B.A.R.T. - Biodiversity Assessment Remote Technique
Our Drone (or U.A.V. - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) allows a great variety of applications, with which we developed an array of innovative methodologies that take the biodiversity assessment further.
These new methodologies are born from the necessity to respond to new challenges presented to us by our clients and market new trends: to improve and complement conventional techniques, with an innovative, technological, precise and modern stamp.
The advent of these new technologies creates the opportunity and makes it crucial to bring them to our reality, allowing us to reach new heights in different fields, such as cartography, flora, fauna and habitat sampling, among others.
The development of these methodologies reflects a dynamic team that makes Bioinsight an innovative, creative, visionary enterprise, which meets new challenges everyday.
Habitat and Biotopes Cartography
Our Drone, with a last generation fine HD camera assembled, allows us to get georeferenced images in the visible spectrum. These images allow us to map and build high-res orthophotomaps, which allows us to map natural areas, and assess habitats and soil use.
Our Drone allows us to build, in an economic and fast way, orthophotomaps of small and medium areas, with a great spatial resolution, making it the perfect alternative to conventional methodologies. We produce orthophotography to all kind of projects, immediately prepared to be processed and analyzed in specific software in the field of GIS.
Besides cartography and othophotogrammetry, our Drone also allows us to build three-dimensional models in detailed way, may them be buildings, wind turbines, dams, and their areas, may them be rivers, riversides, inaccessible areas or points of interest.
By manipulating these three-dimensional outputs, we get an analytical ability, otherwise unachievable.
Through medium/low height flights, we can identify priority natural habitats or species. We can also address exotic and invasive species populations, sweeping vaster areas and identifying invasive species populations promptly, addressing critical areas faster.
B.A.R.T. can also help in reforestation and habit recovery campaigns, and monitor deforestation actions.
RHS - River Habit Survey
In the scope of Water Framework Directive, which establishes a framework for the protection of inland surface waters, estuaries, coastal waters and groundwater, and established the use of hydromorphological quality elements to assess the ecological status of water bodies, the River Habit Survey (RHS) was developed to characterize the physical habitat and evaluate hydromorphological quality.
The “River Habitat Survey” (RHS), developed by the Environmental Agency (United Kingdom), offers a semi-objective method for the evaluation, with rapid and simple survey procedures using a standardized approach to characterize the physical habitat and evaluate hydromorphological quality. It was later adapted to Portuguese regional and river characteristics, in order to accurately record habitat features, assess habitat quality and comply with legal requirements.
Our Drone complements this methodology in an innovative way, perfecting it, and creating an analytical tool, which allows a different perspective on the hydromorphological elements, namely:
Hydrological regime (quantity and dynamics of water flow; connection to groundwater bodies);
Morphological conditions (depth and width variation; river bed structure and substrate; structure of riparian zone).
With B.A.R.T we manage to get the photographic support to sustain the results, and to get a permanent record of conditions within the river, which can be revisited later, or used to quantify change over time.
We also gain a new capability to address otherwise inaccessible areas.
More than monitoring bats, our Drone becomes one itself!
In Bioinsight we developed an innovative bat monitoring technique. Our Drone carries a last generation bat ultrasound detector, allowing us to get results in areas previously unachievable, such as at wind turbine height.
Aerial Video and Photography
Our Drone allows the collection of georeferenced images and videos, to all kind of purposes.
From marketing and corporate aerial videos and photos, inspections and civil work monitoring, to unknown areas recognition, B.A.R.T. can also help you present your project, study areas and areas to be intervened in an innovative fashion.
Our Drone allows us to cover small and medium size areas, and to obtain excellent resolution images, from up to 200meter altitude. This way, we can prospect and count birds in restricted areas, such as lagoons, estuaries and resting sites. With HD quality, we can quickly count the birds in these areas, in a given moment.
We can also make bird counting in inaccessible areas, or where the technician presence can cause disturbance and affect the results, such as estuarine feeding sites.