2017 Kicks off at Holston’s Station

2017 Kicks off at Holston’s Station

2017 Kicks off at Holston’s Station

We kicked off 2017 with our first farm visit for the year at the 1300ha Holstons Station near Buchan in east Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.

The brief is to design build a complete Keyline® landscape using the #RegrariansPlatform.

We tested the new DJI #MavicPro — both for getting a bird’s eye view of the site + to time test it for checking livestock and water troughs. The #MavicPro will fly approximately 4.5km from its controller and so could be an option for saving graziers a lot of time (and money & fuel) doing routine inspections.


Fig. 1 – GoogleEarth® photo mosaic with 5m vertical elevation contours (black), boundary (red) and some of the existing fences (yellow) marked. We used the Mac app. ‘Grab’ to screenshot a number of higher resolution images of the available satellite data. We then used the ‘Photomerge’ tool in PhotoShop® Elements® to stitch these images together. We find that this will typically give us a much better quality image than if we just use the ‘Save Image’ function in GoogleEarth — especially for larger properties.


Fig. 2 – Aerial view (west) of one of the main ridges at Holstons Station.


Fig. 3 – ‘Mavical’ flying object hovering above us!


Fig. 4 – Aerial view (south east) of the #SecondaryValleys at Holstons Station which has the highest potential for #Keyline #FloodFlow irrigation.


Fig. 5 – Aerial view of the upper reaches of the same #SecondaryValley as shown in Fig. 4. The highest #Keypoint in the highest #PrimaryValley is at 10 o’clock as you go up the valley floor and its branching.


Fig. 6 – Aerial view of a trough from about 40m elevation — this was part of a trial flight to ascertain the efficacy of using consumable UAV’s for graziers in checking important elements like water troughs.


Fig. 7 – Aerial view of the same trough from about 10m elevation.


Fig. 8 – Aerial view from about 90m elevation of an empty trough. This height appears to be sufficient for checking whether or not trough’s are full or empty. Having a consistent altitude on a UAV as it traverses along its flight path reduces the time taken in descent/ascent and the total flying time per battery.

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