealand.

Virtual Reality Forest Inventory – Tree Quality Assessment – May 2019 Update

Full Forest Inventory Tree Assessment using Virtual Reality (VR).   Data is collected using LiDAR and then field assessment is done within Virtual Reality.     Another iteration in the development of field assessment using VR using a point cloud collected from above...

3D Modelling Forest for Harvesting Productivity Studies

An example of structure from motion modelling of a forest just prior to harvest. This is a 3D point cloud generated from drone / UAV camera imagery, which is then used in studying the efficiency and productivity of harvesting operations. It is hard to step back and...

The Importance of GIS in Vegetation / Wildfire Events – ESRI RUC 2019

Patrick de Jong in our team presenting use of Esri #GIS during the Nelson Fires this last summer at the #ESRI Regional User Conference in Whakatane, April 2019. A great insight into the importance of GIS in emergencies and how our remote sensing team are involved.

So Proud of our Women, Working to Help Our Communities in Nelson Fires 2019

So proud of our women, working to help our communities during the recent 2019 Nelson fires, from Sarah being part of the Incident Management Team as their GIS mapping specialist, to Jayne piloting thermal sensor drones with Amber from Lake Okareka Rural Fire Force...

Thermal Infrared Pest Monitoring and Detection Using Drones

Drone / UAV flights at night for monitoring and assisting pest eradication operations at a Wildlife Sanctuary Reserve in Hawkes Bay. This shows the ability of a drone fitted with a high resolution thermal imaging camera, being able to locate, identify and then geo-tag...

Monitoring Traps Using Drones to Aid Pest Free New Zealand

Interpine Innovation helping New Zealand Predator Free 2050.   Monitoring of pests for the purposes of controlling or eradicating populations is a key component in management of wildlife sanctuary reserves throughout New Zealand. Interpine Innovation strives to not...

“Use of UAV’s for quantifying our stock pile volumes has been a great step forward in a timely and more accurate process wood fibre management. Interpine have provided a innovative service that shows the usefulness of UAV’s in the forest industry”

Richard Sherratt

EBOP Wood Supply Manager, Oji Fibre Solutions

“Fantastic use of UAV technology to deliver a timely and needed service for our quarries. Thanks to the Interpine team for introducing this technology to the Timberlands team, and we look forward to using UAV’s more in our forest management operations”

Cheryl Hindle

Team Leader - Forest Information, Timberlands Ltd

Frequently Asked Questions

What certification does Interpine hold for use of UAV's ?

Interpine hold Civil Aviation Authority CAR Part 102 certification.   Part 102 is based on the risk of the operations. Interpine have an  ‘exposition’ showing that we have identified hazards and risks of our operation, and ways they will mitigate those risks. Each applicant for a Part 102 is considered on its merit – this allows for the wide scope of operations made possible by RPAS. (more info: CAA Website http://www.caa.govt.nz/rpas/#Part_102)

Part 102 captures all unmanned aircraft that do not operate under Part 101. This includes any autonomous aircraft. The most common type of unmanned aircraft are remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). Again, for the purpose of the Civil Aviation Rules (CARs), a remotely piloted aircraft is: ‘an unmanned aircraft piloted from a remote station and includes a remotely controlled model aircraft’.

Any unmanned aircraft operation will introduce hazards and risks that will need to be managed. Certificate holders must have an operational Safety Management System (SMS). This is a crucial to the acknowledgement of all the potential hazards, the level of risk each hazard poses, and the measures that will be taken to mitigate these risks. The focus is on certificate holders demonstrating that their operations will be safe. The CAA Director will look at the people involved in the operation, the aircraft, and the scope of the operation. The Director must be satisfied that the operation is safe, and that the operator is able to mitigate and control the risks before issuing the certificate. This requires the application of extensive standard operating procedures (SOP). These SOP include a process for conducting a risk assessment on the type of operation, and the organisation intends to undertake.

Interpine currently hold endorsement for the following operations outside of CAA CAR Part 101.

  • Above 400 ft AGL
  • Night Operations
  • Operations in Low Flying Zones
  • Operations Over Persons and Property
  • Operations with Aircraft weighing up to 25kg take off weight
  • Operating within 4km of an aerodrome.

With operations managed for:

  • Aerial photography and videography
  • Aerial mapping
  • Aerial inspection
  • Scientific / Engineering Research
  • Forestry Support
  • Search and Rescue
  • Fire Fighting and Support
  • Police Operational Support
With endorsements for:
  • Pilot Training
  • UAS Support Crew and Observer
  • Firefighter UAS Training
What safety measures are in place while operating UAV's over our operations?

Our standard operating procedures are focused on safe operation of any of our UAV craft. Pilots undergo rigorous training and annual re-certification to operate.   Our operations operate under our CAA CAR Part 102 certification. Our craft are all fitted with emergency systems suitable for the type of operation being conducted.   In the event of an incident our public liability, aircraft and professional indemnity insurances are endorsed for operating UAVs for all our operations.

What insurances does Interpine hold specific to our drone operations ?

The following insurance is held and is endorsed for our UAV / Drone operations.

  • Specific Aviation Insurance specific to our drone operations to the value of $1 million.  
  • Public Liability Insurance to the value of $10 million with drone operations endorsement.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance to the value of $5 million for professional services delivery.  
  • Motor vehicle cover for 3rd party to $10 Million.
What camera sensors are available on our UAV's?

We operate a range of normal RGB, multi-spectral NIR and thermal IR resolution cameras.   These include dual thermal IR and RGB camera systems, and up to 30x optical and 180x digital zoom systems.    

What kind of projects are we involved with ?

We regularly update our blog / articles with a range of services and projects our UAV Drone team are involved with, and our clients have permitted us to share.  You will see some of these profiled in the “Out in Industry Link” above.   Else follow this link to review a full range of articles.

How do we activate our after hours operations, what is our contact details ?

If you are requesting our drone operations as part of a Fire and Emergency NZ, or  NZ Police response, our contact details are held by the COMCEN.   To activate a request for our services throughout NZ just ask for Interpine RPAS Drone Operations contact.   We have a range of contacts that remain available 24hrs.

If we didn't answer all of your questions, feel free to drop us a line anytime.