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.

Drone LiDAR

Interpine can also capture LiDAR using our Emesent Hovermap SLAM LiDAR sensor.

Out in Industry

LiDAR Scanning Forests at Younger Age for Tree Selection Trials

Studying #trees early in their #forest rotation for selection is key to improving our #forests of the future. #3D #measurement for #stem form in young #trees using #SLAM #LiDAR generating a #virtual #3DForest duplicate. This is the same tree which has been #digitally...

Colourised LiDAR View of our Rotorua Head Office From Hovermap Backpack

#3D #pointcloud colourised view of our Rotorua Head Office as we put to work the #Hovermap #LiDAR from Emesent.  Our team were also out scanning a range of permanent sample plots, some of which were close to 50m tall #radiata pine. These were scanned in 3D from a walk...

A Glimpse of Interpine’s Thermal Drones and their Sensors Capability

Interpine operates a range of thermal sensors on our fleet of UAV's (Unmanned aerial vehicles).   Just a quick look at some of the sensors and their capability. Thermal Infrared Sensors The DJI Zenmuse XT2 sensor (shown above on our Matrice 210 RTK Drone), is a FLIR...

Adding the Emesent Hovermap SLAM LiDAR Solution to our Services

We are proud to have recently purchased the Emesent #Hovermap #Hovermap #LiDAR simultaneous location and mapping #SLAM) solution to better serve our clients. This unit enhances our #forest #inventory, #drone #UAV and LiDAR services providing a glimpse that the future...

Operational Immersive Visualisation and Measurement of Dense Point Cloud Data in Forest Inventory

Interpine starts a new 2-year project working with Forest Wood Products Australia on operational immersive visualisation and measurement of dense point cloud data in forest inventory.   This new project extends on work started in 2016, and involves working alongside...

Our 15 Year Journey with LiDAR Presenting as Keynote Speaker at Arizona LiDAR Virtual Symposium

Our remotesensing team leader, Sarah Pitcher-Campbell is looking forward to presenting as the keynote speaker at the LIDAR Virtual Symposium hosted by the Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC) tomorrow, looking at how LiDAR is used throughout NZ.

Webinar – Explore the Use of HoverMap LiDAR for Forest Inventory

Emesent Hovermap's versatility, ease of use and data quality are set to be a game-changer for forestry management. On Thursday the 14 of May we are teaming up with Emesent, to bring you a webinar focused on the applications of Hovermap for forestry resource inventory...

Conducting Tree Nursery Seedling Inventories Using Drones

Have You Got Enough Trees in Your Tree Nursery for this Planting Seasons Orders? Interpine continues to fly its drones for forest nursery owners to provide a complete inventory of the seedlings in stock.   While traditional approaches have been based on sampling the...

New Year, New Skills? Start Using Drones in Your Job, Next Course 16-20 March 2020

New Year, New Skills? Start using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV / Drones / RPAS) across the forestry, environmental, industrial and rural fire sectors. This 5-day Wings Badge course is a partnership between Massey University School of Aviation and Interpine Innovation...

New Forest Scanning Systems Tested

For the love of #trees, our teams love of #Environment #Forestry and #LiDAR combine with our recent work to step up virtual #forest #inventory with new scanning systems and analysis techniques. Our team continues to innovate in the assessment of...

“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.  We also have drone-based LiDAR using our Emesent Hoverap LiDAR units.

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.