Waste Management

Waste Management

Environmental engineering and sampling companies are using UAVs to deliver real-time data to landfill management so they can operate the landfill as efficiently as possible.

Drones are proving to be a more cost effective, safer and faster alternative to traditional manned flight methods of collecting landfill data. Drones are also being used to produce high-resolution 3D models of landfills. These models are being used to consistently monitor how the landfill is changing over time, allowing the management team to avoid potentially hazardous and costly issues.

One large benefit of drones is the ability to create 3D models and geo-referenced photos. This means that large areas can be surveyed using orthophotography, the process of when an aerial photograph is geometrically corrected (“orthorectified”) such that the scale is uniform: the photo has the same lack of distortion as a map.

Beyond landfills drones are proving to be a valuable tool for other forms of waste management. Coastal communities are using the aerial photos to monitor litter on their beaches. Drones are also being utilized to monitor illegal disposal of industrial waste.