FESA is an active Australian professional association collaborating in forensic technical investigations, reconstruction of accidents and failures, and research.
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Last meeting - 16 June at the Auburn Hotel:
First, Patrick Irwin took us through the extensive archival photography resources that cover our world (made before Nearmap and Google).
Patrick provided a summary of a number of aerial photography archives he was able to track down. Mainly for the Victorian attendance, these included the Victorian Department of Planning, Land and Environment, University of Melb Baillieu Library, State Library of Victoria and a couple of others. Archives are of variable quality (HiRes, LowRes, B&W, negatives etc) - mostly images kept in shoe boxes (yep…just like home) and generally poorly catalogued, rarely digitised.On the positive side, he said most collections are “indexed” as is - generally difficult to then drill down and get a particular item. They also have started the process of digitising in some cases.
Jordan Schreuders from Flightcraft then presented the latest technology in drone photography and its application to investigations.
This was a great "show and tell" with lots of very nice toys. Jordan gave a brief history before discussing the types of things his company (Flightcraft.com.au – website being developed) do - mostly building inspections (he does do some advertising and video work as well).
The technology is getting cheaper and more capable BUT – he has the equivalent of a drone pilot's licence - as well as CASA approval etc. It is easy to use the gear, but very difficult coordinating its use with CASA, councils and anyone else who needs to provide approval (neighbours, etc!)
You can do just about anything you would think with a drone, but don’t expect to be able to do it “quickly”, ie without notice.
Other interesting items…you get about 15 minutes' flying time (then replace batteries).
· Varying types of cameras and lenses (zoom, 4k quality, thermal)
· Up to 20 kg payload (changing all of the time – I note a 200kg pay load in today’s paper! !?!
· Full of sensors and smarts.
A sophisticated drone (2-3 kg pay load costs about $10k, then add whatever else you want, for extra $$.
Thanks to Bill Contoyannis for this meeting summary. Our video man was away overseas so regrettably no videos are available for these presentations.
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