Council makes good use of drones

The drone’s view of recent revetment work at Two Mile Creek, Waihi Beach. Supplied photo.

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Aerial drones are proving their worth in recording progress on the Two Mile Creek project in Waihi Beach.

Project Manager Su Young Ko says drones have been invaluable in recording the before and after work on the creek - not only for the council’s records, but to give residents a clearer picture of the project’s progress.

"We flew drones over the creek in February before work began, then in April to record the project’s half-way mark. We will put them up again this month to get the final picture of the completed work."

Protection of a special ’tui tree’ on a resident’s property was one of the trickier challenges, says Su Young.

"Keeping the tree was not easy as we had to make changes to the alignment of the revetment. The machine operator from Beach Contractors did a great job in carefully placing the rocks around the tree to protect its wellbeing. We are thrilled the tree is healthy and enjoying its tui visitors."

The project was completed in July and is within budget. Funding for the project is split 25/75 per cent between landowner contributions and the council.

The rock revetment has been completed on both sides of the creek banks and a training groyne built. The rock structure has been finished with timber geotextile fabric anchoring and grouted walls have been completed to tie into the Dillon Street bridge abutments.

The Western Bay of Plenty District Council is using drones as a recording tool for several projects, and has also been used by the council communications team for the photo of the Uretara suspension bridge and the Omokoroa cycleway.

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@ Dbunk

Posted on 14-08-2017 11:19 | By Papamoaner

Dbunk shared his perception of we who have nothing to say, then said nothing! Or was it just meant to be humour?


Posted on 14-08-2017 08:31 | By dbunk

Classic example of punters having nothing to say so just blubbering out some meaningless crap, Papamoaner - Your name hardly sounds like a worker bee of a human and Capt_Kaveman - really living up to your name there, suppose you shoot lasers at aircraft that fly over your house (cave as well?)


Posted on 13-08-2017 21:20 | By old trucker

With by rosbo, makes me wonder too, VERY CRAFTY,and by the way they probably pay big bucks for this work, me tinks that other Govt,. parties are doing just this, and all kept hushed up, imagine if we did this to them, gosh there would be a up roar, and invasion of privacy chucked at us, but we have too remember law for them and one for us, my thoughts only on this, remember readers ,Sunlive WON the BEST news In NZ, they are AWESOME , thankyou, 10-4 out. phew.


Posted on 13-08-2017 17:38 | By Capt_Kaveman

one over my place and ill shoot it down

Aerial imaging

Posted on 13-08-2017 16:32 | By Papamoaner

Aerial still photography is actually more powerful than drones. All you have to do is overlay a semi opaque and you can see straight away "what’s new"


Posted on 13-08-2017 16:29 | By Papamoaner

If you mean buildings and additions without consent, drones make no difference. Drones only provide "real time" imaging. Councils have been using aerial imaging over towns and cities for donkey’s years

Watch Out!

Posted on 13-08-2017 15:44 | By rosbo

I wonder what else the Council watch with their drones

That's just a joke by the way

Posted on 13-08-2017 14:38 | By Papamoaner

I actually know that councillo’rs work hard and burn the wick at long hours

Aha - a novel name for a councillor?

Posted on 13-08-2017 13:28 | By Papamoaner

As an amateur beekeeper I know how much work a drone does in it’s slothful lifetime of sex and unproductive food consumption.