Our Services

Precision Agriculture

We have all read how integrating drones in precision agriculture will save farmers time an money by allowing farmers to improve their yields, apply fertilizer, water and chemicals only to areas needed, monitor crop health, reduce costs associated with manned aircraft and reduce the time needed to collect data not only on a sample of a crop, but on the entire field. The question really isn’t are there benefits to using drones in agriculture, but how best to integrate drones into your operations. At SkyGen Aviation we use a mix of technologies and data analyses to provide the solutions farmers need today.

Agriculture needs are driven by crop types, environmental conditions, topography and more.  SkyGen Aviation platforms adapt to these variables to meet the needs of our clients. Our systems include Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), multispectral cameras, Infrared/Thermal cameras, and Hi-resolution images which are accurate up to 1cm per pixel. All together we can provide a full and complete review of your fields.

  • NDVI, SAVI, ENDVI and other index analyses of your fields
  • Hi-Resolution Mapping
  • Crop analysis including health, ripeness, height, disease and more
  • Complete data analytics
  • Drainage inspections/imagery 
  • Structure inspections
  • Utilize true multispectral cameras, not modified images

LiDAR


Many still view airborne lidar applications through the use of fixed wing pilot aircraft. While manned aircraft can cover larger distances in one flight, the high cost of renting LiDAR equipped aircraft, pilots, lidar trained engineers has kept the use of this extremely useful technology pretty much to the minimum.  Only big money and big budgets could afford to use airborne LiDAR systems regularly. With the tremendous improvements in drone technology, drones are enabling aerial surveying where it was either not possible due to the site location, or simply was not economically feasible.

Lidar, (Light Detection and Ranging) by definition is a remote sensing method which uses pulsed laser light to measure ranges (variable or changing distances) to the Earth.  The lidar instrument fires rapid pulses of laser light at a surface, some at up to 150,000 pulses per second. SkyGen’s 32 laser LiDAR system offers unparalleled resolution and accuracy of up to 110 data points per square meter at a resolution of +/- 1cm providing cost effective means to acquire surveys with accuracies of 1-2cm, and even sub-centimeter.

Application of LiDAR, with it’s additional ability of penetrating dense canopy and vegetation, allows the capture of square kilometers in a single day with 80-110+ data per square meter as opposed to manned aerial LiDAR of 4 point per square meter. The end products offer unparalleled precision allowing 3D models to be used in any planning, design and decision making processes across multiple business sectors.

Exploration, Oil & Gas


Working in the mining, oil and gas industries requires incredible attention to worker safety. Using drone/UAV technology to collect spatial information and conduct inspections of key equipment can significantly reduce the risk to employees working on the site.

Aerial data collection can improve overall operation productivity by reducing the need to stop operations to conduct surveys or inspect equipment, while at the same time providing higher resolution images and more accurate data then terrestrial based systems and in less time then traditional surveying and inspection processes.

In accident situations, drones can be used to measure and quantify oil spills, determine how the oil is moving in water and provide information and imagery to the command center. 

Infrared (IR) imaging can be extremely helpful to survey oil spills making it easier to see where the oil is spreading. This critical information increases the situational awareness of first responders to the incident, increasing safety and the ability to make better decisions in the clean-up planning efforts. 

Short Term Planning Mineral Exploration
  • Pit & dump managment
  • Communication of daily/weekly mining plans
  • Haul route surface optimization
  • Storm damage assessment & control
  • Resource calculation
  • Geophysical & watershed/catchment area modeling
  • Supporting photography 
 Long Term Planning  Heritage & Environmental Management 
  • Surface stability monitoring 
  • Haul road, dump and pit design
  • Control for mining in void areas
  • Mapping of steep inaccessible inclines
  • Geotechnical
  • Joint mapping 
  • Erosion Detection 
  • Vegetation change tracking
  • Game counting
  • Inundation tracking
  • Slurry pipeline stability & leakage detection
  • Surrounding community mapping
 Drill & Blast  Community
  • Up-to-date surfaces for optimized blast designs
  • Identification of misfires & wall damage
  • Pre & post blast data<
  • Community relations/marketing
  • Impact reporting
  • Imagery
 Geology  Inspection & Maintenance 
  • Stock pile management 
  • Grade control & exploration planning
  • Thermal & Video conveyor belt inpsection 
  • Leach pad, dam wall & platform contruction quality control
  • Drainage and water management
  • Watershed, drainage basin & water flow mapping

FLIR/IR

SkyGen’s Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) cameras detect infrared radiation (non-visible to the human eye), typically emitted from a heat source (thermal radiation), to create a “picture”. Normal cameras are dependent on light to produce an image whereas these thermal imagers, a.k.a. infrared cameras, create images through minimal temperature differences able of highlighting the smallest of details.

Uses are wide and varied and include valuable information about: electrical equipment, fuse connections, cables, high voltage equipment (transformers, power lines), building maintenance, Search & Rescue for ease of locating individuals or groups of people in remote or difficult to access areas, measurement of livestock health, and many more.

SkyGen’s FLIR/IR cameras enable reduced risk to employees through traditional methods of inspection such as elevated photography tripods and lifts with HD video downlinks, and onboard recording capable of sending live thermal images to monitors for real time intelligence. Our FLIR cameras can be deployed at any time of the day as your business needs demand. 

Aerial & Real Estate Photography

Aerial videography and photography are the new standard for high-end real estate marketing. From breathtaking aerial views to 360′ interior tours, the team at Above Summit is ready to create a seamless promotional package to set your listings apart from the competition. We run an efficient and clean operation, ensuring that your project remains on-time and on-budget. At SkyGen Aviation, we take the time to understand the layout of your property and we shoot the photographs when the light is in ideal. Our aerials show the surrounding neighborhoods and roads so that people can easily see how their potential home relates to the area. They also assist property managers with repair and upgrades. Whether you need a home, business, neighborhood, golf course or more, we are here to help you.

 

 

GIS & Mapping

For GIS professionals the use of drone technology has opened the way to work more efficiently and with greater accuracy. With an easy-to-deploy mapping drone land surveyors can capture highly accurate aerial imagery to create 2D and small 3D maps that may be valuable data to companies and individuals who are considering major projects on large areas of land.

Drones can compliment any land surveying project by allowing you to take flight without needing to contract and schedule manned aircraft or wait for satellites. Because of altitude limitations drones are not frequently impacted by low cloud cover. The drones utilized by SkyGen Aviation are capable of carrying multiple payloads at one time reducing the need to fly multiple missions over the same location. Whichever industry you work in, environmental protection, forestry, asset management, mining, oil & gas or others, the benefits of working with SkyGen Aviation and our drone technologies will provide real benefits, accurate data, quickly and cost-effectively.

Map Types

LiDAR Data Processing GIS Data Serivces 
  • Airborne LiDAR Processing
  • 3D Building Models
  • Breakline & Countour Generation
  • Orthophoto Generation & Color Balancing
  • 3D-Feature Vectorization
  • Parcel & Cadastral Mapping
  • Utility Mapping
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Golf Course Mapping
  • GIS Data Conversion & Digitization
UAV Data Processing  Photogrammetry Mapping
  • UAV Data Acquisition
  • Ortho Rectrification
  • 2D/3D Feature Extraction
  • 3D Data Modeling
  • 3D Video Production
  • Aerial Triangulation
  • Digital Elevation/Terrain Modeling
  • Digital Ortho Photo Production
  • Contour Mapping

Service Types

  • Pipeline Right-of-Way Staking
  • Construction Staking
  • Boundary Surveys
  • Land Partitions
  • Topographic Surveys
  • Corridor Route Surveys
  • Oil & Gas Well Staking and Pad layout surveys

Flight Training

Whether you are new to UAV aviation, seeking to learn a new facet of aerial imagery (ex. Pipeline Surveys), or a corporation standing up your own flight team, SkyGen’s expert pilots and years of flight training experience can elevate your abilities to the levels necessary for your business goals.

Training topics include:

  • Aircraft Avionics, and Power Systems
  • sUAS Systems
  • Project Planning & Considerations
  • Flight Profiles (Ex. Site Surveys, Tower Inspections, etc.)
  • Site Selection & Preparation
  • Normal Operations
  • Non-Normal Operations
  • Sterile Area & Secruity
  • sUAS Maintenance & Record Keeping
  • Risk Management
  • Air Traffic Control Requirements & Communication
  • Roles & Responsibilities of FAA Required Team Members
  • Practice, Procedure, and Importance of Fround Based Sense and Avoid
  • Much, much more
  • Oil & Gas Well Staking and Pad layout surveys

Section 333 & Consulting

SkyGen Aviation is a full service consulting firm. We will work with you to develop solutions which will establish as a legal commercial entity, understand equipment requirements and trade-offs (both hardware and software), and much more.

SkyGen Aviation in partnership with John McGraw (Deputy Director of FAA Flight Standards, Retired) were authors of the first seven Section 333 Exemptions granted. We pride ourselves on the level of detail provided in our exemption requests and flight manuls.  SkyGen will provide you with all of the documentation needed to obtain your Section 333 Exemption from the FAA and begin your commercial operation.  We believe in the establishment of long term working relationships and are willing to discuss aircraft selection, special use cases, and more.  Your Section 333 Exemption will also be filed confidentially so your competitors cannot see your aircraft or your operating procedures.  Your business, stays your business.

Our Section 333 Exemption package includes:

  • Section 333 Exemption Request Letter
  • Commercial Flight Operations Manual
  • Aircraft Flight Manual(s)
  • Secure, Confidential Filing
  • Maintenance Program
  • Safety Risk Managemetn Program
  • Mission Plan Documents

Additional packages include:

  • Movie Production & TV Operations manual for companies needing the ability to film in close proximity of people
  • Tethering Manual
  • Special Use Cases