Drone Services

Drones or RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) are revolutionizing the field of forestry and environmental management. We work with a wide range of companies and organizations like natural resource management companies, engineering firms, utility management companies and governments to enhance decision-making processes through the integration of drone technology. 
We want to help you use drone technology to better inform your management decisions without the need for extensive in-house resources.

Silvacom's Drone Services:

  • Monitoring:
    • Linear monitoring
    • Tree or crop health monitoring 
    • Harvest operations monitoring
  • Flight reviews
  • Group training (for groups of 6+)
  • Pre-commercial thinning planning
  • Field scouting
  • Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)
  • Establishment and competition assessments
  • Volumetric and terrain measurements
  • Land cover classification  
Field work drone 1

Drones are increasingly being used in forestry for various applications due to their versatility, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. By employing RPAS, you gain access to valuable aerial data and imagery that was previously difficult to obtain. This newfound capability allows for more informed management decisions. 

Here's how drones are contributing to the advancement of forestry and environmental management:  

  • Real-Time and Up-to-Date Imagery: Drone imagery offers an advantage over satellite imagery by providing current conditions of the forest, reflecting the present state rather than the last satellite flyover.  
  • Unparalleled Detail and Precision: The high-resolution imagery provides a comprehensive and precise understanding of the forest, allowing for more informed analysis and assessment. 
  • Enhanced Safety: Drones minimize risks by surveying difficult or hazardous areas, ensuring the safety of forestry professionals while providing crucial data for analysis.
  • Time and Cost Savings: By leveraging drones, resources can be efficiently allocated, optimizing fieldwork efforts, and reducing unnecessary trips.
  • Targeted Field Investigations: Drones enable forestry professionals to focus their field time on investigating specific problem areas. This targeted approach maximizes productivity and ensures resources are allocated to areas requiring attention.
  • Seamless Integration with GIS: Drones produce orthophotos that facilitate spatial analysis and enhancing the overall forestry management workflow.
  • Permanent Record and Collaboration: Drone imagery can be shared. This fosters effective communication, collaboration, and knowledge sharing among professionals involved in forest management. 
Adrian and Katie Drone Winter

Other Drone Services and Solutions:

  • Harvest unit depletions and stockpile reports
  • LiDAR and high-resolution imagery acquisition
  • RPAS thermal and multispectral imaging
  • Aerial surveying and mapping
  • 3D modelling of structures
  • Silviculture surveys
    • Establishment / regeneration surveys
    • Performance / free-to-grow surveys
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Biomass assessments

Why Choose Us for Your
Drone Needs?

4 Advanced Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Pilots and 4 RPAS Flight Reviewers 

Over 25 RPFs that can analyse, interpret, and process your drone data 

Our forestry, environment and remote sensing teams work collaboratively to solve your entire project needs 

We can work with you to build capacity within your team by helping your company to build a drone program

Let's Talk About Your Project

Silvacom has offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Thunder Bay to help solve your business challenges.
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We would love to talk to you about how we can help you utilize drones to provide solutions to your business needs.
 We are trained drone pilots and data analytical experts, let us help.
Alex Bilyk, MScF, RPF
Forest Inventory Innovation Manager

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