Association of Land Development Engineers (ALDE) General Meeting
Taylors was invited to speak at the most recent Association of Land Development Engineers (ALDE) General Meeting held at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. Alongside long-standing committee member John Yalden, both Alastair MacColl and Vaman Purohit were in attendance to speak about technological innovations which could greatly benefit the land development industry.
The presentation highlighted techniques and concepts that may not have been familiar to all attendees, and provided an overview of the current scanning techniques that Taylors utilises – including LIDAR, terrestrial laser scanning and UAV mapping. Following the introduction, the focus moved to how “technology is available to do things differently and one must adapt and embrace it” and noted that there had been “advances in technology since the last presentation.” The advances included drone technology and the potential of augmented reality.
The benefits of drone technology for the purposes of land development marketing was split into two points; one, the use of annotated UAV videos would be most useful for marketing, and two, raw and unannotated video would be best for chart viewing and progression. The accuracy of drone technology and the legal restrictions were also explored.
“There are legal restrictions [regarding] where you commercially fly a drone, we’re CASA certified and some companies are not [CASA certified] so there are more restrictions on them. Particularly spaces around airports – there are a lot of airstrips you don’t know about. Areas around towered airports are a problem, so that’s Tullamarine, Essendon, Avalon and Moorabbin. [There’s a] restriction of flying over populous areas – it’s a pretty broad term deliberately – it’s defined as an area where there’s a reasonable risk of harm to people or property in the event of a failure. So, you don’t fly it over the MCG when there’s a game on, you don’t fly it over Bondi Beach on a summer’s day because the chances of someone getting hurt in the case of a failure is too high.”
Insurance specifics were also on the minds of attendees who were wanting to use drone technology for their work and the clarification was humorous,
“Insurers are changing all the time and getting used to the drones, our insurer has come back and said, ‘we don’t cover you for eagle attacks’; we’ve had a couple of drones go down to eagle attacks…eagle versus drone, [eagle] will always win.”
On the topic of augmented reality, John Yalden clarified that, ‘[Taylors are] going to use it more and more” due to augmented reality having the potential to revolutionise how land development consultancies currently operate.
“We really think [that’s] where this industry is going to go. [You] could be in a boardroom, looking at different cities, zooming in and talking about [a project] while seated at the table. Augmented reality is geospatially correct and could increase stakeholder engagement.”
The current limitations of technology were also addressed and it was noted the technology is rapidly attempting to develop to assist the industries progression. Drone based LIDAR was the main technological advancement up for discussion but was described as ‘currently too expensive and harder to obtain and use.’
However, ‘Taylors have an eye on this technology to follow its progression and possibilities.’