Legal Drone Solutions (LDS), located in Cape Town, is South Africa premier unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator more commonly known as Drones.
LDS specialises in low altitude, ultra-high definition aerial photography and videography for inspections, mapping, 3D modelling and more. With our fleet of drones we are able to provide a professional lower than conventional cost aerial, photogrammetry and Geographical Information Systems services.
At LDS safety and compliance isn't just a goal but a mandate. That is why we operate our commercial services within all the SACAA regulations. LDS was established to meet industry need for cost effective, accurate and reliable coverage of aerial photography.
We offer solutions for a range of applications. Whether your business requires raw data, situation assessment or a full suite of GIS ready data, we will design a tailor made, safe and low cost solutions that meet your needs.
LDS uses the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to enhance Aerial data collected with our Drones. GIS allow our clients to visualize, question, analyse and interpret their data to better understand relationships, patterns and trends for more informed decision making.
GIS coupled with high resolution drone imagery allows for robust accurate data. Here are examples of GIS applications helping industries:
Agriculture GIS Applications:
Crop Productivity – Determine crop productivity and health using indices like Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) to estimate global crop productivity. NDVI also assists in identifying problem areas through drone monitoring.
Farm Pasture Management – Collecting soils types, fence lines, roads and other data for better management of farms
Architecture GIS Applications
Line of Sight – Planning high-rise buildings and using drones to obtain planned views.
Development Planning – Community interactions and inputs through smart development planning and understanding the bigger picture.
Climate/Environmental GIS Applications
Environmental Impact Assessment – Measuring anticipated effects on the environment through the use of high resolution drone imagery of a proposed development project
Sea Level Rise – Collecting data to study sea level rise around cities from drone imagery throughout time.
Energy GIS Applications
Coal Stockpiles – Capturing high resolution drone imagery of open pit mines and resource stockpiles on a frequent base to better understand how much coal has been mined each month
Wind Farm Site Selection – Selecting suitable wind farm locations by understanding wind power, road access and developable land. Capture high resolution imagery of proposed sites for deeper understanding of terrain.
Engineering GIS Applications
Asset Management – Managing infrastructure data maintenance and their lifecycle.
Cut & Fill – Carving out 3D cut and fills for major civil engineering projects such as major road constructions.
Forestry GIS Applications
Deforestation – Gauging deforestation using drone imagery and mapping forest edges with GIS systems over time.
Illegal Logging – Survey and identify potential illegal activity with drone imagery and mapping data in a GIS system.