Benefits of aerial surveys for land use classification

Our aerial surveys give clients a highly accurate picture of their most valuable business assets and allow them to monitor changes to the assets over time.

APEM P-68 aerial survey aircraft on survey, now with PART-SPO certificate

The surveys complement traditional field surveys in a way that is accurate and repeatable. They are a way for clients to monitor and map their land with minimal disturbance to people or animals and with 100 per cent coverage even in the most remote locations.

  • Land use map
  • Land use of Forida everglades

Using aerial surveys to classify land use

Our scientists have expertise and knowledge across a wide variety of fields and are able to address a range of problems for clients, over landscapes that vary from estuaries to upland heaths

We use a multi-tier, rule-based approach to habitat mapping that takes into account the tone, texture and context of the imagery, whether it be bespoke data that has been commissioned, readily available satellite data or a combination of the two.

We use the characteristics of the earth’s surface, as seen from the imagery, to extract a thematic representation of the land surface. The process is semi-automated, helping clients to make informed decisions in a timely and cost-effective way.

Air Operator Certificate and PART-SPO

Our Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and PART-SPO registration demonstrate our commitment to operating at the highest standards of health and safety. Together they provide our clients with complete flexibility in carrying expert technicians and task specialists on board our aircraft during surveys.

We operate under our own AOC, fully authorised and audited by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to the same rigorous standards required of major airlines.

We are also the first company to successfully register to operate under the new PART-SPO regulations. PART-SPO is a major update to the way that aerial surveys are regulated, signalling both a significant tightening of requirements and a new approach by the CAA.

It covers special operations from aerial photography to aerobatics, parachuting, cloud seeding and animal herding. APEM is registered for aerial photography, surveying and calibration.

If you have any queries, please contact David Campbell, principal remote sensing scientist.
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