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

Monitoring Traps Using Drones to Aid Pest Free New Zealand

Monitoring of pests for the purposes of controlling or eradicating populations is a key component in management of wildlife sanctuary reserves throughout NZ.     This is an example of our drone teams monitoring traps across a wildlife reseverse at the Cape Sanctuary...

Improving the Modelling of Forest Harvesting through Drones Studies

Developing tree breakage models is a key parameter in the modelling of forest yield.   To model the height at which a stem breaks during harvesting and before log-making can start, allows for correct allocation of recoverable stem volume in which logs can be made...

Graduates of our Drone training succeeding out in the forest

Great to see graduates of our fly your own drone for foresters programme using these new effective tools out there in the forest. Acacia Farmery completed our CAA Part 101 drone operators training and earned her “CAA Wings Badge” certification. Acacia Farmery readies...

Demostration of Virtual Reality Forest Inventory at ForestTech 2018

Interpine team recently presented and demonstrated at ForestTech 2018 the use of virtual reality for in forest inventory.   While the system can use terrestrial LiDAR the focus was on using utra dense point clouds from airborne sensors flying above the tree canopy....

Renewal of CAA CAR102 Drone Operations Certification for Next 5 Years

Congratulations to our team for a successful audit and re-certification of our drones operations working under the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of NZ.      The team showed their professionalism and attention to detail throughout the re-certification process and this...

Meet the Team at ForestTech 2018

Interpine will again be along at ForestTech 2018, being held in Rotorua and Melbourne this November.   Come along and hear about our latest advances in Virtual Reality, LiDAR and Drone applications across the forest industry.

Use of UAV / Drones for Wildfire Operations Profiled at WAFA Conference in Wellington

Patrick and Chris from our UAV / Drone operations and remote sensing team presenting at Women & Fire Fighting Australasia Inc Conference 2018 in Wellington this week.  They were part of a workshop series at Wellington airport hanger looking at highlighting Air...

Tree Seedling Delivery using Drones becomes a Reality

#Drone / #UAV #Tree #Seedlings #Delivery for #Forestry #Plantation establishment in steep hill country in #NewZealand. Significant reduction in risk of slip, trip, fall and back strain incidents while increasing productivity through reduced downtime. While pizza...

Multispectral Mapping of Invasive Aquatic Weed Using Drones / UAV

ESRI StoryMap of Drone UAV based Invasive Lake Weed Mapping and Management for Hydropower Generation. In this example our UAV team are mapping the area of surface weed (Lagarosiphon and Hornwort) beds or floating rafts on Lake Rotoaira, New Zealand. ...

UAV / Drone Insights – Gravity Roller Crushing Supervision

An example video of using #RPAS / #Drone / #UAV technology for supervision and safe behavior observations during a gorse conversion project for the establishment plantation #forestry in New Zealand. A single rope gravity #roller #crusher is being used in this case....

“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.